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    Creating the Way

    CUCI’S capacity to support existing and launch new union cooperative businesses is dependent upon our

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    Our Harvest

    Our Harvest is a union worker-owned cooperative developed on the Mondragon model. We offer a Weekly Harvest Box Program for individuals and

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    Sustainergy Cooperative is a worker-owned energy savings company that helps homeowners reduce energy costs and

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    Apple Street Market

    The Apple Street Market will be a full service grocery store located in the former

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    Renting Partnerships

    Renting Partnerships is nonprofit (501.c.3) organization that works to create permanently affordable housing and support

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    The Sarah Center

    Vision: Sustain Sarah Center — a nonprofit, supporting women on the margins by providing jewelry

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Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative

Our Mission

Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) is a non-profit that partners with individuals and organizations to create worker-owned businesses that sustain families. CUCI emerged from the historic partnership between Mondragon, the world’s most successful network of worker-cooperatives, and the United Steelworkers in October of 2009.

Creating Jobs

Here in Cincinnati, like so many other parts of this country, the need to create jobs is paramount. Families and neighborhoods across our region are struggling with high rates of long-term unemployment. For these individuals solutions offered by public and private sectors are scarce and in adequate. These workers and the families and communities they support need and deserve not just a job  — but a career path that provides a family sustaining wage, benefits, essential training, and  effectively diminishes barriers to long-term employment .

Learn about the recent initiatives that CUCI has been working on in the community!

Gearing Up the Job Market

CUCIIf we were to create an economy that worked for everyone — an economy that creates good, sustainable jobs and is accountable to the communities that drive it — what would this economy look like?

CUCI believes the answer lies in the success of the Mondragon cooperatives in Spain. The Mondragon business model is the foundation for our effort to create competitive enterprises, foster social and economic justice, and empower worker dignity by creating jobs in businesses accountable to both their workers and the communities where they operate.