When asked about The Staffing Cooperative’s long-term plans, their team hopes to continue acquiring and creating new subsidiaries with workers in different industries. This would allow for a conglomerate of industry knowledge that can be used to benefit workers and the overall health of the cooperative. In addition, the goal isn’t just to acquire for growth, but to support workers long-term and provide ways for them to move between industries. Typical worker-cooperatives are not looking at scale in the same way. The Staffing Cooperative is creating a new way of thinking about cooperative potential. By being a holding company on a large scale, there’s potential for higher wages and rates, more benefits, and better insurance policies.
We asked The Staffing Cooperative for three pieces of advice for others interested in worker-ownership models. They said:
- Don’t think of it as structure first, think of the worker first.
- Don’t let a company’s structure get in the way.
- Prioritize relationships. For them, it took sitting together as an entire team and hashing out what exactly membership would look like.