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

Omar Freilla
Noemi Giszpenc
Bright Limm
Ngozi Okaro
Kendall Jackman
Matthew Epperson
Jennifer Hernández
Ana Rebeca Castillo
Heidi Hynes
Edward Yaker
Vandra Thorburn
Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City
Addie Banks
Heather Coppin
Chiqita Williams
Ben Fuller-Googins
craig clark
Rodney Santiago
Annie Sullivan-Chin
Jill Hamberg
Smiley Rojas-Nunez
Gil Lopez
Sebastian Peter Jr.
Victor Rakovich
Bruce Rosen

Will you sign?

  • Omar Freilla
    signed 2017-09-11 12:21:06 -0400
    Thank you for helping move our economy in a new direction!
  • Noemi Giszpenc
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-10 21:46:54 -0400
    Sign the petition: Thank You New York City Council for your support of worker #coops
  • Noemi Giszpenc
    @coopdevinst tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-10 21:46:49 -0400
    Sign the petition: Thank You New York City Council for your support of worker #coops
  • Noemi Giszpenc
    signed 2017-09-10 21:45:30 -0400
    I’m a longtime board member of Green Worker Cooperatives and a fan in general of the cooperative model for creating broad-based prosperity and civic engagement. Thanks for your support!
  • Bright Limm
    signed 2017-09-10 12:29:45 -0400
  • Ngozi Okaro
    signed 2017-09-09 19:27:46 -0400
  • Kendall Jackman
    @kendalljackman tweeted link to this page. 2017-09-09 18:36:10 -0400
  • Kendall Jackman
    signed 2017-09-09 18:35:46 -0400
  • Matthew Epperson
    signed 2017-09-09 15:00:14 -0400
    Thank you for showing visionary leadership in supporting worker cooperatives in NYC.
  • Jennifer Hernández
    signed 2017-09-09 14:47:01 -0400
  • Ana Rebeca Castillo
    signed 2017-09-09 14:26:19 -0400
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  • Heidi Hynes
    signed 2017-09-09 13:43:40 -0400
  • Edward Yaker
    signed 2017-09-09 11:29:33 -0400
  • Vandra Thorburn
    signed 2017-09-09 10:55:55 -0400
  • Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City
    signed 2017-09-09 09:46:36 -0400
    Cheyenna Weber
  • Addie Banks
    signed 2017-09-08 23:43:56 -0400
    Thank you Green Worker Coop, You are making a better future posasible!, Grace and Pace be multiplied to you! Rev. Addie
  • Heather Coppin
    signed 2017-09-08 22:42:44 -0400
  • Chiqita Williams
    signed 2017-09-08 20:23:43 -0400
    Thank you!
  • Ben Fuller-Googins
    signed 2017-09-08 19:21:47 -0400
  • craig clark
    signed 2017-09-08 18:36:51 -0400
  • Rodney Santiago
    signed 2017-09-08 17:36:50 -0400
  • Annie Sullivan-Chin
    signed 2017-09-08 17:25:06 -0400
  • Jill Hamberg
    signed 2017-09-08 17:15:54 -0400
  • Smiley Rojas-Nunez
    signed 2017-09-08 16:27:36 -0400
    Thank you for all the work that you do and for supporting the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative!
  • Gil Lopez
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-08 16:22:53 -0400
    Sign the petition: Thank You City Council
  • Gil Lopez
    signed 2017-09-08 16:22:31 -0400
  • Sebastian Peter Jr.
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-08 15:50:11 -0400
    Sign the petition: Thank You City Council
  • Sebastian Peter Jr.
    signed 2017-09-08 15:49:51 -0400
  • Victor Rakovich
    signed 2017-09-08 15:43:34 -0400
    Thank you for supporting our Coops!
  • Bruce Rosen
    signed 2017-09-08 15:34:56 -0400