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USFWC - US Federation of Worker Cooperatives
Statement of Purpose
To explore opportunities for collaboration with labor unions for mutual benefit.
Benefits to unions:
ew network of dynamic members with social vision about worker ownership, and skills in collaborative decision-making;
Connections in international fair trade and socially conscious business, worldwide;
Benefits to co-ops:
Access to benefits including pension and health care benefits;
Solidarity with the union movement on social benefits to workers such as advocacy on workers rights, and health care reform
Access to capital for co-op formation;
Benefits to both co-ops and unions:
Advocacy for a US employee ownership bank through legislation currently being sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders, to benefit all workers.
Prepare a list of unionized co-ops.
Prepare a list of unions that have co-op members.
Research political, advocacy, and lobbying issues which represent opportunities to partner with unions.
Organize meetings for co-op members who are unionized to plan outreach to their unions.
Request endorsement from AFL-CIO and individual unions for U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Investigate union pensions and benefits starting with the Taft-Hartley pensions by using
Design workshops for worker co-op and union conferences.
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