First census of worker co-ops in U.S. planned for early 2017

Beginning in January 2017, the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the Democracy at Work Institute—in partnership with researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison—will conduct the first national study of worker co-ops from the perspective of individual worker-owners.


The study will roll out in two phases. Beginning in January 2017, the research team will invite individuals at worker cooperatives across the country to participate in a brief, confidential survey about their workplace experiences and attitudes. Responses will be aggregated across all participants and no individual or workplace will be identifiable in the results.

Then, in March, the research team will invite a small group of employees and worker-owners to participate in qualitative face-to-face interviews designed to draw out key themes in the quantitative data. Again, all individuals and workplaces will remain anonymous.

If your workplace would like to participate in the Worker Co-op Census or you are interested in using the final dataset in your own research, please contact Study Director Laura Hanson Schlachter at or (608) 262-9588.

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