Advocacy & Public Policy

The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives is your national advocate; representing the interests of worker cooperatives and promoting workplace democracy with federal agencies and elected officials. In addition to acting as a voice for worker-ownership nationally, our staff and Board also support local advocacy campaigns initiated by USFWC members.

We organize at three different levels to advance policies that support workplace democracy:

  • Federal: Through active participation in the Interagency Working Group on Cooperative Development, we advocate directly with government agencies such as the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Labor  (DOL), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the US Department of Agriculture, The White House, and more. To stay informed and get involved, please join our Member Council (details below)
  • State: In 2015 we supported the passage of California's AB816, a new bill authorizing the establishment of worker cooperatives in California. We support members in leading efforts to research, draft, and introduce state statutes to establish the worker cooperative model. Contact to learn more.
  • Local: Many USFWC members are actively leading local organizing efforts in Madison, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, and more. If you are USFWC member interested in organizing a local advocacy campaign, please contact Mo Manklang at

Policy and Advocacy Member Council
Join other USFWC members interested in advancing worker ownership and workplace democracy through public policy efforts and advocacy campaigns. Launched in 2015, the council meets monthly to strategize and share information about local, state, and federal efforts.

Monthly conference calls are hosted 3rd Thursday of every month at 1pm ET. See the events calendar to confirm the next date and time. Contact Mo Manklang to get involved.

Advocacy Map & Policy Table
Co-maintained by USFWC and Democracy at Work Institute, our Advocacy Map and corresponding Policy Table highlight efforts across the country, providing detailed information and reference links.

News Articles & Updates

RFP for 'Worker Cooperative Fund Program' - City of Madison, Wisconsin (Feb 2016)

"NCBA Announces Launch of Congressional Cooperatives Business Caucus", by National Cooperative Business Association , Jan. 5, 2016 (source: NCBA)

"Advocacy Support for Worker Cooperatives", by David Morgan, Sept. 15, 2015

"Oakland Passes Resolution in Support of Worker Cooperatives", by Yassi Eskandari, Sept. 8, 2015 (source: Sustainable Economies Law Center)

"Gov. Brown Signs California Worker Cooperative Act", by Christina Oatfield, Aug. 12, 2015
(source: Sustainable Economies Law Center)

"NYC Continues to Pioneer Innovative Economic Development Strategies, Committing Another $2.1M to Worker Cooperative Development", by Camille Kerr, June 26, 2015 (source: Democracy at Work Institute)

"Local Government Support for Cooperatives: Case Studies from Madison, New York, and Minneapolis, ", prepared by Camille Kerr for the Austin Co-op Summit, April 9, 2015 (source: Democracy at Work Institute)

"Beyond Business As Usual: Putting Cooperation to Work in Austin", by Cooperation Texas, April 2015