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New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives


NYC Worker Cooperative Business Association

(646) 363-6311 / info@nycworker.coop

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New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives


NYC Worker Cooperative Business Association

(646) 363-6311 / info@nycworker.coop

By teaching more organizations how to train New Yorkers to develop worker-owned cooperative businesses, we’re helping create more stable, better paying jobs in the communities that need them most. I am incredibly proud of the Council’s partnership with Center for Family Life to help expand the worker cooperative model across the five boroughs and look forward to seeing the businesses created out of this initiative.
— Speaker Christine C. Quinn

Working with Government

In August 2011, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn pledged Council support of worker cooperative developer Center for Family Life. The New York City Worker Cooperative Development Initiative has since provided technical assistance, training, consultation, and legal services through the Center for Family Life and the Urban Justice Center’s Community Development Project. Two selected community based organizations, Westchester Square Partnership and Make the Road New York, received 12 months of in-kind technical program support and legal services to support the development of worker cooperatives among their members and community.

“I was proud to support Make the Road New York’s application for funding through the Council’s Worker Cooperative Development Training initiative,” said Council Member Julissa Ferreras. “This funding will help build the power of Latino and working class communities and will help meet a pressing need in immigrant communities – that of sustainable jobs.”

Click here for the press release

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Growing Employment


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Growing Employment


New York City is currently home to at least 23 worker cooperative businesses in Manhattan, The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.

Our largest worker cooperative is Cooperative Home Care Associates, a nationally recognized, worker-owned home care agency in the Bronx. CHCA was founded in 1985 to provide quality home care to clients by providing quality jobs for direct-care workers. CHCA started with 12 home health aides. The cooperative now employs more than 2,000 staff. Together with PHI, a nonprofit founded by CHCA in 1992, CHCA maintains an employer-based workforce development program that provides free training for 600 low-income and unemployed women annually and serves as a significant driver of employment in the Bronx.

Si Se Puede! Women's Cooperative was founded in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in August 2006 to bring together immigrant women to create a women-run, women-owned, eco-friendly housecleaning business. The cooperative is designed to create living wage jobs that will be performed in a safe and healthy environment, as well as to provide social supports and educational opportunities for their members.

Palante Technology Cooperative works to help non-profit, progressive organizations move forward with the aid of technology. They come to this work with technical expertise, a deep understanding of the particular needs of community organizations, and a long-standing commitment to working for social justice.

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Improving Our Democracy


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Improving Our Democracy


If democracy is justified in governing the state, then it must also be justified in governing economic enterprises; and to say that it is not justified in governing economic enterprises is to imply that it is not justified in governing the state.
— Robert Dahl, Political Scientist
A democratic firm is a
company “owned” and controlled by all the people working in it. A market economy where the predominant number of firms are democratic firms is called an
economic democracy.
— David Ellerman, Economist
A business under economic democracy is regarded not as a thing to be bought or sold, but as a community. When you join a business, you receive the rights of full citizenship—namely, an equal vote in the community.
— David Schweickart, Philosopher
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Services


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Services


  • Worker Coop 101, Coop Chat, and Screenings

  • Annual Conference

  • Consulting

  • Policy Advocacy

  • Public Outreach and Media Relations

  • Monthly E-Newsletter

  • Partnering with Community Organizations

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Conference


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Conference


Economic Democracy and Economic Justice: The Tale of a New City

The New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives will hold its first annual conference of presentations and discussions about economic democracy and the road to economic justice. 

The conference will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at CUNY Law School. The public is invited to a day of panels, group sessions, and lectures on workplace democracy, worker cooperative businesses, and the future of economic democracy in New York City. 

Register at:
www.nycworker.eventbrite.com 
or in-person on Saturday, June 21.

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: CUNY Law School, 2 Court Square, Queens, NY 11101
Directions: E/M/G/7 to Court Square
Admissions: $5 - 25

Please contact info@nycworker.coop or 646.363.6311 with questions. The CUNY Law Community and Economic Development clinic is graciously hosting the event.

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Public Hearing


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Public Hearing


The public is invited to attend and/or testify at the upcoming New York City Council’s Community Development Committee hearing on “Worker Cooperatives – Is This A Model That Can Lift Families Out Of Poverty?” on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 10:00 at 250 Broadway, 16th Floor Committee Room. The hearing is being held by Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo.

If you plan to attend to show support and/ or testify, please contact chibhatt24@gmail.com or 212-801-1815 and let us know your name, organizational affiliation (if you have one), email address and phone number so that we might inform the City Council of expected attendees. Also, please indicate if you plan to testify at the hearing or be there to show support.

If you plan to testify, please bring twenty (20) hard copies of your testimony. Your spoken testimony should be capped at three (3) minutes.

As a template, your testimony should include your 1) name and organization, 2) personal story or background, as well as 3) reference to our policy recommendations (listed below), and 4) the reason you support the recommendations. Please see suggested talking points here.

Please attend this upcoming City Council hearing on February 24th and speak up!

Here is a brief list of our policy recommendations to the Mayor and City Council:

1) The City should recognize worker cooperatives as valuable tools in job creation, promoting living wages, reducing income inequality, and encouraging democratic workplace.

2) NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) and City workforce funding should be utilized to support and grow worker cooperatives within the City.

3) Make worker cooperatives a preferred contractor for city agencies.

4) Provide funding to worker cooperative developers.

5) Provide capital funding to worker cooperative business.

 

Note: If you are unable to attend in-person, you may email your testimony to tdonaldson@council.nyc.gov and mschwartz@council.nyc.gov.

 

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Donate


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Donate


Thank you for your interest in supporting the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives!

All funds go directly to the growing worker cooperative movement. Please know that we greatly appreciate your commitment to this work.

To make a one-time donation via PayPal:

To donate by check: Make checks payable to 'NYC NOWC'

244 Fifth Avenue, #C230
New York, NY 10001

Note: Donations made to NYC NOWC are not tax-deductible. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to support the worker cooperative movement, please email us at info@nycworker.coop

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About


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About


Board of Directors

Lauryl Berger-Chun, CoFed

Jeffrey Deasy, Business Consultant

Yadira Fragoso, Sí Se Puede

Matt Keesan, 3B Bed & Breakfast

Scott Trumbull, The Working World

 

Staff

Brendan Martin, Director

Brendan Martin founded the Working World, a revolving loan fund for recovered factories and worker cooperatives, in Argentina in 2004. He acted as the coordinator there from 2004 - 2009.  In 2009, he helped found the second Working World cooperative fund in Nicaragua, and in 2012, he became US Director of the new cooperative loan fund in New York City. Living in Argentina and working with recovered factories, Brendan witnessed the variety of forms that cooperatives can encompass, from the most well-funded and organized to the newest and most challenged groups. Now in the United States, he and the Working World team are applying those lessons with OccuCopy, Si Se Puede, Third Root, and the New Era windows factory cooperative in Chicago. The Working World fund operates as a collective and practices community-based financing with zero wealth extraction.  The long-term vision of the fund is to be controlled by a board of cooperatives, to house mostly their savings, and to help make financing available to people who do not yet own their workplaces.

Christopher Michael, Founding Director

Christopher Michael is currently completing a JD/PhD (Politics) at the City University of New York with a focus on cooperative financial structures, community economic development, and labor law. Chris has ten years of experience in a variety of fields. After undergraduate at Columbia University, he worked demolition in the South Bronx, Brownsville, and Harlem; and then advanced to the position of Carpenter’s Apprentice at a private renovation/construction firm. He moved to Berlin for three years, where he worked in catering, independent film, advertising, and translation. Returning to New York, he drove yellow cab for two years. Chris is married, an enthusiast of the Chinatown YMCA, and continues to love New York pizza.