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MCDC celebrates its first worker co-op!

Members from Common Good Bookkeeping with technical assistance team.

The Madison Cooperative Development Coalition (MCDC) recently celebrated the incorporation of its first co-op, Common Good Bookkeeping! The new worker co-op was recognized at a February event at the Madison Labor Temple. MCDC is a collaborative of co-op developers, unions, and community organizations – including UWCC – implementing the City of Madison’s initiative to strengthen the local worker co-op ecosystem. At the event, MCDC also welcomed Dennis Olson of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative (CUCI) and UFCW International, as well as the local UFCW (1473) that Common Good Bookkeeping Cooperative unionized with. Many people from the Madison co-op and labor communities also joined.

This is just the first of many MCDC events – keep an eye on the UWCC website for events to come. Future events will provide education on worker co-ops, the City of Madison’s Co-op Initiative, and will bring our community together to address Madison’s racial and income inequalities through living wage jobs and democratic workplaces.

If you are a service provider, worker-cooperator, or a community organization, we want to work with you! This initiative provides and funds technical assistance to worker co-ops and can connect them to start-up financing. Learn more on UWCC’s website, or write to info@mcdcmadison.org.

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Scholarships

MCDC Scholarship awardees Mariela Quesada Centeno and Karime Perez from Centro Hispano and Elijah McCloskey from Freewheel Bikes at the Cooperation Works! Training in Fall 2017

MCDC offers scholarships for cooperative development education and training. These scholarships can be used toward education offered by our partner organizations such as the UW Center for Cooperatives and MadWorC, as well as education by outside groups, such as Cooperation Works and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives. For more information or to apply for scholarships, contact MCDC Coordinator, Charity Schmidt at charity.schmidt@wisc.edu or 608-262-5905.