The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Workshop Will Look at How Unions and Co-ops Can Work Together

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A workshop on opportunities for collaboration between worker cooperatives and labor unions will be held at UMass Amherst on April 25, with guest presenter Rebecca Lurie of the CUNY School of Labor and Union Studies.

The workshop, “Unions and Worker Co-ops: Building Economic Democracy,” is organized by the Wellspring Cooperative, which works to create worker-owned companies in Springfield.

Lurie, coordinator of the Community & Worker Ownership Project at CUNY, will lead a participatory workshop that looks at the ways unions and worker co-ops can work together to build economic democracy, labor solidarity, social justice, and a sustainable world.

The workshop takes place on Thursday, April 25, from 12 to 2:30 p.m. in the Hadley Room on the Campus Center’s 10th floor. Lunch will be provided. The event is free and open to the public, but participants must register in advance. 

UMass Amherst is a Wellspring anchor institution, committed to buying from Wellspring businesses when possible, and a number of faculty and students are engaged with the organization’s work in Springfield. School of Public Policy faculty member Fred Rose is co-director of the Wellspring Cooperative, and Professor Lee Badgett of the School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics is a longtime member of its board.

“Unions and Worker Co-ops: Building Economic Democracy” is cosponsored by the School of Public Policy, the Center for Popular Economics, the Department of Economics, the Cooperative Enterprise Certificate Program, the Political Economy Research Institute, the Center for Student Business, PSU/MTA, Labor-Management Workplace Education, and the Labor Center.

About the School of Public Policy: Established in 2016, the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy is a hub for research and teaching, preparing students for leadership in public service. The program’s focuses include social change and public policy related to science and technology.

— Maureen Turner, communications manager, School of Public Policy 

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