WHEREAS, our employers are earning record profits while the wages of working families stagnate; and
WHEREAS, worker ownership has proven to be fruitful when ownership means much more than just the value of a share; and
WHEREAS, our former International President Lynn Williams was instrumental in forming the Western Labour/Worker Co-op Council in Saskatoon, SK in 2006; and
WHEREAS, the USW began efforts of collaboration in 2009 with the Mondragon Cooperatives, the world’s largest worker-owned cooperative with 85,000 worker-owners, to develop unionized, worker-owned cooperatives in the United States and Canada;[...]
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that:
(1) Our Union will continue to pursue every responsible avenue to ensure that the investments of the USW and of USW members collectively are used in a way that not only provides a reasonable monetary return, but also provides job security, job creation and invests in our communities.
(2) Our Union will continue to promote and develop unionized, worker-owned Union Co-ops, as well as other forms of worker-ownership, as a profitable and sustainable means to create jobs and support our communities.
(3) The USW supports the United States Federation of Worker Co-operatives (www.usworker.coop) and the Canadian Worker Co-op Federation (www.canadianworker.coop) in their efforts to promote and support worker-owned businesses. The USW further supports 1worker1vote.org in developing unionized, worker-owned Union Co-ops.
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