PACA and the USFWC are partnering to support worker cooperatives in the Philadelphia area, connecting them to both a national and local network of peers, trainings, and supports.

PACA is a nonprofit and a cooperative committed to growing a network of cooperative enterprises  that operate in all sectors of the economy to build a better world. Our members are co-op businesses in the Philadelphia region representing over 20,000 member-owners within worker co-ops, food co-ops, housing co-ops, credit unions, and others.

The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) is the national grassroots membership organization for worker cooperatives. Our mission is to build a thriving cooperative movement of stable, empowering jobs through worker-ownership. We advance worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, advocacy and development.

Who is this for?

This partnership supports worker co-ops and democratic workplaces.

Other PACA members are welcome to join as associates.

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Joint Member Benefits

Education, Training, and Resources

  • Free and discounted educational workshops and trainings through PACA, USFWC, such as democratic management, leadership development, and anti-oppression trainings.
  • Fee for service training and technical assistance through PACA & USFWC

Democratic Participation

  • Nominate candidates for and vote for PACA’s board of directors  
  • Eligible members can vote and run for the USFWC’s board of directors
  • Updates about PACA and the USFWC’s development

Health Related Benefits

  • Access to the USFWC’s affordable, transparent, easy-to-use dental and vision plans through Ameritas and Eyemed
  • Connection to our broker for general health insurance

Public Policy

  • A voice on behalf of co-ops and credit unions with government and the public to support cooperative businesses and development
  • National advocacy for worker co-ops and democratic ownership

Committees, Councils and Peer Networks


  • Fundraising Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Public Policy Committee
  • Communications Committee


  • Policy and Advocacy Member Council
  • Movimiento de Inmigrantes en Cooperativas (Immigrant Member Council)
  • Racial and Economic Justice Member Council
  • Union Co-ops Member Council
  • Conversions Peer Network
  • Farming Peer Network
  • Keystone Peer Network

Marketing & Outreach

  • Curation and sharing of local and national worker co-op news, programs, and job opportunities, amplification of local work

Funding Support

  • Assistance with finding and accessing capital and funding sources


  • Coordination with local, national and international movement partners to promote worker co-ops throughout the world