Worker Co-op Advocacy Updates Q4 2020

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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 to ensure that our most affected and most vulnerable communities  were taken care of through the compounding effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, attacks on Black, Brown, Indigenous and Immigrant communities, and the climate change.

In this first Worker Co-op Advocacy Quarterly Update, we heard from worker owners Cat Murcek from the Samakaya Yoga and Scoliosis Collective/NYC NOWC Advocacy Council and Kirk Vartan from A Slice of New York, as well as cooperative updates from  Kate LaTour of NCBA CLUSA, local government partnerships with Zen Trenholm of DAWI, and a look at our year in advocacy from USFWC Policy Director  Mo Manklang. Watch the recording to learn about worker co-op advocacy and public policy work with federal, state, and local government, and how the worker co-op movement is rising to address critical needs through economic justice and partnerships with movements. .

View the presentation slides

Download the brief “Worker Co-ops: Weathering the Storm of COVID-19″ which illustrates the resiliency, innovation and care for communities throughout the worker co-op ecosystem in the face of adversity.

Encourage your elected official in the U.S. House of Representatives to join the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus, organized by NCBA CLUSA

Read NCBA CLUSA’s new report outlining policy strategies to jumpstart cooperative development and expansion.

The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives is your national advocate; representing the interests of worker cooperatives and promoting workplace democracy with federal agencies and elected officials.

If you are interested in joining this work and sharing your local or state advocacy efforts, join our Policy and Advocacy Council calls or reach out to

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