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Coalition for Worker Ownership and Power

Worker Ownership for Strong Massachusetts Communities

Policies to Expand Worker Ownership for an Equitable Economic Recovery

Our innovative and cost-effective policy platform strengthens local economies, addresses racial injustice, builds wealth in marginalized communities, and allows workers to prioritize job stability, job creation and innovation–all while reducing the strain on state and local government finances.

Massachusetts workers, families and communities have been hit hard by the pandemic and resulting economic crisis. Our economic recovery plan ensures that Massachusetts builds back not only better, but sustainably, equitably, and more resilient. 

The Policy Platform

Training for Worker-Owners

Expand and proactively enable existing workforce development training programs to support worker ownership.

Grants & Loan Guarantees

Provide catalytic capital to resource start-ups, existing worker cooperatives, and worker ownership conversions.

Advisory Board for Mass CEO

Formalize the role of the Massachusetts Center for Employee Ownership (MassCEO), firmly establish employee ownership as a community economic development priority, and create a statewide Advisory Board On Employee Ownership.

Technical Assistance

Increase funding for nonprofit providers offering technical assistance and business development support to worker-owned enterprises.

Employees on Corporate Boards (Co-determination)

Require large companies with over $100 million in annual revenue to ensure that a minimum of 40% of its board of directors be elected by the employees of the corporation, with the same duties and responsibilities as directors elected by the stockholders.

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Coalition for Worker Ownership and Power (COWOP)

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