WORC’N is the Worker-Owned and Run Cooperative Network of Greater Boston. We are a network of worker-owned cooperatives, co-op developers, and those seeking support to start worker cooperatives that meets on the second Thursday of every month.
We were established in 2000 to facilitate connections between existing co-ops, to get the word out to the public about the worker-owned model, and to encourage the formation of new worker-owned co-ops. Members of existing cooperatives, people working to start new cooperatives, and other interested people are welcome and encouraged to get in touch with us and attend meetings. WORC’N members have a wealth of experience and are more than willing to answer your questions about how to start and operate a successful cooperative. We are part of a wider movement for social justice and economic democracy and invite you participate.
WORC’N formed a volunteer steering committee at our February 7, 2013 to help coordinate expanded activities such as Co-op 101 workshops and our Peer Resource Group. Current members are:
- James Bachez, Boston Collective Delivery
- Stacey Cordiero, Boston Center for Cooperative Ownership
- Timothy Hall, CERO Recycling Cooperative
- Micha Josephy, Cooperative Fund of New England
- Ben Mauer, Quilted
Sue Bob says “We began in 2000 (10/11/00), when Bob Stone and GEO came to town, rallying us together for our first meeting, at Ownership Associates. Bob wrote up an article (with picture) in GEO newsletter #44… worker-intercooperation was on the rise, gearing up towards the first eastern regional conference (Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy) at the University of Maryland in 2002, Amherst in 2003, and biennially from there.”