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International Worker Co-op Forum

You are invited to participate in the International Worker Co-op Forum to be held in Quebec City, Friday, October 14th with co-op tours in the afternoon of Oct. 13th. In the program: Co-operative tours (October 13th, from 3 – 6 pm), a portrait of the movement of worker cooperatives worldwide, a panel on various styles of management in worker co-ops, and more. For more information, see the attached preliminary program.  This event is organized by le Réseau de la coopération du travail du Québec (Quebec WC Network) in collaboration with CWCF.   Enjoy a 20% discount by registering by October 3rd. Click this link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/xvpIpYR8KfgR8J8l1  english_program04-10

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Annual General Meeting, October 31, 2015 Resolution

Topic: Dues for Associate Members Submitted by the CWCF Board of Directors WHEREAS CWCF has two types of Associate Members: 1) those which join as CWCF supporters and pay $500 / year in dues, and 2) those which join to get access to the CWCF RRSP Program and pay $100/ year in dues, and WHEREAS some of the co-operatives in CWCF’s RRSP program have requested the ability to also offer Tax-Free Savings Accounts (“TFSA’s”), WHEREAS CWCF has obtained approval from Concentra Financial and the Canada Revenue Agency to add an additional member service, a TFSA Program, open to both worker co-op members and associate members, WHEREAS the associate member dues to enable access to the RRSP program should enable use of the RRSP program and/or TFSA progam, WHEREAS the resolution approving the special $100 dues level for some associate members referred only to those using RRSP’s, and WHEREAS this is…

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Cooperatives active in the construction sector showing the path to the formal economy in Canada

This article was written by CWCF upon request from the international worker co-operative organization, CICOPA, for a series on co-ops and the informal economy. The Fourth Pig and Les Constructions Ensemble are featured here. Click here to read this in English, French, or Spanish. CICOPA’s Bruno Roelants will be presenting to the International Labour Organization Conference in Geneva in early June on this topic, to encourage the ILO to place a strong reference to worker co-operatives as a way to bring workers into the formal economy. CWCF has advocated on this topic with the Canadian Labour Congress and other delegates to the ILO Conference from Canada.

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CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE AMERICAS CICOPA TO THE 3rd COOPERATIVE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS

The continental section of the International Organization of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Cooperatives (CICOPA-Americas) has seen in a very promising way the thematic agenda proposed by ICA-Americas for the III Cooperative Summit of the Americas to be held in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, early next November. There is no doubt the call “for integration that generates social change” placed, in the right perspective, the role to which cooperatives have been convened at this historical conjuncture of humanity. From CICOPA Americas we have been making efforts to strengthen the capacity for dialogue of the cooperative movement on a global scale, knowing that in a globalized world the problems of some are the problems of all, and that the future of humanity and the planet should be the greatest concern of the movement. Contributions of the Americas CICOPA to the 3rd Cooperative Summit of the Americas

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