Shifting Power, Meeting the Moment: Worker Ownership as a Strategy Tool for the Labor Movement - CLEO Skip to main content


This primer focuses on one set of tools the labor movement can utilize to build power, expand wealth, and deepen member engagement in the years ahead: worker ownership.

It explores:

  • How Unions and Worker Ownership Work Together
  • How Worker Ownership Can Build Power for Workers
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Overcoming Challenges
  • Looking Ahead: Building at Scale.

The cases and approaches discussed suggest that the convergence of union representation and worker ownership could provide fertile ground for the labor movement as it redefines itself in an increasingly hostile economic and political environment, while also deepening workplace democracy across different parts of the economy.