by Kirk Vartan, worker owner at A Slice of New York, USFWC member On January 29, 2021, the City of Santa Clara officially announced their Worker Cooperative Initiative around […]Read More >
It’s tax time – where do we start? This webinar will help businesses to navigate tax season, with an emphasis on the particular needs for worker cooperatives when doing their […]Read More >
Este es un taller especialmente dirigido para las cooperativas de inmigrantes estructuradas como LLCs o Sociedades de Responsabilidad Limitada. Aquí podremos revisar diferentes temas que les servirán como una guía […]Read More >
On Wednesday, 1/13, we delivered our joint letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris asking them to issue an executive order to halt all household utility shutoffs during the […]Read More >
Timely and thorough conversation on The Laura Flanders Show how we can learn the lessons of post-Great Depression economic recovery. USFWC Executive Director, Esteban Kelly brings to the forth the […]Read More >
Para Español, haga clic aquí 2020 required action in all ways: financial and technical assistance for our worker co-ops, education for the government and finance providers, and direct advocacy […]Read More >
On December 4, 2020, a Worker Cooperative Bill was passed by the House of Councilors (Diet) in Japan. “We, cooperative workers in Japan, finally got a law of our own! […]Read More >
This holiday season, buy gifts for friends and loved ones from cooperatives! Whether you purchase a product or a service, cooperatives offer and deliver great quality while being owned by […]Read More >
Every year, we celebrate members of the USFWC. 2020 had no shortage of challenges and USFWC family rose to the challenge. From starting new cooperatives to meet new and urgent […]Read More >
At our October membership meeting, we reviewed our financial health, reported on the growth of our membership, projected to 2021 policy work, and recognized members who, in the face of […]Read More >
As the USFWC continues to support the worker co-op community through the COVID-19 crisis, we are keeping tabs on developments from the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding its programs to […]Read More >
USFWC members, your nominations for Regional Representatives to the USFWC board are in! Now it’s time to vote. Click here to meet the board candidates and hear their candidacy statements. […]Read More >
This year has been unprecedented in many ways. The November election results at local and national levels will have grand implications for all – for co-ops and for our communities. Challenging times call on us to use our gifts for the wellbeing of our communities. One of the gifts of cooperation is our ability to practice democracy. As cooperators, we know that democracy is much more than voting. It is a field that needs tending to, before, during, and after harvest. It must be maintained and co-created.
Co-ops shape democracy every day in the workplace. Through collective decision-making, elections, education, training, and community building, we have learned to shape governance in our livelihoods. Now it’s time to help shape a more inclusive, equitable and diverse democracy in our communities, in our cities, in our states, and in the country.
Why should co-ops participate in voter registration and turnout for the November elections locally and nationally?
- About 30% of eligible voters are not registered to vote, but, according to polling data, they would register if asked or reminded.
- Due to the COVID pandemic, voter registration rates have dropped, there is a shortage of polling workers and polling places, and mail in voting is under-resourced.
- While the second cooperative principle calls for democratic control, the seventh democratic principle calls for community concern. This is a time that, in the words of Maurice Mitchell at The Worker Co-op Conference, calls for “all hands.” It calls for all votes.
Throughout the month, we’re going to be featuring interviews with cooperators and movement leaders on lessons on democratic practices from the cooperative movement.
Co-ops play a central role in the community and, especially during a pandemic, are uniquely positioned to: help people register to vote, act as a conduit of critical voting information, and help people make a plan to vote.
The USFWC and DAWI have partnered with NRECA, Vote.coop, NCBA CLUSA, and National Voter Registration Day to help cooperators and those we serve get registered to vote and get out the vote in November.
After Registering to Vote, get #VoteReady with this toolkit, including information on:
- Healthy voting amid COVID
- What’s on the ballot in your community
- Voting by mail
- Earliest possible dates & deadlines
- Requesting your mail-in ballot
- Know if you can track your ballot once you’ve sent it in
- Voting in person
- Polling locations
- Proper ID’s
- Help other vote
- Serve as a poll worker
- Sign up to be an election protection volunteer
- Save and share the number for the election protection hotline in several languages
Want to help get your whole community ready to vote?
- Help recruit poll workers via Power the Polls and the National Poll Worker Recruitment Day of Action (September 1)
- Become a National Voter Education Week partner (October 5-9):
- Become a Vote Early Day partner (October 24):
- For nonprofit organizations: participate in Nonprofit VOTE’s digital activation calendar “Nonprofits Countdown to the Elections”
The USFWC Worker Benefits Program has officially opened for enrollment! December 9th is the deadline for your workplace to enroll. You do not need to be a worker co-op […]Read More >
In this moment of crisis, worker cooperatives are a reliable, proven solution to address loss of jobs as well as income inequality. COVID-19 has devastated the small business community, and […]Read More >
Photo Credit to the New Economy Coalition. Rest in Power, Elandria Williams The cooperative community has lost a tremendous spirit this week with the passing of Elandria Williams, a visionary […]Read More >
Click here to watch the recording Recorded on Facebook Live on Sept 16th, this is a roundtable event to discuss how worker cooperatives can provide a viable alternative for baby […]Read More >
Para español, haga clic aquí The November elections are less than 50 days away. Like most things in 2020, the election will look very different this year, but the need […]Read More >
Para Español, haga clic aquí Day 1 Keynote with Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, featuring comments from Representative Rashida Tlaib, NYC Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal, and Senator Bernie Sanders. […]Read More >