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Selling Your Business to Your Employees – special Conference Session

Should you sell your business to your employees?  Nov. 5th, 2014 Workshop on succession planning through conversion to a worker co-operative WOLFVILLE, NS. – The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) has announced plans to host its 23rd annual fall conference in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley from November 5-8, together with co-host CoopZone, at the Old Orchard Inn. If you own a small business, you are invited to join worker co-operative experts and other small business owners at a special evening workshop on converting small businesses to worker co-operatives, which is being held in conjunction with this Conference. For small business owners, worker co-operatives can be a powerful tool for succession planning  and can help create a strong business through shared entrepreneurship.  This two-hour session, on Nov. 5th at 7 – 9 pm, will introduce small business owners to the benefits and challenges of co-operative conversions, and help owners decide if…

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CWCF Conference Press Release 2014

Annapolis Valley set to host national worker co-op conference, fall 2014 WOLFVILLE, NS. – The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) has announced plans to host its 23rd annual fall conference in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley from November 5-8, together with co-host CoopZone. The three-day (+) conference, which brings together many of the Federation’s 60 member organizations and 100 indirect members from across the country, aims to strengthen Canada’s growing worker cooperative sector. It features a number of workshops, collaborative planning sessions, and guest speakers. This year’s keynote speaker is José Orbaiceta, President of the Worker Co-op Federation of Argentina. A worker co-op, for the uninitiated, is a form of business where a company’s employees own and democratically manage the business. Typically, they share in both the business’ decision-making and its profit. Currently, there are an estimated 350 worker co-ops across Canada, employing 10,000 people. The Annapolis Valley is home to…

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Report – The Rationale for Worker Co-operatives – Creating Democratic and Co-operative Workplaces Based on Equality

February 3, 2011 The Rationale for Worker Co-operatives report, poster and brochure are attached below. To help raise awareness of democratic and co-operative workplaces based on equality, please print and distribute widely! Rationale 2012 Version_fnl The Rationale for Worker Co-operatives – Brochure The Rationale for Worker Co-operatives – Poster

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Strategies for Developing Immigrant Worker Co-ops

Immigrant Worker Co-op Strategies paper drafted by Hazel Corcoran of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation. Excerpt: I. Background Through the current Co-operative Development Initiative (CDI) Innovation and Research (I & R) Project, the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF), in consultation with its Diversity Committee, is prioritizing worker co-op development in immigrant communities, including approaches and resources to improve their success rates. The reason for this priority is because the need among immigrant communities for economic and socio-economic improvement is great, and the potential of worker ownership to meet these needs as well as to help empower the worker-owners is also significant. In terms of need, income disparity between native-born Canadians and immigrants to Canada is large, and on the increase. The 2006 Census data released on May 2, 2008 revealed that earnings for recent immigrants (about 80% of whom are racialized) show a grim economic reality. According to a Globe…

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Guidelines for Determining Whether or Not There Is an Employer-Employee Relationship in a worker Co-op

This Brief attempts to highlight the criteria used to determine whether or not a worker co-op has an employer-employee relationship or is classed as a group of independent contractors. Excerpt: Purpose of This Document 1. The purpose of this Brief is to outline the nature of worker co-operatives and the method for determining whether or not a given worker co-operative embodies an employer/employee relationship between the co-operative and its members. Definition of a Worker Co-operative 2. A worker co-operative does not have a legal definition in most jurisdictions. In terms of a functional definition, a worker co-operative is a business functioning as a co-operative which is owned and controlled by its worker-members. In other words, a worker co-operative is a worker-owned business which is governed on the basis of the internationally recognized, democratic principles of co-operatives. 3. The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) classifies as a “worker co-operative” any business…

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