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:
- 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)
- In August 2018, the Main Street Employee Ownership Act was passed, which directs the Small Business Administration to provide education, outreach, reporting, and better loan access to employee owned businesses. The USFWC is proud to have helped bring about this first ever federal level legislation that features worker cooperatives.
- 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]
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.