TOURS

Tour local cooperatives and new economy organizations in the LA Area; there will be two tours hosted, with 25 participants each. Registration for tours will be available soon! Tours will be an additional cost.

 

The South East LA Movement Building Tour | 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

The South East LA Movement Building tour will take you behind the scenes of worker co-ops on the rise in Los Angeles. You’ll learn more about:

  • The COOP LA, a hub of four growing worker co-op businesses that are pooling resources to create an accessible space for the community, including:
    • Collective Avenue Coffee, a worker-Owned Coffee shop in Lynwood focused on providing teens and young adults a space to enjoy quality coffee and express themselves through music, art, and civic engagement;
    • De La Luna Catering, a vegan catering company serving Oaxacan food;
    • Salazar Landscaping - A landscaping social enterprise; and
    • Semillas Wellness, a holistic well-being health and wellness education business.
  • Eastside Cafe - A group of Zapatista inspired, El Sereno residents that co-facilitate a multi-disciplinary, autonomous space, dedicated to rebuilding, reconstructing and reclaiming their communities by creating sustainable projects and collectives to empower one another.
  • and a presentation from the Solidarity Research Center, a worker self-directed nonprofit that develops solidarity economies using data science, story-based strategy, and action research.

Note: RCO Tires was removed from the tour due to unforseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience!

The East LA Movement Building Tour | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The East LA Solidarity Tour will build our collective spirit of solidarity as we visit centers of community development that are partners in the future of worker co-ops in in Los Angeles, including:

  • A presentation from the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) which advocates for economic and social justice in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles by building grassroots leadership, developing affordable housing and neighborhood assets, and providing access to economic development opportunities for low and moderate income families, including the (opening soon!) COOPERA food worker cooperative
  • The satellite location of Modern Times Brewery, an employee-owned business made up of brewers, coffee roasters, and culinary wizards.
  • the Pilipino Workers Center, which provides programs that help meet the immediate needs of workers and their families, and builds their leadership to take collective action for long last change.
  • Ride On! Bike Shop/Co-Op, a  full service, member-run bicycle shop that provides tools, space  and a community environment (by appointment) to facilitate bike repair education
  • A presentation from the LA Co-op Lab, a collective that builds capacity for worker ownership in Los Angeles.

SESSIONS

Deep dive into intensive subjects like setting up personnel systems at your cooperative, cooperative finance/bookkeeping, and more, in a half-day workshop. Registration for these sessions will be available soon! These strategy sessions will be an additional cost.

 

Intensive Training for Cleaning Cooperatives | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

This bilingual (English/Spanish) pre-conference day-long intensive training will provide many practical tools for worker-owners (including those in customer service and administrative roles) and nonprofit developers who are planning, launching, or growing worker-owned cooperatives in the house cleaning industry.  Experienced member-owners and developers from TeamWorks will teach how to build sustainable cooperatives that:

  • Generate living wages
  • Provide members with quality health insurance
  • Build assets in individual and collective capital accounts
  • Create skill development pathways for members

Substantial discounts are available for additional participants from the same cooperative project and for those from organizations/cooperatives with annual budgets of less than $1 million. To apply for a discount code, go to the TeamWorks Development Institute website.

 

Peer Network Gathering: Democratically Managed Grocery Food Cooperatives | 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

This session will be a springboard for continued brainstorming, collaboration and support for worker coop and democratically managed consumer food cooperatives. Bring your HR dilemmas, training needs, and ideas about sourcing and co-marketing; we have a strong network and rich histories to draw on as we build a more just food system.

 

Peer Network Gathering: Tech Co-ops | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The Tech Co-op Network is the network of North American tech worker coooperatives that provide media, communications, and computer technology goods and services. We catalyze collaboration and mutual support among our members while educating, encouraging, and supporting would-be cooperators and the general public. This Network gathering will focus on supporting the network and brainstorming ways to facilitate more diverse spaces within the tech coop industry.

 

Peer Network Gathering: Union Co-ops | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This session will address the following questions: What are worker cooperatives? Why should unions and the cooperative movement work together? Are worker cooperatives a useful tool for unions to organize working people, including immigrants?  What are first steps forward for unionists supporting worker cooperatives? Participants will choose two small group sessions among the following topics: 1) Voices from Current Union Worker Cooperatives; 2) Converting Businesses to Unionized Worker Co-ops; 3) Funding and Technical Assistance for Unions Interested in Worker Co-ops; and 4) Union Worker Co-op Curriculum.

 

From Our Roots to Our Future: Weaving the Vision for Immigrants in Cooperatives | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

In this bilingual (English/Spanish) one-day interactive meeting, we will reflect on the roots and social fabric of the cooperative movement in immigrant communities from movement building, collective leadership and economic exchange in our cultures as tools for self-management and survival. In the afternoon we will address challenges and opportunities within the cooperative movement. We will explore tools for conflict transformation, exchange best practices for healing and for preventing conflict within our cooperatives and community organizations. This session welcomes workers-owners and organizers within the immigrant community. The format and the tools are part of Popular Education where all are teachers and alumni.

MAIN STREET EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP ACT FORUM

The Main Street Employee Ownership Act, signed into law this August, is a huge step forward for worker cooperatives, and we are proud to have played a role in making it happen. This forum from 5:30-6:30 will give conference attendees and local media an opportunity to hear about this historic legislation, ask questions, and learn about what’s next in bringing this act from law into action.