Want to start a peer network?
The USFWC is always open to providing a platform and a space for members to gather together around important issues and sectors of the worker co-op community. Please contact the membership team at email@example.com to discuss new peer network ideas.
About the Peer Network: A member and invitation-only peer network for regional organizations focused on cultivating local worker co-op ecosystems.
How to Join: This peer network is invitation-only. Members should email membership [at] usworker [dot] coop for more information.
Tech Worker Co-ops
About the Peer Network: A community of worker-owned tech cooperatives committed to making the software, information technology, and digital media industry better for all people. This peer network aims to create an alternative in the industry by centering women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups as well as by breaking down systems of oppression and advancing uses of technology for justice and liberation. The Tech Worker Co-op Peer Network is a great way to cultivate new clients for your co-op and get real world feedback from tech peers on how to apply cooperative principles within the tech sector.
How to Join: The Tech Worker Cooperative Peer Network is open to all USFWC members. If you are a member and you would like to request an application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worker Co-op Farms
About the Peer Network: The Worker Co-op Farm Peer Network is a space for worker coop farms from across the U.S. to share stories, do peer advisory, communicate, and share strategy and resources.
How to Join: Members should email email@example.com for more information about this peer network.
Build and Design
About the Peer Network: This peer network is for worker cooperatives in the construction, solar and landscaping industries. Its goal is to encourage and facilitate the conversations that foster peer advisory and mutual aid as well as to identify programs and benefits that the USFWC could develop to support members in these industries.
How to Join: Email michael [at] usworker [dot] coop to request to join the peer network’s listserv.
Holding Change Cooperative Consulting Peer Network
About the Peer Network: aims to encourage cross pollination and collaboration among facilitators, educators, and other magical creatures that support democratic workplaces and worker cooperatives holding change. Naming inspiration from Holding Change by adrienne maree brown.
How to Join: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooperative Booksellers Peer Network
About the Peer Network: to promote mutual support and collaboration among worker and consumer owned cooperatives in the United States and around the world. We believe cooperatively owned bookstores can promote workplace democracy, sustainable local economies, and an economy that places people over profits. We come together in the spirit of the sixth Cooperative Principle which states that cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
How to Join: Email michael [at] usworker [dot] coop to request to join the peer network’s listserv and monthly meeting calendar events.
Language Justice Co-ops
About the Peer Network: The Peer Network is made up of worker cooperatives who provide language-related services like interpretation, translation, transcription, multilingual capacity building, interpreter training and language education.
How to Join: Members should email email@example.com for more information and to join this peer network.
Operations & Human Resources
About the Peer Network: This Peer Network is for discussions about operations, administration, and human resources at worker co-ops and democratic workplaces. Members are invited to ask and answer questions and share resources on topics such as finances, bookkeeping, personnel policy, employee benefits, staff evaluation, hiring and firing, compliance, project management systems, office technology, and more.
How to Join: You can subscribe to the listserv here.
About the Peer Network: The Co-op Academies Peer Network is a community of practice for educators, facilitators, and other practitioners to share resources, lessons, and inspirations from worker co-op academies across the US. The network grew out of conversations of New Economy Coalition members in 2021 and became a USFWC peer network in fall 2022.
How to Join: Email academies-subscribe [at] lists [dot] usworker [dot] coop to join the email list. Reach out to maureen [at] usworker [dot] coop with any questions.
Peer Networks in development:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about any of these in-development peer networks.