San Diego Legal Workshop on Worker Cooperatives



Please come join us and distribute this invitation widely

We would like to invite you to our Grand Opening Event for the Vermont Gage Carwash which is now owned by the workers. The event will be at 2:30 PM on February 22 at the carwash: 6219 S Vermont Ave Los Angeles CA 90034. We will have speakers for the Clean Carwash Campaign and city/county elected officials, along with the workers and unions involved. Music, vendors, other cooperatives with also be there.

Vermont Gage Carwash Cooperative Grand Opening Event

The carwash that made history by being the first unionized carwash has made history again by becoming the first worker cooperative carwash. Come join us to celebrate this victory for working people.

In Solidarity,
Liz Ryder



"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has." –Margaret Mead"


TED Talk about LUCI: Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative


LUCI Member , Niki Okuk, gives a TED talk at TEDx Crenshaw October 2016.  Today it was released to the public.

Niki Okuk

Title/Occupation: Worker – Owner, LA Union Cooperative Initiative

Bio: Niki grew up in Los Angeles attending Audobon Middle School, High School in Oakland, CA, community college in San Francisco, later majoring in Economics at Columbia University in New York. After working in development with the office of Joseph Stiglitz, and working in finance in Korea and Singapore. Niki completed her MBA with Nanyang University in Singapore, including a sustainability certificate at Sloan School of Business at MIT. She has has since returned to Los Angeles to build democratic and sustainable businesses, co-founding Rco Tires, a tire recycling and manufacturing company in Compton.


Title of Talk: Business/Entrepreneurship

How does this fit in with our theme: This years TedxCrenshaw is about taking stock and getting a clear view of our community’s strengths and weaknesses. Our economy is owned by people that do not live in our communities, such as stock market investors and CEO’s of major corporations. Corporate employment pushes down wages and externalizes cost to achieve ever increasing profits.  Those profits go out of our community to share holders and CEO’s that live all around the world, robbing our local tax pool as well as impoverishing our workers.  Corporate employment is pumping wealth out of our communities.   To affect real change to the social problems in our communities, we need a fundamental shift in the business paradigm.


Quoted from TEDxCrenshaw:

Vermont Gage Carwash Cooperative Launch Event

The carwash that made history by being the first unionized carwash has made history again by becoming the first worker cooperative carwash.  Come join us to celebrate this victory for working people.
Speakers will include:
Clean Carwash Campaign
Dave Campbell USW675

1Worker:1Vote Union Co-op Newsletter

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Congratulations to two union co-ops making news recently!

Workers OK first contract, making Wedge first union co-op in Minnesota – "Workers at the Wedge voted Tuesday [April 5th] to ratify their first union contract, making the Minneapolis grocer the state’s first unionized co-op.

"Wedge Community Co-op workers voted last November to join United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189, seeking higher wages, an equitable process for dealing with management and a voice in decisions that affect the co-op’s culture and working environment.

"In negotiations described by Local 1189 as ‘fairly smooth,’ Wedge workers made real progress on those issues. Read the article from the Union Advocate."

In March, Green Taxi Co-op received authority to operate the newest Taxi Co-Op in Colorado – that’s 800 new owner drivers! And, congrats to those at the CWA Local 7777 who played a big role in helping organize these worker owners! Read more about Green Taxi Co-op in Yes! Magazine.

Help us build a 21st Century Labor Movement!

As we prepare for CommonBound in July…We want to hear from you! Are you working to create a new vision for worker justice and organizing? Have you invested in new models that worked? Have you taken risks that failed, but taught you valuable lessons in how the labor movement can and should be innovating right now?

View CommonBound Track: "Building a 21st Century Labor Movement" for more, including how to contact us.

Upcoming Events

April 8-10: North American Forum on the Social Solidarity Economy Forum, Detroit, MI

April 14-15: Activating Markets for Social Change, Los Angeles, CA

April 22: The Cooperative Economy: Building a Sustainable Future, Cincinnati, OH

June 6: Good Jobs, Green Jobs 2016, Cleveland, OH

July 8-10: CommonBound 2016, Buffalo, NY

Visit our Events Calendar to see where we’ll be speaking and visiting! If you’d like to invite us to an event, please send us a note.


Tune in!

This week, Peter Block and John McKnight of the Abundant Community spoke with two our our co-founders, Michael Peck and Kristen Barker, about how co-operatives are emerging as powerful forces of change and the role citizen-workers have in bringing new opportunities and family-sustaining jobs to local neighborhoods. Listen to their conversation.

Get your own t-shirt produced by a USW union co-op! $20 each.
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Register Today for the Worker Cooperative National Conference!


Every two years we come together for one weekend, to build a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. Our keynote this year is from the organization Define American, Jose Antonio Vargas, and we are thrilled to announce that registration is live!

Who should come?
The Worker Cooperative National Conference is for coop members, developers, technical assistance providers, lenders, social movement partners, and interested community members. It’s a great opportunity for your coop or organization to orient new folks to our community and learn from successful cooperatives.

What will happen?
We will have workshops and speakers, tours, parties and special intensive sessions. Our conferences are a little bit legendary.

You will build skills and share knowledge to strengthen your worker cooperative. You will develop strategy and collaborate to build our movement. You will make friends with worker-owners, make plans with coop developers, and make common cause with community allies. Learn, teach, grow, brainstorm, scheme, laugh, dance, and leave inspired!

We have early bird prices and a 15% discount available for group registrations of four or more individuals from the same company. Scholarships and a community rate are available on a limited basis.

Buy Now
Interested in having your name in lights as a sponsor? Contact Roodline Volcy at rvolcy for packages designed to meet your needs and budget.
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2016 Worker Cooperative National Conference

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Join us for our Worker Cooperative National Conference, July 29th – July 31st in
Austin, Texas!

400+ inspired participants building a new economy based on shared ownership and real democracy. Hundreds of democratic workplaces in all stages from concept, to conversion, to growth. The U.S.’s leading lenders, funders, educators and advocacy organizations supporting the cooperative economy. International guests bringing their wisdom and perspectives. And you.

We all need more opportunities to share ideas, tools and inspirations that will lead to creating a new economy. This biennial conference is just the place to re-energize our friendships, our collective work, and our mission to transform our communities. Most important, it brings us together to strengthen the relationships that will build the power and reach of the worker cooperative movement.

Registration opens in mid-February. In the meantime, take a look at our conference website for lots of information!

This year the conference will draw a wide range of attendees and speakers, providing you a diverse audience to interact with your table, materials and personnel. This is a real opportunity for you to have access to a true cross-section of the worker-ownership and cooperative community. Our sponsors will be showered with dazzling smiles and effusive thanks, in print, in person, online, and through our new conference app!

We have many sponsorship packages designed to meet your needs and budget. Contact Roodline Volcy at rvolcy [at] institute [dot] coop to discuss how you can be front and center as a key supporter of our growing community and get your name in front of hundreds of attendees.

Registration will open mid-February on our conference website.

We will open a call for workshop proposals in mid-February.

We will offer Spanish-English simultaneous interpretation.

We will provide childcare on-site for all conference events. Please request childcare in advance when you register. If you are interested in volunteering for our childcare rooms, please let us know.
We are busy planning tours of Austin, it’s hidden histories and cooperative economies. Tour info will be available on our conference website as it becomes available.


“This is a special moment. Many people are open to re-designing the economic system to be more fair and inclusive. Now is the time to learn lessons and create worker coop models that are broadly accessible to large numbers of workers, so that worker coops will represent a meaningful and politically significant part of the U.S. economy.”

Richard Wolff : Is Economic Collapse Inevitable?

There’s no question that Los Angeles is a city of cultural diversity and eclectic industry. But one doesn’t have to drive too far beyond the patchwork of mansions and high-rises to find encampments under freeways – revealing a city of gross inequality.

In L.A. today, a person needs to earn $34 an hour to afford an average apartment, yet the state’s minimum wage in most places is $10. Meanwhile, $26 million is stolen from the pockets of the lowest wage workers every week. Our system is in crisis. We need system change.

Hear economist Richard Wolff address the critical question:

"Is Economic Collapse Inevitable?"
Friday, February 5, 7:00 p.m.

Occidental College
Choi Auditorium
1600 Campus Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Wolff returns to L.A. to discuss the mounting global turmoil as capitalism relocates from old centers in Western Europe, North America and Japan to new ones in China, Brazil, India and elsewhere in what used to be called the "Third World."

How will these global trends play out locally in L.A., as homelessness jumps and safety nets shred, while prison and jail spending is prioritized over poverty-solving programs?

Join the conversation co-sponsored by ACLU SoCal, L.A. Progressive, Democracy at Work and Occidental College of Community Engagement, and learn how you can get involved in our economic justice advocacy work.

Purchase your tickets on Eventbrite (General admission is $12.50; ACLU members, $7.50; Oxy students, free).

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