The Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative (CUCI) emerged in the wake of a historic agreement signed in October, 2009 between Mondragon and the United Steelworkers, North America’s largest industrial union, to launch union-cooperatives in the United States. The agreement opened the door for the opportunity for CUCI’s to create jobs that are family supporting and improve the local economy in the Greater Cincinnati area by replicating and enhancing the long standing success of Mondragon’s Worker-Owned Cooperative Model by implementing the United Steelworker (USW) – Mondragon agreement.

The Cincinnati Northside Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation, doing business as Northsiders Engaged in Sustainable Transformation – NEST – is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt, tax-deductible organization. NEST is a neighborhood development corporation organized to: address blighted and vacant property conditions; promote homeownership; encourage new business development; and, deter crime.


United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 75 is a union of 30,000 working people united to improve our industries and our communities. Members of Local 75 work in supermarkets, drug stores, food processing and packing plants, and health care facilities in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

UFCW Local 75 is a community-based union dedicated to the economic and social well being of our members, the growth and advancement of the labor movement, and the promotion and practice of union and political democracy. We work to attain contracts with livable wages, affordable benefits, and job security providing better lives for members and their families.






The Ohio Employee Ownership Center, a non-profit outreach center of Kent State University, supports the development of business across Ohio and around the world by its efforts that are proven to save jobs, create wealth, and grow the economy. The OEOC’s work rests on a simple philosophy: broader ownership of productive assets is a good thing for employees, communities, and our country.

The OEOC provides technical assistance, training, & outreach to the business community in 4 major areas:

  1. To business owners looking to exit their business;
  2. To owners interested in selling their business to their employees;
  3. To employee groups, local governments, and community groups seeking to avoid business shutdowns and job loss in their communities; and
  4. To existing employee-owned companies, designed to help them be better employee-owned companies.

An Overview of the OEOC and its programs can be found here

Questions? Contact the OEOC at


CAINLOGOWHITEwebCAIN is a 501(c)(3) award-winning non-profit neighborhood ministry that transforms lives and inspires hope by providing nutritious food, crisis assistance, resources, and compassion in a way that respects human dignity and builds a more vibrant community CAIN assists 45223 zip code households who are low-income and under-resourced with food and other necessities, meals, and shelter – offered as a tangible expressions of God’s love. CAIN extends compassionate hospitality through its Rainbow Choice Food Pantry, Phil’s Place free community weekly dinner, and Grace Place temporary transitional housing for women and children.