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Join us on Dec 5th for Creating an Economy that Works for All Celebration!

Celebrate the Success & the Journey

It’s Time to Celebrate! And tickets are available online!

Join us as we celebrate the success and journey of CUCI and Union Cooperatives!

When: Friday, December 5, 2014
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Where:  Letter Carriers Hall (4100 Colerain Ave)

During 2014, Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) continued to partner with organizations and dedicated individuals to bring worker-owned businesses to Cincinnati.  On our journey to create family sustaining jobs and an economy that works for all, we have met so many who have supported our efforts and goal of worker-owned businesses.

This year we recognize some of those who have been integral in working with us to build the road —the foundation— of an economy that works for all. 2014 honorees will include:  Jerry Monahan, Retired Head of the Building Trades and inspiration for the founding of CUCI, Jamie Love of Interact for Health, Eric Avner of The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, and Ed Burdell of Applied Information Resources.

Special Showcase: CUCI is excited to introduce our partners, supporters, and friends to the newest endeavor — Apple Street Market!

Evening will Feature:
Tasty Tapas
Incredible, Local Produce from Our Harvest Cooperative
Famous Yucky Cookies
Meet & Greet with Union Cooperative Initiatives
Music
Split the Pot
Inspiration and tons of fun!

General Tickets: $30 or a Table of 8 for $225 Tickets can be purchased by credit card on this site or via a check made payable to CUCI to 4122 Langland St./ Cincinnati, OH 45223 to reserve your space.

Sponsorship Tickets: We also invite you to join in this work by sponsoring CUCI and being recognized in our Creating an Economy that Works for All booklet that will be distributed at the event (150-200 expected attendees) and throughout the next year. The booklet will highlight the transformative Mondragon model and CUCI’s work to create an economy that works for all. This is a great way to get involved with helping to make more family sustaining jobs and co-ops come to life.

Sponsorship Levels for Growing an Economy that Works for All:
Seed $100 (includes 1 ticket)
Sprouts $250 (includes 2 tickets)
Leaf Level $500 (includes 4 tickets)
Bloom Level $1000 (includes 8 tickets)

Interested? You can donate via this site or send your tax deductible contribution (made payable to CUCI) sent to 4122 Langland St./Cinti, OH 45223) by Dec 2nd. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Kristen, on behalf of the CUCI team

CUCI & Ways to Volunteer/Connect

Who is CUCI? A non-profit that partners with individuals and organizations to develop worker-owned businesses that create family-sustaining jobs and an economy that works for all. CUCI emerged from the historic partnership between Mondragon, the world’s most successful network of worker-owned cooperatives, and the United Steelworkers.

Are you looking for a way to contribute meaningfully to bring an economy that works for all into being? We are looking for you! We have a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from market research to pulling weeds to joining a human resources advisory group  to data entry to website work to fundraising to education opportunities to projects very specific to each of the 7 co-op initiatives. . . Interested? Please contact me!

Collective Courage

Want some inspiration? Check out Collective Courage by Jessica Gordon Nembhard. It chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality, a retelling of the African American experience, with an increased understanding of African American collective economic agency and grassroots economic organizing.Here’s a clip where she is interviewed on Grit TV by Laura Flanders. 

Sept – Our Harvest & Apple Street in the News

Check out Our Harvest in the news!
Our Harvest: Growing a new type of food business

And in the blogosphere –
Team Harvard: Bringing Fresh Produce to Local “Food Deserts”: Our Harvest and the Urban Farm

Apple Street Market in the news!  Co-op market hopes to set up shop in former Northside Save-a-Lot. See what the buzz is about.  Consider becoming a community owner today! You can support an innovative response to food deserts -a full service community and worker owned neighborhood grocery, a pilot project that we hope can be replicated widely.

August Updates -Articles, Apple Street, Our Harvest, and more

John Clay just wrote an excellent descriptive article about union co-ops. It highlights CUCI! Check it out here.

Apple Street Market can begin construction when we reach 1,500 community owners! Apple Street is a Multi-Stakeholder Full Service Grocery Cooperative, the first of its kind in Ohio, based on the Mondragon Eroski grocery stores in Spain. Apple Street Market is combining worker ownership with community ownership in a lower and moderate income neighborhood. All across America low and moderate-income neighborhoods are losing their grocery stores and searching for the solution. Apple Street Market is not just about Northside, it is a pilot project, an example that we wish to spread across Cincinnati and across the country. Consider becoming a community owner today!  You can also support subsidized community ownership shares for neighbors struggling financially through a tax-deductible contribution toCAIN (with Apple Street in the memo line).

A big shout out to MBAxAMERICA , a “movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to reinvent business school and revitalize America”! A team from Harvard spent a week with Our Harvest!  in July, leaving a lasting impact on both Our Harvest and CUCI. They have generously shared a myriad of tools to help scale our cooperative businesses. They have specifically left Our Harvest with effective tools to assess and explore a viable way to distribute healthy fresh foods to low income low food access areas in our region.

Help Bring Shift Change to PBS Stations Nationwide!

Coming Soon to PBS Stations Nationwide!

True Stories of dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. Shift Change tells the little-known stories of employee owned businesses that compete successfully in today’s economy while providing secure, dignified jobs in democratic workplaces. In July, Shift Change began airing on PBS Stations across the U.S. See schedule here.  To ensure that Shift Change is shown on your local station, contact your local PBS station. To contact CET in Cincinnati, you can call (513) 381-4033 or send an email.

National Worker & Union Co-op News

Leveling the Playing Field for Worker Cooperatives “A quiet revolution is rumbling through New York’s municipal offices as they retool to support the creation of worker cooperatives as a way to fight poverty. . .”

Official proclamations issued by the NYC Mayor, Public Advocate, and Manhattan Borough President can be viewedhere.

How Zingerman’s Is Creatively Turning Workers Into Owners Of Its $50 Million Business

Trade unions and worker cooperatives: Where are we at? from the International Journal of Labour Research and downloadable in English, French, and Spanish.

July 2014 Update -Apple Street, MBAxAmerica, Yucky Cookies and more

What’s new?

Apple Street Market – The community ownership campaign is well underway to bring this full service grocery store to life in Northside. You can become a community owner (wherever you live!) and/or support subsidized community ownership shares for neighbors that are struggling financially. Find out more here. This will be a worker and community owned store. Longterm Goal: To create a network of affordable, quality, walkable, neighborhood grocery stores in low fresh food access areas. Next neighborhood – College Hill.

MBAxAMERICA , a “movement of MBAs and entrepreneurs working together to reinvent business school and revitalize America”, is in Cincinnati this week! A team from Harvard will be visiting CUCI and spending the week with Our Harvest!  

Yucky Cookies will be launching at Remke Market’s in Hyde Park in mid September! If that goes well, they will move into other Remke Markets in October. They will also be available at Madisons in Findlay Market. Yum!

CUCI Out & About

In May and June, CUCI had the honor to present and participate in a number of exciting events including:
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Stop by Community Blend, Cincinnati’s new worker owned coffee shop!

Thanks to the determined efforts of Interfaith Business Builders, Cincinnati has a worker-owned coffee shop in Evanston!! The Grand Opening of Community Blend was Sunday, May 18th. Be sure to stop by 3546 Montgomery Road (right across from the I-71 on ramp) and enjoy the coffee from Equal Exchange, another worker owned cooperative! Find out more about Community Blend on their Facebook page.