Membership Application

The USFWC has six (6) member classes with specific membership criteria, voting status, and annual dues amount. Please use the following member class descriptions to determine the appropriate membership class for your workplace or organization.

Review complete Eligibility Criteria for all member classes.

Please use this Membership Application for all member classes (except individuals – see below)



Workplaces that are majority democratically owned and governed by paid workers; have been operational for at least one year; and have Board approved bylaws / operating agreement.

Votes weigh 3; unlimited eligibility to run for board.

Total 2015 Wages x 0.1%

($200 minimum)



Workplaces that are democratically managed and/or governed, but do not meet the full definition of a worker cooperative. Includes democratically managed non-profits, multi-stakeholder cooperatives with worker member class, and democratically-run 100% ESOPS.

Votes weigh 2; board representation limited to 1/3 of seats

Total 2015 Wages x 0.1%

($200 minimum)



Associations of three or more democratic workplaces joined together for purposes of mutual aid. Cross-sector cooperative associations with at least worker cooperative members are invited to join under this member class.

Votes weigh 3; unlimited eligibility to run for board


$100 – $1000 Sliding Scale Determined by Member


Organizations that develop worker cooperative as part or all of their activities.

Votes weigh 1, total cannot exceed 25% of all votes; eligible to run for maximum of developer board seats

$250 – $1,000, sliding scale based on formula of 0.1% of organization budget allocated to worker coop development


Groups in the process of creating a new worker cooperative or democratic workplace or transitioning an existing business into a worker cooperative; and worker cooperatives and democratic workplaces that have been operational for less than one year; and newly formed cooperative developers that have not yet developed an operating worker cooperative enterprise. $250 flat fee per year

(startup workplaces being actively supported by a Coop Developer member may join USFWC for reduced rate of $100/year)


Organizations and businesses that support, in theory and practice, the worker cooperative model and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives $100  – $1,000, sliding scale based on formula of 0.1% of organizational budget for economic, co-op, or community development


Individuals that support workplace democracy and stand in solidarity with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives. Join as a Monthly Sustainer: $10+ per month

Join as a ‘Friend of Federation‘: $25+ per year

*Voting Member Classes