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Mayor de Blasio Signs Into Law Bill to benefit Worker Owned Cooperatives in New York City.

March 19, 2015

Yesterday, March 18th, Mayor Bill De Blasio signed five pieces of legislation into law, among them, Intro 423-A.  This new law requires the Department of Small Businesses Services and the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services to report on the number of contracts awarded to worker owned cooperatives and the amount of worker owned cooperatives that are receiving assistance from the city.  


“We are excited because this is really the opening the door to a new way of doing business, it is a sign from the administration that they are serious about supporting an economy that puts communities and people first.” says Omar Freilla, founder and coordinator of Green Worker Cooperatives.


In the 12 years that Green Worker Cooperatives has been developing worker owned cooperatives in New York City, this is the first Mayor that has been invested in prioritizing worker ownership.  


“Members of our cooperatives don’t hob knob with the rich and famous, they are not well connected, we are just regular people who deserve an opportunity to be able to show that we can do the job.” says Ana Escalante, a worker owner at Bio Classic Cleaning Cooperative.


The New York Worker Cooperative Coalition, a coalition of organizations that cultivate worker owned businesses has been working to make this a reality since fall 2013. Over a year ago, the group joined forces with Bronx Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo, who has since played a key role in rallying the rest of the New York City Council in support of worker-owned cooperative development. Other co-prime sponsors of this bill include, Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Carlos Menchaca.


In addition to Green Worker Cooperatives, NY Worker Cooperative Coalition members that particularly impacted the legislation were Center for Family Life, Democracy at Work Institute, the Working World, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Make the Road New York, Urban Justice Center, and CUNY School of Law.


Green Worker Cooperatives is dedicated to incubating worker-owned green businesses in order to build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice. For more information www.greenworker.coop



A Testament to New York City’s Initiative to Develop Worker Owned Businesses

A Testament to New York City’s Initiative to Develop Worker Owned Businesses:Green Worker Cooperatives Launches Three New Worker Owned Cooperatives



Bronx, NY- The fall 2014 Coop Academy Graduation Ceremony will take place on Saturday January 24th, 2015 at 3:00pm, at 1231 Lafayette Avenue in the Bronx New York.  Thirteen individuals that make up three cooperatives will be honored as completing this intense cooperative business bootcamp.


The graduation address will be delivered by New York Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo (District 17), a key leader in the City Council who advocated strongly for greater support for worker-owned businesses.  Green Worker Cooperative addresses will be delivered by Coop Academy Coordinator Thomas Assefa and Green Worker Cooperatives Founder Omar Freilla.

The Coop Academy was made possible through Mayor DeBlasio’s  and the City Council’s historic $1.2 million allocation to grow the number of local worker-owned businesses. Known as the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, the funding was part of an effort to boost the worker cooperative sector in a long-term effort to reduce poverty and inequality.  Green Worker Cooperatives is presently incubating and supporting eight New York City based cooperatives (32 worker owners) through this initiative.


The fall 2014 graduating cooperatives are:  Bio Classic Cleaning Cooperative, a Latina Women owned cleaning company that uses biodegradable cleaning products.  “My reason for being part of Bio-Classic Cleaning Cooperative is so that I could have my own job and have more time for my children.  My other jobs did not provide me time to parent as I would like.  I also like cleaning with natural products, because that way I take care of not only the clients health, but my health, my families health, and mother earths health”, says Bio Classic worker owner Beatriz Alvarado.  Diaspora Destinations is an African travel experience cooperative owned by two black women.  “The most important reason of why I co-founded Diaspora Destinations is that this cooperative is truly the marriage between my love for my community, my passion for travel, and my realization that I can be part of a business that I believe in.  Coop Academy has really taught me that being an entrepreneur is no longer an unattainable dream or something that others do.” says worker owner Rafiah Vitalis.  Latino Arts Movement a cooperative that works to create educational, cultural and social experiences so that stereotypes in mainstream media that plague the Latino community can be countered progressively.  


The graduation ceremony will take place at 3:00pm on Saturday January 24th, at the Business Outreach Center’s Bronx Business Incubator 1231 Lafayette Avenue, 2nd floor in the Bronx.  For more information, please call 404 610 2807.

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Coop Academy Spring 2015: Four registered Cooperatives!

On Thursday November 20th, Green Worker Cooperatives hosted its first orientation session for its Spring 2015 cooperative teams. We have four teams in the making, soon you will know about them, what they do and how you can support them.  

Thanks #Cooperative Home Care Associates for hosting and Caracol Interpreters Cooperative for interpreting. 


Coop Academy Spring 2015 Cooperativa de Tecnicos especializados/Specialized Technological Cooperative

“Ofrecer asesoria y soluciones tecnicas en todo lo relacionado con equipos de Aire Acondicionado y Refrigeracion Comercial, con servicio de calidad, garantizado con la Certificacion ISO 9001”

Somos un equipo de emprendedores hispanos, con  habilidades en multiples disciplinas, con un punto  en comun, que todos sus miembros son Tecnicos HVAC-R calificados  con Certificacion  EPA, egresados de Escuelas Tecnicas de NYC.

Nuestro enfoque es la “Venta, Instalacion y Reparacion de equipos HVAC-R (Calefaccion, Ventilacion, Aire Acondicionado y Refrigeracion),  y esta dirijido al mercado de los dueños de pequeños negocios, gerentes, chefs ejecutivos, jefes de mantenimiento, Superintendentes de edificios, en los sectores de restaurantes, panaderias, abastos, salones de belleza, administradoras de viviendas.

Queremos asegurar la “Satisfaccion del Cliente” ofreciendo un servicio tecnico efeciente y eficaz, con transparencia, y para cumplir con este objetivo, implementaremos un Sistema de gestion de Calidad ISO 9001.


“Providing advice and technical solutions in everything related to computers Air Conditioning and Commercial Refrigeration with quality service, guaranteed with ISO 9001 Certification “ 

We are a team of Hispanic entrepreneurs with skills in multiple disciplines with a point in common, that all members are qualified Technicians HVAC -R with EPA Certification , Technical graduates of NYC Schools . 

 Our approach is the ” Sale , Installation and equipment repair HVAC- R ( Heating , Ventilation , Air Conditioning and Refrigeration ) and this will be directed to the market for small business owners , managers, executive chefs , maintenance managers , building superintendents in the areas of restaurants, bakeries , grocery stores, beauty salons, housing managers .  We want to ensure ” Customer Satisfaction ” efficiently offering technical service and efficient , transparent , and to meet this goal , we will implement a Quality Management System ISO 9001 .