Workers Development in the City of New York is a for-profit business aimed at the development of worker cooperative businesses in the New York City metropolitan area. Our business structure is also organized as a worker cooperative. Presently, we are at work on our first worker cooperative restaurant. Visit workersdiner.org for more information.
Creative Financing for Your Worker Cooperative Jenny Kassan, Katovich Law Group and Sustainable Economies Law Center; Chris Michael, Workers Development; Christina Jennings, NCDF; Mike Leung, Worker Cooperative Credit Union
This panel will cover the legal framework for the financing of worker cooperatives and provide examples of creative financing techniques including the creation of a credit union to help finance worker cooperatives and conducting a direct public stock offering to non-members.
During 2009 Nicholas Roberts and Kirstie Stramler visited permaculture, transition and cooperative sites throughout Australia, California, New York City, Spain, France, England, Scotland and Denmark. An earlier draft of this presentation was given to the Swansea Heads Sustainable Neighbourhood on Saturday, 6th February, 2009. Thanks to Kate Beswick and Tom Toogood
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Geography;
Author of The Limits to Capital (Verso, 2007)
in conversation with
Editor of CounterPunch and columnist for The Nation
LAURA FLANDERS, GRITtv
A Jobless Recovery is NO RECOVERY! The banks are booming on public cash, and Wall Street bonuses are soaring while workers’ wages flat line. Is this the future of capitalism? Are we living it right now? Or is there another way? Another future? Join us on September 22 at CUNY’s Proshansky Auditorium for a conversation about the crisis now with Counterpunch co-editor and Nation columnist Alexander Cockburn and CUNY professor and author David Harvey. Moderated by bestselling author and host of GRITtv Laura Flanders.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 7.30 pm
CUNY Grad Center
365 Fifth Ave., at 34th St.
New York, NY 10001
Book-signing reception to follow.
Widely influential, he is among the top 20 most cited authors in the humanities. In addition, he is the world’s most cited academic geographer (according to Andrew Bodman, see Transactions of the IBG, 1991, 1992), and the author of many books and essays that have been prominent in the development of modern geography as a discipline. His work has contributed greatly to broad social and political debate, most recently he has been credited with helping to bring back social class and Marxist methods as serious methodological tools in the critique of global capitalism, particularly in its neoliberal form.
(South Bronx, N.Y. – August 28, 2009) – For the second consecutive year, ReBuilders Source and Green Worker Cooperatives have teamed up to bring the Timpson Place Block & Barbecue Party on Saturday, September 12. This year’s theme: ReBuilders Source is the Construction Industry’s Resource.
Meet Our 2009 Graduates GWC is proud to announce the Spring 2009 Graduating class of Co-op Academy.
They are transitioning to become members of ReBuilder’s Source, Aquatechture (Solar Manufacturer) and La Obrera(Green Diner)
Advocating Zero Waste
GREEN WORKER COOPERATIVES is a South Bronx-based organization dedicated to incubating worker-owned and environmentally friendly cooperatives in the South Bronx. Our approach is a response to high unemployment and decades of environmental racism. We don’t have the luxury to wait for new alternatives. That’s why we’re creating them. We believe that in order to address our environmental and economic problems we need new ways to earn a living that don’t require polluting the earth or exploiting human labor.
Building an alternative green economy in the South Bronx is not a solo endeavor. Help support our work today by making a donation. All donations are tax-deductible and should be made out to Green Worker, Inc.
Green Worker Cooperatives Co-op Academy Graduates Create Green Businesses
Green Worker Cooperatives is proud to announce our Co-op Academy graduates, Eddie Charles, Don Butterfield, Chris Michaels, William Cerf, Joel Frank, Janco Damas, Jerry Kahn, and Jerome Villanueva.
Green Worker Cooperatives is a local, green, and democratic worker co-op business incubator. Its goal is to create jobs and keep Bronx communities clean for the people who live in them. The Green Worker Co- op Academy is a program that ran for 16 weeks. This intensive business program has taught participants how to develop South Bronx based environmentally-friendly businesses. Students learned about issues dealing with the most beneficial ways to run a worker co-op. In addition, the participants were taught how to prepare a real world business plan. Graduate Jerome Villanueva said, “As a worker-owner you are hands on, you help out and you get dirty, here the community will actually see the owner.”
Registration for the Fall 2009 Coop Academy class can be done if you attend an Open House at 461 Timpson Place in Bronx NY on August 22nd.
The graduates of the most recent Co-op Academy class have already started expanding their ideas into reality. Aquatecture and La Obrera are two worker co-ops currently in the incubation stage. Chris Michaels and William Cerf have begun steps to launch their 24/7 green diner in the South Bronx. Don Butterfield and Eddie Charles are the founders of Aquatecture, a worker-coop to introduce solar energy and renewable energy in the Bronx. Jerome Villanueva, Janco Damas, and Joel Frank are the new transitioning worker owners at ReBuilders Source.
Rebuilders Source is a re-use store that takes in donated used or new building materials and sells those materials for far below retail price. Rebuilders Source latest transitioning member, Janco Damas states, “We need to encourage responsible disposal of all these materials.” This is the first worker-owned building material center in the world. It is a viable alternative for contractors and homeowners from putting perfectly good building materials into the landfill.
Registration for the Fall 2009 Coop Academy class can be done if you attend an Open House at 461 Timpson Place in Bronx NY on August 22nd. Visit www.greeenworker.coop to register to attend the Open House or to view videos of our graduates.
GREEN WORKER COOPERATIVES is a South Bronx-based organization dedicated to incubating worker-owned and environmentally friendly cooperatives in the South Bronx. Our approach is a response to high unemployment and decades of environmental racism. We don’t have the luxury to wait for new alternatives. That’s why we’re creating them. We believe that in order to address our environmental and economic problems we need new ways to earn a living that does not require polluting the earth or exploiting human labor.
Green Worker Cooperatives
461 Timpson Place
Bronx, New York 10455