A worker cooperative is an alternative for-profit structure based upon standard democratic principles.
A worker cooperative is a values-driven business that puts worker and community benefit at the core of its purpose. The two central characteristics of worker cooperatives are:
- workers own the business and they participate in its financial success on the basis of their labor contribution to the cooperative
- workers have representation on and vote for the board of directors, adhering to the principle of one worker, one vote
Any business can be a worker-owned and -controlled business. In the U.S., worker cooperatives tend to be concentrated in the service and retail sectors. Common industries include:
- accommodation and food service
- health care
- manufacturing and engineering
- technology, and
In addition to their economic and governance participation, worker-owners often manage the day-to-day operations through various management structures. (source)
We have supported many organizations in their incubation, including these Worker-Owned Cooperative Businesses:
Peachy Green Clean Co-Op
Peachy Green Clean is a worker-owned, profit-making cleaning service business specializing in green cleaning.
Above & Beyond Home Care Co-Op
Above & Beyond Home Care Co-Op is a home-based personal support company that provides services to clients in their homes to encourage and maintain independent living.
Unity Cooperative Labor Partners
Unity Cooperative aids workers to gain fair-wage contractual jobs around Athens-Clarke County, Georgia.