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:
- New York
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
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.