Legal, financial, and strategic support for worker-activists organizing to improve their companies.
Coworker Solidarity Fund is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that helps groups of workers raise and distribute money, form effective workplace committees, and experiment with mutual aid and organized advocacy to make changes inside their companies and industries.
History of The Fund
Tens of thousands of Google employees staged walkouts, and workers from schools to hotels went on historic strikes. Informal groups of workers were using social media and getting help from labor activism professionals to take on the biggest companies and institutions with very specific demands. For five years the nonprofit Coworker.org had been supporting people to join in this new labor movement, to use activism (like petitions) to build peer networks, and to take on leadership in their companies and industries. Now there were grassroots workers groups ready to go to the next level. Coworker.org began researching financial models, organizational structures, and leadership development support to help workers go further: from raising their voices to using their power.
A group of leaders in the tech industry saw their companies punish or fire outspoken workers, try to divide employees and contractors, and hire specialists to disrupt workers’ organizing. They went to Coworker.org for help in creating a financial fund to support each other. In partnership with Amalgamated Bank, a social responsibility, pro-worker, social justice B-Corp financial institution, a research team identified that a 501(c)(4) organization would be the most effective way to provide groups of workers interested in self-advocacy with a home to set up mutual aid funds, experiment with organizing and advocacy governance, and protect people from retaliation. Because no equivalent exists for non-unionized employees, contract workers, and nascent white- and blue-collar crossover organizing, a new entity would be needed.
A board of directors formed and incorporated the Coworker Solidarity Fund as a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(4) organization with the mission to increase power and participation in worker-led organizing in the context of massive job loss, a fractured economy and politics, and rising social movements.
The Solidarity Fund Today
News from and about CSF, our partners, and peer-to-peer worker organizing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you donate to help whistleblowers and activists who are standing up to corporations? Are you a worker-activist seeking help? Are you part of a group of coworkers that wants to set up a mutual aid fund to help other people at your job? Are you just curious about this whole project? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Donate to the Fund
We’re able to commit 100% of the funds contributed online to providing financial support to workers in need. Join others in donating $25, $100, or $500 to the pilot fund today.
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