Union Co-op Symposium

  • November 12, 2021
  • November 13, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • November 12, 2021, 1:00 PM 5:30 PM (EST)
  • November 13, 2021, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Virtual

Organization: Co-op Cincy

The Union Co-op Symposium is a 2-day conference that brings together people interested in practical tools on how to start and run union worker cooperatives.

Across the world, communities are increasingly rejecting unsustainable patterns of economic development for innovative alternatives, including the union co-op model. This model joins the best tenets of the labor movement with opportunities for sustainable wealth-building and self-determination. As a result, it fosters wealth in communities historically excluded from the ownership economy. 

The Union Co-op Symposium is the only gathering of its kind. We bring together social entrepreneurs, labor organizers, co-op workers, community development practitioners, and others with a vested interest in equitable economic development. Our 2-day gathering provides community-building opportunities and workable strategies for forming, running, and nurturing union worker cooperatives.

Conference will include virtual and in-person segments


Friday Nov. 12 from 1-530 pm EST (virtual)

Saturday Nov. 13 from 9-5 pm EST (in-person)

See the full schedule here or click on the Schedule tab above. 

Attendance options and ticket pricing

  • Option 1: Virtual only (Friday Nov. 12): $50
  • Option 2: In-person only (Saturday Nov. 13): $100
  • Option 3: Virtual and in-person (Friday Nov. 12 and Saturday Nov. 13): $125
  • Option 4: Keynote only (virtual, Friday Nov. 12): $30

Covid-19 precautions

Holding a safe conference is a top priority. Participants will be asked to wear masks at our in-person events. We will have smaller workshops and ensure social distancing. In addition, hand sanitizer will be made available. 

In the event that you feel unwell, we ask that you not attend the in-person segment of the conference. We will happily refund your ticket price.

Need-based financial assistance

Co-op Cincy is happy to offer need-based financial assistance to attend the 2021 Union Co-op Symposium. If you would like to apply, please write to us at clancy@coopcincy.org and tell us how much financial assistance you need and why attending the conference is meaningful to you.

Hotel information

We have reserved a block of rooms at:

Comfort Suites Cincinnati University - Downtown
2347 Reading Road, Building A, Cincinnati, OH, 45202, US
+1 (513) 579-4130

Reserve your room now

Group Reservation Dates:

Check-in: 11 Thursday, Nov 11, 2021 3:00 PM   
Check-out: 14 Sunday, Nov 14, 2021 11:00 AM

Group Name: Co-op Cincy
Group Number: BK04Z9

All rooms must be booked before Tuesday, Nov 9, 2021. After this date, the group room block is released to the general public.


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