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March 20, 2020
Protect Small Businesses and Their Workforce As an economic justice organization using the tool of shared business ownership, Democracy at Work Institute advocates for expanded coronavirus relief packages that prioritize the protection of working people and vulnerable communities. COVID-19 relief bailouts of Wall Street and airlines will not rebuild a healthy society. The 156 million working people of the United States will do that, and relief should be focused on strengthening the social... more
February 5, 2020
Our team is excited to congratulate DAWI Senior Managing Director Vanessa Bransburg on being named a 2020 NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellow.  Created by the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), the fellowship aims to address the growing leadership gap in non-profit community development and equip the next generation of Latino leaders with the skills needed to succeed. The Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship is a nine-month... more
February 1, 2020
In 2019, we released preliminary findings from the first national survey of individuals in democratic workplaces across the U.S. Sponsored by DAWI and conducted in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Center on Wisconsin Strategy (COWS), Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and the U.S Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), All About the Workers presents high-quality baseline data about the workplace attitudes, experiences, and demographics of... more
August 12, 2019
    Every year Democracy At Work Institute and the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives conduct the Annual Economic Census to study the economic and social benefits of worker cooperatives. We want to invite your workplace to participate. This is an opportunity to contribute to major, ongoing research that will not only help shape the future for worker cooperatives in the US, but it also helps us show off just the strong, meaningful, and rapid growth of our sector. Every year we publish a State... more
May 21, 2019
  Having launched a social enterprise program centered on cooperatives and shared ownership, Pine Ridge Reservation’s Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation and Thikaga Construction Company were eager to better understand shared-ownership values and best practices. As they came to find, learning from a more established cooperative in the same industry is one of the best ways to support a vision for growth, community impact, and shared ownership. To facilitate their learning, Democracy... more
December 6, 2018
Our School of Democratic Management is evolving and growing! DAWI is thrilled to partner with Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations to offer this Certificate Program in Participatory Management. This partnership helps us increase our reach and better share the knowledge to make all values-driven businesses stronger. The New Jersey/New York Center for Employee Ownership at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) and the Democracy at Work Institute today announced... more
November 14, 2018
Celebrate Giving Tuesday by supporting worker entrepreneurship!  At DAWI, we are expanding the worker cooperative model to reach workers who have been locked out of good jobs and business ownership opportunities. We work at multiple levels to foster a just, participatory economy.   In 2018, we: Trained hundreds of worker-owners at our School for Democratic Management and conference events. Helped develop new shared ownership models for hundreds and eventually thousands of farmworkers in... more
August 14, 2018
The US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and Democracy at Work Institute are thrilled to announce that the Main Street Employee Ownership Act was signed into law on August 13, 2018.    Please join us in celebrating the first legislation in support of employee ownership in over two decades, and the first to explicitly name worker cooperatives as a priority for the SBA. This is a huge step forward for worker cooperatives, and we are proud to have played a role in making it.  Along with many... more
June 29, 2018
The Democracy and Work Institute and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives are pleased to release this State of the Sector report, covering research on worker-owned enterprises through 2016. Four years into surveying worker cooperatives on a national scale, we are able to track over time how worker cooperatives are a stable, growing solution for communities of color, offering equitable wages and a pay ratios that prioritize the reduction of internal inequality. Download the report here... more
March 22, 2018
“While it’s wonderful to think that family members will take over the business – this doesn’t always happen,” said Small Business House Committee Ranking Member Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez. "It is anticipated that many of these businesses will be bought by a rival, while others will be forced to close altogether, leaving empty Main Streets and hard-hit local economies. I am pleased that the bill we passed will help empower employees to become owners in their companies.”  At DAWI, we know that... more