Worker Ownership State Advocacy (WOSA) Fellowship

The Worker Ownership State Advocacy (WOSA) Fellowship is a pilot program of the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives that equips and supports worker owners as advocates and spokespeople for worker co-op initiatives in their home state.

Two fellows from each state will be selected on an invitation-basis, in tandem with federation partner recommendations.

The states included in the pilot program are:

  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Colorado

Timeline and workload:

  • The fellowship will take place between September 2021 and February 2022.
  • There will be about 3 virtual convenings each month, consisting of:
    • All Fellows Sessions: All fellows will be required to attend these sessions, in which they will build relationships, share practices, and focus in peer sharing and recommendations
    • 1:1 Sessions: Each state cohort will meet 1:1 with a USFWC organizer
    • USFWC Policy and Advocacy Council Call / State Calls: Each fellows must attend at least 1 of these calls per month

Compensation:

We know that advocacy work involves time and attention that should be compensated, and this fellowship is designed to include a stipend to offset the cost of participation for the fellows and their workplaces. Each fellow will receive $600 to offset the cost of their participation in the project (a total of $1200 allocated per state).

At this time, we only have the capacity to support the fellowship in English. We aim to extend this program to Spanish speakers with future cohorts.