The Western Worker Cooperative Convenings are biennial, regional events that foster skill-building and organizing among worker co-ops in the Western United States.

HISTORY

The WWCC was founded in 1997 as the Western Worker Cooperative Conference, a biennial event in the Western United States fostering education and information sharing among worker cooperatives and promoting sustainable development of the cooperative movement. For most of its history, the WWCC was organized by a board of volunteers who were also cooperative workers. In 2018, the stewardship of the conference was transferred from the WWCC Board to the United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives, and the program has been reimagined as the Western Worker Cooperative Convenings.

ABOUT THE CONVENINGS

The WWCCs are the regional platform to grow skills for worker-owners, develop relationships between democratically-owned businesses, and to build the movement for workplace democracy. The WWCCs have evolved from one West Coast event to regional convenings — in 2019, this will include one convening in Olympia, Washington and one convening in the Bay Area, California.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Members of worker cooperatives and other democratic employee-owned businesses who are interested in building skills to bring back to their workplaces and grow relationships with other workers in their region and their industry.