Labor Coop Connections seeks to empower workers by building solidarity between worker cooperatives, unions, collectives and other community organizations. We are committed to economic democracy, popular education, and grassroots coalition-building.
Our services include:
In depth workshops, training and technical assistance on the development of worker cooperatives and effective strategies of labor education
Consulting to organized labor and worker coop practitioners
Providing popular education materials such as worker cooperative manuals, labor organizing strategies, instructive videos, and social equity-focused case studies and field tours
Research and publication regarding the challenges facing workers today, and innovative strategies to empower labor.
Dr. Minsun Ji, Founder/Principal
Minsun Ji (Ph.D.) is a labor-community organizer, activist scholar and popular educator, inspired by Paulo Friere.
Minsun served as Director of the Center for New Directions in Politics and Public Policy program in the political science department at the University of Colorado Denver that focused on developing program tracks in local government, labor-community organizing and social economy innovation programs. By building robust community-university partnerships, Minsun focused on developing the leadership of social and labor activist students.
Minsun also comes with a diverse labor organizing background. Minsun organized immigrant janitors with SEIU, and immigrant day laborers in Denver. Minsun was the founder and the Executive Director of Denver’s first immigrant day laborer center, El Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores (Humanitarian Center for Workers), where she focused on leadership development, diverse educational programs, and policy advocacy to empower workers. Minsun helped create Denver’s first immigrant worker cooperative (Green Clean) with domestic workers in 2009.
Minsun has published numerous academic and popular press articles regarding worker cooperatives, social/labor movements, community economic development and community organizing strategies. Minsun provided a multi-week Colorado Worker Cooperative Academy workshop series (in Spanish) to educate immigrants with step-by-step guidelines on forming a worker cooperative. She published Immigrant Worker Owned Cooperatives: A User’s Manual in 2012, which has been widely used by immigrant organizations nationwide. She has served on the Colorado Governor’s Commissioner on Employee Ownership, is a research fellow at the Institute for Cooperative Digital Economy at the New School of Social Science, and a J. Robert Beyster Employee Ownership Fellow with Rutgers University, School of Management and Labor Relations.
Through diverse experiences, Minsun is committed to providing diverse popular education materials and experiences for workers and diverse groups working in grass-roots solidarity with workers.
“Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.”
– John L. Lewis
President of United Mine Workers of America