January 2016

NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative Course Syllabus: Implementers

The Center for Family Life (CFL) has been incubating worker cooperatives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn since 2006. We have seen how our work has helped empower our community by supporting cooperative members in their quest for fair wages, dignified employment and social justice through their cooperative businesses. For the last 5 years, CFL has been training other NYC-based organizations in cooperative development, sharing our model and others and supporting organizations in creating their own approach to worker cooperative development.

This document is the syllabus for "Implementers" (organizations dedicated to implementing cooperative development) in our NYC Worker Cooperative Development Initiative. Readings are included about creating an incubation model, feasibility studies and business planning, systems of oppression and anti-oppression in workplaces, and coop legal issues (NYC-based). 

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