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Worker Cooperative Training Workshop on April 23 in Seattle

Through self-help, democracy, equity and solidarity, worker cooperative business models can provide for the retention and creation of good jobs.

13-worker-coop-workshop-apr23Find out more by attending a Worker Cooperative Training Workshop, featuring special guest speaker Roy Messing of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at the Machinists 751 Hall “A,” 9125 15th Pl. South in Seattle. (Download and distribute the workshop flier.) This event is co-hosted by the Washington State Labor Council and the Northwest Cooperative Development Center.

Attend this important workshop and you will learn:

— The use of cooperatives as a succession planning tool for existing businesses

— The potential partnership role of institutions like hospitals, manufacturers and universities

— The role and benefit of union involvement

The content is tailored for small business owners, policymakers, union representatives and members, and others interested in worker cooperatives. The workshop fee of $15 includes a box lunch. Click here to register today!

Messing has been responsible for the development of worker-owned cooperatives and involved in the Business Succession Planning Program. He came to the Ohio Employee Ownership Center with a background as a community-based lender, having provided financial services to the cooperative member/owners of Farm Credit Services of West Michigan. He served as CFO for Montville Plastics and Rubber Company, and spent 23 years in finance/commercial banking.

In addition to the co-hosting organizations, the April 23 workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, SLICE, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Pacific Coast Bank, BECU, Central Co-op, and Equal Exchange.

For more info, contact the NW Cooperative Development Center at 360-943-4241.

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