Our funding comes with solidarity for you to succeed. We currently have two mutual aid funds, see which one matches you best. Workers who meet the eligibility criteria receive a cash stipend along with strategy and leadership coaching, organizing training and resources to succeed in their workplace activism.
Our Starbucks Workers Fund supports current and former Starbucks activists and organizers.Learn More
Our Tech Workers Fund supports worker activists organizing across the tech labor supply chain.Learn More
Our infrastructure is available for groups of workers to raise and distribute money to support workplace organizing. Reach out to learn how we can partner with you and your coworkers to start a new fund, or if you have questions about the funds we have available.
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Each fund – currently there are two, the Tech Worker Fund and the Starbucks Workers Fund – has a policy for when to accept applications for a new round of stipends, taking into consideration factors such as the ability of the worker committee and the Fund’s staff to conduct application reviews in a timely manner.
The Tech Worker Fund will reopen applications whenever donations cover at least five $2,500 stipends for workers engaged in activism and organizing in the tech sector. To contribute to that fund, donate here.
The Starbucks Worker Fund plans to reopen applications whenever donations cover at least ten $2,500 stipends for workers engaged in organizing at Starbucks. To contribute to that fund, donate here.
Our two current funds – the Tech Worker Fund and the Starbucks Workers Fund – have different eligibility requirements.
To be eligible for funding for the Tech Worker Fund, an individual* must meet all the following requirements:
The Tech Worker Committee recognizes that the ‘tech sector’ isn’t easily defined. To determine whether a company operates in the tech sector, the committee will be looking at how the media generally refers to the company and its influence in the culture, whether a company presents itself as a technology company in its IPO filing or other public records, and how much influence its leaders have in the tech industry.
*At this time, funding is only available for individuals and not organizations.
The application should take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete and can be completed via computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also save your application and come back to it later if you do not wish to complete it in one sitting. You will be asked four questions, each with a 50 word limit. Some of the the questions are:
You may upload any files that verify your activism such as screenshots, documents, videos, social media posts, etc.
The application ends with an optional demographics section. This section does not have any bearing on your application, and it will not be shared. Data from this section will only be used internally and in aggregate to improve the work of the Fund going forward.
At this time, funding is only available for individuals and not organizations. However, recipients in the past have redistributed funds to other workers or donated them to other organizations upon receiving them.
We trust that you will choose how to best use the funds awarded to support your activism work. Examples include, but are NOT limited to:
We recommend that you DO NOT use your work email for any workplace activism or organizing activities.
While the National Labor Relations Act offers certain protections, the law as currently written falls short in shielding employees from employers spying during the digital age. According to an FAQ on employee surveillance by Workplace Fairness, a comprehensive online resource for employees about their workplace rights, “employers can legally monitor almost anything an employee does at work as long as the reason for monitoring is important enough to the business. Employers may install video cameras, read postal mail and e-mail, monitor phone and computer usage, use GPS tracking, and more.”
You can learn more about the use of company-owned digital tools for workplace organizing in this post.
Within two weeks of submitting your application, you will be notified of your application status via email. If your application is chosen to move forward in the process, you will be asked to schedule a 30-minute phone call to discuss your application. You will receive a final decision on your application within 2 weeks of your phone interview.
Applications are first reviewed by our staff who ensure that submissions meet the eligibility requirements. Eligible applications are then reviewed by members of the appropriate Worker Committee and Fund Staff who evaluate the applications based on the eligibility criteria (see above) and decision criteria (see below). Visit the Our Team page to learn more about the Fund staff and Worker Committees.
The Fund will consider the following criteria (developed by the Worker Committees in partnership with the Fund’s staff and board) in deciding whether or not to recommend funding:
You may choose to have your payment made electronically to a US bank account or by check. Payments are made in one lump sum.
No. This is money to support you and your leadership. We won’t require you to do anything in exchange for these funds beyond what you’ve already done or plan to do in your workplace. That said, we’d love to stay connected and support your efforts to organize in your workplace and/or industry. Please contact us if you would like to explore other layers of support that we may be able to provide.
We send all fund recipients an optional survey to complete 2-3 months after receiving payment. The questions in this survey will inquire about your experience with the Solidarity Fund and how the funding was useful to you.
For the Tech Worker Fund, the Fund is only giving one stipend per person at this time.
For the Starbucks Fund you can apply for another stipend if it has been 12 months or more since receiving your last stipend.
Coworker Solidarity Fund relies on contributions from individuals and philanthropic institutions. We also received in-kind support from Amalgamated Bank. You can make a donation to support our work here.
No. While Coworker Solidarity Fund, a 501(c)(4), and Coworker.org, a 501(c)(3), share vision and values in supporting worker-activists, the organizations are autonomous, financially and legally independent, and governed by separate Boards of Directors. Each does all of its own fundraising and makes its own decisions.
Yes! It’s a great privilege to support your leadership and workplace activism, and we think you’re doing incredibly important work. If you’d like to talk about our support for your organizing and activism, we suggest language like, “The Solidarity Fund has awarded me a $2,500 stipend to support my workplace organizing efforts at [company name].”
Our sister organization, Coworker.org, can provide you with coaching and training on how to take action in the workplace. Send an email to [email protected] to get connected to an experienced organizer.
If you are interested in learning more about starting a petition on Coworker.org, please click here.
To learn more about staging a workplace walkout, please visit “So you want to stage a workplace walkout. Here are a few things to consider.”
Yes, payments are considered taxable income. You will be asked to submit a W-9 and payments will be reported to the IRS. You will receive a 1099 for your tax filing purposes. Income tax requirements vary by state. We recommend that you check with a tax professional or tax preparation service for guidance on how to report your payment when filing your state and federal taxes.
Unemployment benefits vary by state. Please check your state’s Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIB) rules, or check with your local benefits office or caseworker to determine if income from the Fund will affect your current or pending unemployment benefits. Here are links to UIB Rules in CA, NY, TX, MA, and WA:
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