Connect with Cooperators

The U.S. Federation of Worker Co-ops is using the online chat application Slack to create a forum for our members to connect.

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Get help from the Co-op Clinic

The USFWC's Co-op Clinic is a professional network of peer advisors for democratic business.  This program aims to meet the demand for technical assistance and development advice with high-quality services, and increase worker cooperative technical assistance capacity from inside the movement. Learn more >

Service Provider Directory

This directory includes cooperative technical assistance providers and professional service providers, such as cooperative-friendly lawyers, accountants, tax preparers, interpretation services, marketing professionals, and more.

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The USFWC is committed to equipping all of our members with the resources they need to succeed.

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This guide organizes DAWI and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives’ library of resource documents.  You can also see the complete list. or search the library. If you have materials you would like to contribute, please contact Joe Marraffino at

(note: clicking on any of these links will take you to the Democracy at Work Institute’s website)

In addition to worker cooperatives, there are many other types of democratic workplaces, including but not limited to:

  • Multi-stakeholder cooperatives, where workers are one of several member/owner category
  • Consumer cooperatives with democratic staff self-management
  • Non-profit organizations with democratic staff self-management
  • ESOPs with majority worker ownership

These businesses and organizations provide paid employment to workers who, while not direct owners or sole owner class, have democratic self-management in the workplace.

How workplace democracy manifests itself in different businesses and organizations, depends on many factors and can be influenced by industry, age, and size. But the core principle remains that workers have some form of democratic participation in the workplace.

Learn about the different types of other democratic workplaces:

Some well-known democratic workplaces include:

If you work at a democratic workplace, we invite you to join the USFWC!

Retiring? Considering selling your business? Your employees may be your best buyer!

With the increasing number of baby boomers approaching retirement, many are looking for a succession plan and exit strategy that allows them to see the legacy of their business continue on while they enter retirement.

If you’re a selling business owner, or employees are a business up for sale, we hope these resources offer a helpful place to start.

To speak with a conversion advisor directly, please visit our partners with the Conversion Collaborative ‘Becoming Employee Owned’ resource site:


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