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 2023 highlights from some of our Councils & Networks:
- Union Co-ops Council – The council ended the year by hosting a screening of Works For All, a documentary film about the Cincinnati, Ohio worker co-op ecosystem and the worker-owners who are creating an economy that works for us all.
- Policy & Advocacy Council – This year, the P&A Council strategized on state advocacy efforts and developed strategies to engage membership more deeply in advocacy work, strengthening our peer collaboration and knowledge-sharing. The Policy and Advocacy Council has planned out a jam-packed 2024, setting priorities to equip the worker co-op community to become strong advocates, to secure funding for the WORK act, and to hone in on our public policy priorities.
- International Council – This year the council hosted their first webinar: Global Social and Solidarity Economy Organizations – watch the recording here! The International Council is planning its second webinar for January 2024. The theme will be lessons that the US can learn from the European worker co-op ecosystem.
- Racial & Economic Justice Council – The Racial and Economic Justice Council met on Wednesday December 6th to learn more about USFWC’s endorsement of the Rising Majority Ceasefire Statement. Members expressed interest in continuing political education and working to compile a list of BDS solidarity economy resources and groups.
Check our events calendar soon for the meeting times of our Member Councils and Peer Networks in 2024!