Welcome to the Cincinnati Union Coop Initiative!

The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI) emerged in the wake of a historic agreement signed in October, 2009 between Mondragon and the United Steelworkers, North America’s largest industrial union, to launch union-cooperatives in the United States. The agreement opened the door for the opportunity for CUCI’s to create jobs that are family supporting and improve the local economy in the Greater Cincinnati area by replicating and enhancing the long standing success of Mondragon’s Worker-Owned Cooperative Model by implementing the United Steelworker (USW) - Mondragon agreement.

30 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

CUCI Out & About

In May and June, CUCI had the honor to present and participate in a number of exciting events including:

30 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

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 […]

30 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

May Update – Worker & Community Owned Grocery Stores, Yucky Cookies, and More

What’s new? Worker Owned Grocery Co-ops- Feasibility studies are complete and favorable for the neighborhoods of Northside and College Hill! Due to the existence and availability of the former Save-A-Lot building, preparations are intensely underway to bring Apple Street Market to life in Northside. Apple Street will be a multi -stakeholder cooperative. This business model […]

13 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Introducing 1worker1vote.org

Announcing 1:1, a Mondragon USA affiliated non-profit, that is building a national network of unionized worker-owned cooperative businesses to overcome inequality of opportunity, mobility, and income. 1worker1vote.org is building a national network of unionized worker-owned cooperative businesses to overcome opportunity, mobility, and income inequality. Union co-ops are based on the Mondragon principles dedicated to growing […]

13 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Union Co-ops Taking Root in Cincinnati!

Spring is in the air! And union co-op businesses are taking root in Cincinnati . . . Our Harvest is Growing Places! In addition to farming in College Hill and Wooden Shoe Hollow, Our Harvest has begun leasing an additional 100 acres in Morrow! Excitingly, our drop-off locations for Weekly Harvest Boxes are multiplying as […]

01 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Save the date! Dec. 9 & Help Create an Economy that Works for All!

It’s Time to Celebrate! And tickets are available online! We hope you can join us for a party on December 9th with tasty tapas and Yucky Cookies! Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) is a non-profit that partners with individuals and organizations to bring worker-owned businesses to life that create family sustaining jobs and an economy […]

10 October 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Support the Cincinnati Union Co-op at the Cincy Charity Golf Ball Drop

This year we are participating in the 2014 Cincy Charity Golf Ball Drop. On April 14th, 200,000 Numbered Wiffle Golf Balls will be dropped onto the field at the University of Cincinnati. One lucky winner will receive $10,000 and the 200 closest balls to the target will have a chance to win $1,000.000. Nine other […]

09 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Loan Helps Our Harvest Union Co-op Grow Local, Sustainable Jobs in Cincinnati

Date: September 9, 2013 Contact: Ellen Vera; 513-807-3898; ellen@ourharvest.coop Farm Credit of Mid America & Co Bank Loan Helps Our Harvest Union Co-op Grow Local, Sustainable Jobs in Cincinnati Funding allows group to expand operations, provide more local, organic food options for community Dedicated to rebuilding the local food system, training farmers, and creating family […]

24 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

CUCI Summer Update: Video, Inspiration & more

What an exciting time! Our Harvest co-op is growing! Check out this inspiring video and new crowdfunding campaign! See how Our Harvest strengthens our local food system by training new farmers, producing sustainably grown produce, and establishing a food hub to connect local farmers to larger institutions. You can be a part of this and […]

08 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

CUCI Spring Update, YES! Magazine, PACE Action

Spring is here (snowflakes be gone!) and union co-ops are blossoming in Cincinnati . . . We’re making national news! Read about our “new business model that invests in workers and invests in communities.. . a blueprint to keep jobs local, tie new businesses to existing city institutions, and give workers a voice . . […]