Thank You City Council


Thank you to all of our elected representatives in the New York City Council and Mayor DeBlasio for renewing and growing the City’s historic Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative for the 4th year in a row.

We particularly thank the following council members for stepping up to make their voices heard in support of this historic initiative:

  • Hon. Melissa Mark-Viverito, 8th CD
  • Hon. Helen Rosenthal, 6th CD
  • Hon. Anabel Palma, 18th CD
  • Hon. Carlos Menchaca, 38th CD
  • Hon Antonio Reynoso, 34th CD
  • Hon. Brad Lander, 39th CD
  • Hon. Andy King, 12th CD
  • Hon. Ritchie Torres, 15th CD 

Thanks to the City’s investment of over $5 million since the initiative began 3 years ago, the WCBDI has achieved significant results toward scaling and strengthening the cooperative ecosystem in NYC.

The initiative has created a total of 65 worker-owned businesses, effectively tripling the number of worker cooperatives in New York City in three years.

These new businesses have created 282 new, sustainable jobs which compete with industry standards in terms of pay and conditions.

In addition, the Initiative has educated thousands of entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to inform them of the benefits of worker-owned business.

This year, Green Worker Cooperatives and the 12 other funded organizations* are poised to:


Your leadership is making this possible. We notice and appreciate your work, and urge you to continue leading the way in creating a more equitable city for all New Yorkers.


Green Worker Cooperatives 

*Organizations receiving WCBDI funding in FY 2018 are: Green Worker Cooperatives, Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, The Working World, Workplace Justice Project, Urban Justice Center, NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives,  The ICA Group, Democracy At Work Institute, Business Outreach Center Network, Urban Upbound, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, CUNY Community Economic Development Clinic


Who's signing

Raybblin Vargas
S Yohannes
Guadalupe Perez
Von Franklin
Stephanie Wong-You
Jay Sterrenberg
Isaac Morales
Lanere Rollins
Michael Loew
Zachary Wolinsky
Santa Glover
Jonah Fertig
Rafiah Fatosin Vitalis
Sharim Algarin
Carey Clark
Patricia Jackson
Eric Oppel
Frances Goff
Alex Peters
Sir Nelson
Erik Forman
Socorro Aguirre
Jessica Bonanno
Kimberly McNabb
Saduf Syal
Lorena Kourousias

Will you sign?

  • Raybblin Vargas
    signed 2017-09-24 20:42:13 -0400
  • S Yohannes
    @seyoumyohannes tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-19 07:57:53 -0400
  • S Yohannes
    signed 2017-09-19 07:55:57 -0400
    Thank you!
  • Guadalupe Perez
    signed 2017-09-18 22:35:00 -0400
    Thank You City Council
  • Von Franklin
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-16 20:27:07 -0400
    Sign the petition: Thank You City Council
  • Von Franklin
    @mobilemight tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-16 20:27:02 -0400
  • Von Franklin
    signed 2017-09-16 20:26:10 -0400
    Thank you all you have done.
  • @GreenWorkerCoop tweeted this page. 2017-09-16 01:27:00 -0400
  • Stephanie Wong-You
    signed 2017-09-14 12:17:49 -0400
  • Jay Sterrenberg
    signed 2017-09-14 08:43:08 -0400
  • Isaac Morales
    signed 2017-09-14 00:21:53 -0400
    We thank our City Council for your support and dedication. From Brooklyn, in the County of Kings ,

    Soon to be Vida’s Creole
  • Lanere Rollins
    signed 2017-09-13 14:33:31 -0400
  • Michael Loew
    signed 2017-09-13 12:48:05 -0400
  • Zachary Wolinsky
    signed 2017-09-13 12:07:18 -0400
    Thank you to all the members of the New York City Council and Mayor DeBlasio for supporting the development of worker cooperatives. Worker cooperatives are an essential tool for community economic development, as well as an effective way to more fully realize democracy.
  • Santa Glover
    signed 2017-09-13 10:53:59 -0400
  • Jonah Fertig
    signed 2017-09-13 08:41:45 -0400
    Your work in New York City to support worker cooperatives has inspired us here in Maine to work with our city councils to increase support for worker co-ops as well.
  • Rafiah Fatosin Vitalis
    signed 2017-09-13 08:23:12 -0400
    Major accolades to the council and their unabashed support of worker cooperatives that’s the antithesis to the capitalism that dominates our society.
  • Sharim Algarin
    signed 2017-09-13 07:31:11 -0400
    Thank you for supporting our communities in creating sustainability.
  • Carey Clark
    signed 2017-09-12 23:43:32 -0400
  • Patricia Jackson
    signed 2017-09-12 23:43:07 -0400
  • Eric Oppel
    signed 2017-09-12 20:05:14 -0400
  • Frances Goff
    signed 2017-09-12 15:21:43 -0400
  • Alex Peters
    signed 2017-09-12 14:59:43 -0400
    Special thanks from The Working World team!
  • Sir Nelson
    signed 2017-09-12 14:42:18 -0400
  • Erik Forman
    signed 2017-09-12 14:33:15 -0400
  • Socorro Aguirre
    signed 2017-09-12 14:16:00 -0400
  • Jessica Bonanno
    signed 2017-09-12 14:08:11 -0400
  • Kimberly McNabb
    signed 2017-09-12 14:06:45 -0400
  • Saduf Syal
    signed 2017-09-12 14:04:50 -0400
  • Lorena Kourousias
    signed 2017-09-12 14:01:36 -0400