Join Cooperation DC, the DC Black Workers Center and ONE DC as we share the history and current global context for worker cooperatives, share about what’s being built in DC, and about how you can be a part of strengthening the local movement. Refreshments provided by our local worker-owned catering cooperative, Zenful Bites.
We can't do this without you! Please make a donation and spread the word so we can keep this training and the ongoing technical assistance free for our grassroots worker cooperative start-ups. This includes help with website and marketing materials creation, legal, business planning, licensing, cooperative governance, conflict resolution, and more.
Do you know anyone in the process of starting a worker cooperative? We have a few spots available in our worker owner training on Saturday, Nov 7, 10am-4pm. Please write DCWorkerCoops@gmail.com or call 443-562-5856 to RSVP. Thank you!
**More about worker cooperatives**
A worker cooperative is a business that is owned and governed by its employees. A growing body of research and experience points to the powerful positive impact of worker ownership in increasing productivity, job satisfaction and company performance, raising industry standards in low-wage work, and even positively affecting public health. These findings have lead US cities – including New York City, Madison, and Austin – to invest in worker cooperatives in recent years. They can be found in a wide range of industries around the country and world, including home healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.
There are examples of low-wage workers in New York City who have formed worker cooperatives and have seen their hourly wages increase from $10 to $25 per hour within just a few years. Worker ownership provides workers with increased control over their work environment, reduced incidents of workplace abuse, and increased job security. Worker cooperatives are also less vulnerable to economic shocks.
To learn more, watch:
-- Own the Change: Building Economic Democracy One Worker Coop at a Time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G1-SYMatNc
-- New Era Windows / The Working World - https://vimeo.com/134952764
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