The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) exposes people to the concept of worker-owned businesses; strengthens existing worker-owned businesses; develops relationships between democratically-owned businesses, labor institutions, and resource organizations; and builds the movement for workplace democracy. It is held every two years in the Eastern United States.

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 ECWD will be held this June 09-11, 2017 at Fordham University Lincoln Center in New York City in partnership with NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives and Fordham University Law School’s Economic Development Clinic.

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Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus is located at the northwest corner of Columbus Avenue at 60th Street (113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023). The main entrance to the School of Law is located between Columbus Avenue and Amsterdam on 62nd Street (150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023). For accommodation- and travel-related information, visit the location page.

We want to make ECWD as accessible as possible, therefore registration is on a sliding scale from $90 – $550. We ask that you honestly evaluate what is within your means for attending the conference this year. The true per-person cost of the conference is $280, so we encourage you to pay that amount or even above that amount if you can. This reflects what it takes for us to cover conference space, programming, childcare, translation/interpretation, food, and other costs.

Register here.

Introducing #ECWD2017 Sessions

Have you seen? The program for this year’s conference is ready. You’ll notice the sessions are organized into different tracks. Here’s an inside look at them: Coop Support Network sessions will be focused on coop development, technical assistance, and business supports. Economic Network sessions will examine market connections and cross-sector...

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to our "Star Supporter" sponsors: Collective Copies Ÿ– Consortium for Worker Education — Cooperative Foundation Ÿ– Cooperative Fund of New England Ÿ– Grassroots Economic Organizing Ÿ– ICA Group –Ÿ Isthmus Engineering Ÿ– National Cooperative Bank Ÿ– OnPoint Security Ÿ– Open Bookkeeping Ÿ– Shared Capital Cooperative –Ÿ Wegner CPAs - Vermont Employee Ownership Center - Capital Impact Partners. Thanks also to the following "BFF" sponsors: Brooklyn Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Casa Nueva, CDS Consulting, Gaia Host, Radix Media, Real Pickles, Trusteeship Institute, and Vermont Employee Ownership Center for your contributions.



Connecting to the wifi from a PC or Mac:

  1. Select Fordhamwifi from the list of available Wireless Networks
  2. Open your web browser (Safari, Firefox, or Chrome) and attempt to connect to any website. You should be re-directed to the “Fordham Network Access Control Login” page
  3. Enter the following username (all lowercase): law
  4. Enter the following password (all lowercase and numbers): conference17
  5. Select “Guest” in the pull-down menu labeled “Context”
  6. Click on the Login button

Connecting to the wifi from an iPad:

  1. Go to the “Settings” Application
  2. Select “Wi-Fi”
  3. Enable Wi-Fi to “On”
  4. At the “Choose a Network” prompt, select Fordhamwifi
  5. If you are asked for a password to the network, enter Fordhamwifi
  6. Open Safari and attempt to connect to any website
  7. The “Fordham Network Access Control Login” screen will appear
  8. Enter the following username (all lowercase): law
  9. Enter the following password (all lowercase and numbers): conference17
  10. Select “Guest” in the pull-down menu labeled “Context”
  11. Click on the Login button