Our Member Councils and Peer Networks are shaping the future of the worker co-op movement in the U.S. through offers and needs markets, collective education & learning and political advocacy for a worker-centered economy. Here are the highlights for this month from some of our Councils & Networks:
- Union Co-ops Council – The Union Co-ops Council heard from Ra Criscitiello and Sanjay Pinto about an exciting new open resource, the Anti-Racist Facilitation Guide to Co-op Development, which includes a module on union co-ops. You can download the resource at https://www.solidarityresource.org/ – check it out!
- Policy & Advocacy Council – The P&A Council dug into our advocacy resources, available to all members to support efforts to share the worker ownership model, and got a first look at our new Advocacy Toolkit, which will be released later this month. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
- International Council – The International Council held its second official meeting of its Executive Committee and is looking forward to recruiting members at the Spring Membership Meeting. Register here for the meeting. During the second half of 2023, the council will be hosting a short webinar series about the international cooperative ecosystem. Be on the lookout for an invitation in future member emails!
- Racial & Economic Justice Council – Later this year, we will be re-launching the Racial & Economic Justice Council. This will be a space for members to come together and share issues they are working on and organize with each other – learn more at the USFWC Spring Member Meeting May 24th.
- Movimiento de Inmigrantes en las Cooperativas – We are re-launching Movimiento de Inmigrantes en Cooperativas – our Spanish language immigrant worker-owner Member Council this year at the Spring Member Meeting on May 24th. Want to learn more? Make sure to register for the meeting now!
- Co-op Booksellers Peer Network – The booksellers’ monthly meeting had discussion around curation, increasing traffic, co-op operating agreements and onboarding. The group continues to meet on the first Fridays at 4pm ET.
- Federation Partners Peer Network – At the quarterly meeting, the Federation Partners discussed how to assess their worker co-op ecosystems using the Democracy at Work Institute’s tool.
- Co-op Academies Peer Network – The next Co-op Academies Peer Network meeting will be on Monday May 22nd at 3:30pm ET, and the main topic will be on setting expectations around workloads for academy participants.
Members, be sure to register for our USFWC Virtual Spring Member Meeting May 24th to hear more from your Member Councils and help shape their future work!