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Catalyzing worker co-ops & the solidarity economy

Report on the first US study of the worker co-op experience

“I am living my full purpose in my work. I feel a deep sense of comradery with my co-workers. I feel agency without the overwhelm of total responsibility. I am deeply happy with my job.“

What’s it like working at a worker co-op? We have thousands of anecdotes and business numbers on our movement, and now for the first time we have data about the lived experience within democratic worker-owned firms.

The Worker Co-op Census is the first national study of worker cooperatives from the perspective of individual employees and worker-owners, sponsored by the Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) and conducted in partnership with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), Center on Wisconsin Strategy, and University of Wisconsin Survey Center.

From job quality, lower turnover, and a greater voice in decision-making, this study shows a deeper view of the experiences, successes, and challenges of democratic business. Worker-owners, newbies to cooperativism, developers, and allies will all gain a better understanding of the field. Let’s use this information to adapt, advocate, and better serve the worker co-op movement!

***This webinar is presented in English

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