The purpose of the Workers Confluence Fund of Minnesota is to build worker power so that more workers have a voice in their workplaces and in the economy. Worker power is the essential counterweight to the economic power wielded by corporate and financial interests; increasing worker power leads to more just and equitable outcomes for working people and their families, especially women, Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), immigrants, and members of other marginalized groups. Building worker power improves health and education outcomes, increases neighborhood and family stability, and builds wealth for BIPOC communities.
Confluence builds worker power by offering grants and techincal assistance to 501c3 nonprofits seeking to:
1) expand access to existing worker power structures, including unions and worker centers, or
2) develop new worker-driven economic institutions like worker cooperatives, Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) standard-setting and monitoring organizations, and municipal wage boards.
Confluence un-silos the strategies of worker organizing so that groups can experiment freely, build trust, share wisdom, and win victories that materially improve the lives of working people and families.
This has the potential to improve health and education outcomes, increase neighborhood and family stability, and facilitate long-term wealth-building among marginalized communities.