On December 1 - 2, 2017, people from across the U.S. and from Mondragon, Spain will gather in Cincinnati, Ohio, to further develop the union co-op sector of the U.S. economy. The event brings together over 200 workers, union and community organizers, and business and religious leaders to learn from one another and from the economically thriving Mondragon system—the world's largest group of worker-owned cooperatives.
During the last 61 years, the Mondragon cooperative network has transformed a devastated, war-torn region of Spain rife with poverty and unemployment into thriving, vibrant communities that have weathered a financial crisis. Mondragon’s network, which includes more than 100 cooperatives and 74,000 worker-owners, generated more than $12 billion in sales in 2016.
The union co-op movement in the U.S. is growing, including four businesses that are part of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI), organizer of the symposium. The symposium will focus on progress being made to establish integrated networks of worker-owned, unionized businesses. Participants will discuss best practices, union co-op management, financing, training, the power of the union co-op model, and ways to build an economy that works for all.
The Symposium will feature:
• a delegation from Mondragon, one of the world’s most successful networks of cooperatives and CUCI’s inspiration and model;
• the first national 1Worker1Vote General Assembly, laying the foundation for the national co-op of co-ops, a huge milestone in our development; and
• other renowned speakers.
The program is designed to inspire attendees, build capacity for cooperatives and demonstrate the importance of building a network of cooperatives.
Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) is a non-profit that partners with individuals and organizations to create worker-owned businesses that sustain families. CUCI emerged from the historic partnership between Mondragon, the world’s most successful network of worker-cooperatives, and the United Steelworkers in October of 2009.
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