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

Deborah Hawkins
Maria Lopez
Cecilia Gaston
Jessica Turner
Bob Bonazzi
Anh-Thu Nguyen
Leigh Brown
Heidi McClure
Jeff Deasy
Emma Yorra
Kathleen Fekete Bauerlein
Kelly Mclane
Norma Fuentes-Mayorga
Bob Stone
Jennifer Cuevas
Missy Risser
Michelle O'Malley
Darriel ortiz
Alan/Ometeotl Rinaldo
Deniz Vurmaz
Erlend Kimmich
Beth Holden
Stuart Schneider
Eliana Ramos
Vladislav Petrov
Sankofa Ra
Colette Pean
Rebecca Lurie

Will you sign?

  • Deborah Hawkins
    signed 2017-09-12 13:57:25 -0400
    Northeast New England Loan & Outreach Officer, Cooperative Fund of New England
  • Maria Lopez
    signed 2017-09-12 13:49:12 -0400
    I live en NJ, but I work in NYC and I very concern about this matters.
  • Cecilia Gaston
    signed 2017-09-12 13:46:42 -0400
    Cecilia M Gaston
  • Jessica Turner
    signed 2017-09-12 13:44:38 -0400
  • Bob Bonazzi
    signed 2017-09-12 13:33:58 -0400
  • Anh-Thu Nguyen
    signed 2017-09-12 12:58:18 -0400
    Thank you City Council members for your support of the Worker Cooperative Development Business Initiative and for your deep commitment to building values-based, sustainable businesses that create opportunity for and work for all New Yorkers. Thank you again!
  • Leigh Brown
    signed 2017-09-12 11:37:12 -0400
    Thank you for supporting this initiative year after year! People all over the country and the world look to this municipal effort as a model.
  • Heidi McClure
    signed 2017-09-12 10:34:44 -0400
    Thank you so much for supporting this life supporting, sustainable trend in businesses today. Peace and blessings.
  • Jeff Deasy
    signed 2017-09-12 10:27:00 -0400
    Jeff Deasy
  • Emma Yorra
    signed 2017-09-12 10:02:23 -0400
    Thank you for your visionary support of this important work to improve the economic and social conditions of our neighborhoods.
  • Kathleen Fekete Bauerlein
    signed via 2017-09-12 08:34:33 -0400
    Kathleen Fekete Bauerlein
  • Kelly Mclane
    signed 2017-09-11 22:12:57 -0400
    Thank you for supporting the people of NYC!
  • Norma Fuentes-Mayorga
    signed 2017-09-11 22:03:43 -0400
    Congratulations Melissa Mark Viverito and members of the Council for such an innovative project. The City Council is setting an example with its diverse and democratic leadership and with projects they bring new forms of economic growt, the type that also increases social cohesion between brown, black and white communities. Kudos!
  • Bob Stone
    signed 2017-09-11 21:35:52 -0400
    NYC takes the lead AGAIN!
  • Jennifer Cuevas
    signed 2017-09-11 21:00:08 -0400
  • Missy Risser
    signed 2017-09-11 17:56:19 -0400
    Thank you for your leadership!
  • Michelle O'Malley
    signed 2017-09-11 16:41:14 -0400
    Thank you especially for the support that you’ve given Green Worker Coop in the Bronx. Their classes have been extremely inspiring and fundamental to learning business basics for people like me who never went to business school.
  • Darriel ortiz
    signed 2017-09-11 16:34:35 -0400
    Thank you for you support.
  • Alan/Ometeotl Rinaldo
    signed 2017-09-11 15:42:30 -0400
    Alan Rinaldo, Guadalupe Perez, Joel Flores and Atzimba.
  • Deniz Vurmaz
    signed 2017-09-11 15:23:24 -0400
    Deniz Vurmaz
  • Erlend Kimmich
    signed 2017-09-11 15:01:38 -0400
    Erlend Kimmich
  • Beth Holden
    signed 2017-09-11 14:42:57 -0400
    Democracy means taking responsibility. That’s what worker ownership means.
  • Stuart Schneider
    signed 2017-09-11 14:12:12 -0400
    Thanks so much for supporting worker-owned cooperatives throughout New York City
  • Eliana Ramos
    signed 2017-09-11 13:46:09 -0400
  • Vladislav Petrov
    signed 2017-09-11 13:27:47 -0400
  • Sankofa Ra
    signed 2017-09-11 13:21:09 -0400
    Thank you for supporting a vision of healthier and wiser entrepreneurship that strengthens us all.
  • Colette Pean
    signed 2017-09-11 13:13:54 -0400
    As we grow our neighborhoods, co-ops offer a viable model for grassroots economic empowerment.
  • Rebecca Lurie
    signed 2017-09-11 12:54:45 -0400
    Rebecca Lurie
  • Omar Freilla
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-11 12:28:27 -0400
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  • Omar Freilla
    @OmarFreilla tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-11 12:28:22 -0400
    Sign the petition thanking the City Council for supporting worker #coops . #nowweown