The Worker Co-op Conference is the only national event where worker-owners from across the United States gather to learn and build power together.

For the last 20 years, this conference has brought together a thriving community of new, experienced, and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The conference cultivates a network of interconnected and interdependent worker owners, business developers, policymakers, funders, and labor organizers, all driven toward a common goal of improving the lives of workers and their families.

In 2024, we will convene in Chicago, IL on Sept 12-14 to celebrate the growing momentum of worker ownership in the United States, and renewed push for union organizing, moving the country toward better conditions, better pay, and more voice in the workplace. WCC24 will foster relationships and strategies within the worker co-op community and knit us closer to other labor movements.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Meet the Chicago Host Committee

Sponsorship for the conference is now open! Learn more here


The Worker Co-op Conference is produced by Democracy at Work Institute and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

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U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)

The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC) is the national grassroots membership organization for worker cooperatives.

As a membership and advocacy organization, we connect worker cooperative members to benefits, to each other and to the larger cooperative and economic justice movements. We amplify our members’ voices to advocate for worker cooperatives at the local, state and national level. We provide consulting and technical assistance to cooperatives old and new. And through the education, training and organizing work of our partner organization, the Democracy at Work Institute, we are committed to ensuring cooperative business ownership reaches those who need it the most.


Democracy At Work Institute (DAWI)

The Democracy at Work Institute expands the promise of cooperative business ownership to reach those communities most directly affected by social and economic inequality. It was created by the USFWC to ensure that worker cooperative development in economically and socially marginalized communities is adequately supported, effective, and strategically directed. It is the only national organization dedicated to building the field of worker cooperative development, through strategic research, creation of tools and standards, leadership development, direct technical assistance and advocacy for worker cooperatives as a community economic development strategy. The Institute brings both a birds-eye view of the national stage and an experiential on-the-ground understanding of cooperative business, making sure that our growing worker cooperative movement is both rooted in worker cooperatives themselves and reaches new communities of worker-owners.