The Union Co-ops Council met on Friday, September 13th for our regular monthly meeting. As usual, we had a strong group of attendees from across the country — here’s a few takeaways:
- Member Northwest Cooperative Development Center has been providing assistance to Working Systems, a CWA affiliated company that specializes in web-based and desktop applications for unions, on converting to a worker co-op as its owners and senior staff are looking to retire. This conversion will save 13 jobs and create 3 new jobs!
- The Union Co-ops Council has formed an Education and Outreach Task Force, concentrating on documenting the stories of worker co-ops and unions collaborating to benefit workers. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping to tell this story.
- The Council is organizing a pre-conference event on the Friday before the Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, focused on the broader frame of solidarity and understanding how unions and worker co-ops are all a part of a larger solidarity economy. It will feature lessons from the International Labour Organization as well as local ecosystems as well as breakouts to turn discussion into action.
The next Union Co-ops Council meeting will take place on November 8th – register here to join these member calls.
Photo via Working Systems