3rd Annual NYC Worker Cooperative Conference

Event Details


The New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, in collaboration with CUNY Law School and the CUNY University Student Senate, invites worker-owners, the coop community, lawmakers and the general public to its third annual conference.

The conference will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at The CUNY Law School. This year’s conference promises to be an exciting day of strategy discussions, workshops, panels, and presentations. We will provide space to strategize about how to strengthen the worker cooperative economy and ecosystem in NYC by supporting existing worker cooperatives and exploring new horizons for worker cooperatives in NYC and beyond.

The morning will be a closed strategy session for worker-owners and members of the NYC Worker Cooperative Coalition. At 12:30 we invite the general public for lunch, a worker cooperative fair with free demos and a sample selection of products and services, and an afternoon of workshops, panels, and exciting discussions.

We aim to make the conference accessible to anyone who wants to attend. Therefore, we are not charging a registration fee but we do ask those who with more resources to make this possible by making a donation here.

The conference is co-hosted by New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, CUNY Law School’s Community & Economic Development Clinic and the CUNY Law School Student Senate.

The childcare will take place at the Long Island City YMCA.*(Pending Confirmation)

Child Care opens at 9:30.

Conference Program

10:00 am – 12:30 pm Closed Strategy Session

This strategy session is for worker owners and members of the NYC Worker Cooperative Coalition. We will consider four proposals:

  • Worker Owner integration into the NYC Worker Cooperative Coalition
  • NYCNoWC joint marketing proposal
  • NYCNoWC programming for the year
  • NYCNoWC member benefits and relationship to the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.

12:30 pm -6:30 pm Open to the public

12:30 – 1:30 – Free Lunch and a Worker Cooperative Fair

This will be a chance to learn about some NYC Worker Cooperatives.

1:30 pm Workshops and Panels

Technological Platforms by and for Worker Cooperatives

  • Maru Bautista, Co-Director of Cooperative Development at the Center for Family Life (CFL)
  • Dara Nussbaum-Vazquez, Director of Economic Development & Operations, CommonWise Education, Inc.
  • Maria Arias, Worker-Owner, Bio Classic Cleaning Services
  • Dana Skallman, Worker Owner at Glocal Coop
  • Moderator: Leah Feder, New Economy Lead at Sarapis

Selling to Government 2.0

  • Daniel Kong, Program Manager for NYC’s Department of Small Business Services, Division of Financial and Economic Opportunity

Using Financial Statements for Forecasting and Budget Planning

  • Annie Sullivan-Chin, Member of A Bookkeeping Cooperative (ABC Bookkeeping)

Worker Ownership: Union Coops as an Increasingly Powerful Tool in Stemming Income Inequality and Providing for Transformative Economic Justice

  • Roger Green, Executive Director, DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy and Distinguished Lecturer, Medgar Evers College
  • Carmen Huertas-Noble, CUNY School of Law and 1Worker1Vote
  • A Representative from 1199SEIU
  • Moderator: Michael Peck, Mondragon North American Delegate, 1Worker1Vote

3:00 Workshops and Panels

Cooperatives as a Social Movement Building Tool

  • Jong Chin, Divestment Student Network Leader
  • Patricia Gonzalez, Interpreter & worker-owner, Caracol Interpreters Coop
  • Irene Jor, New York Organizer at the National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC)
  • Moderator: Reg Flowers, Coop Developer at Center for Family Life and with Kaluk Coop

Administration and Customer Service for Worker Cooperatives

  • Adriana Mendoza, Cooperative Project Assistant at the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program
  • Tracy Perez, Office Manager at the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program

Support and Services for Current and Aspiring Worker Owners in NYC

  • Pablo Benson, Co-Director of Programs, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNoWC)
  • Rebecca Bauen, Program Director, Communities of Practice, Democracy At Work Institute (DAWI)
  • Nancy Carin, Executive Director, Business Outreach Center and BOC Capital Corp.
  • Carmen Huertas-Noble, CUNY Law
  • Omar Freilla, Founder, Green Worker Cooperatives
  • Rebecca Lurie, Associate Director, The Murphy Institute For Worker Education, CUNY
  • Libby Parsons, Program Manager for Capital Access, The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
  • Smiley Rojas-Nunez, Project officer, The Working World
  • Eve Weissman, Staff Attorney, New Economy Project

4:30 Closing Plenary

Immigrant Worker Owners – Lessons from the last 10 years

  • Telesh Lopez, Worker-Owner, Caracol Interpreters
  • Cristal Muñoz, Worker-Owner, Trusty Amigos
  • Teresa Pérez, Worker-Owner, Si Se Puede
  • Moderator: Pablo Benson, Co-Directors of Programs, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNoWC)

New Horizons for Worker Cooperative Development

  • April De Simone, Co-founder, Designing the We
  • Anh-Thu Nguyen, Director, We See Beauty Foundation
  • Michael Peck, Mondragon North American Delegate, 1Worker1Vote
  • Vanessa Reyes, Trans-Latina Community Organizer
  • Armando Robles, Union President and Member, New Era Windows Cooperative
  • Moderators: Carmen Huertas-Nobles, Director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) at CUNY Law School and Tammy Shapiro, Co-Directors of Programs, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNoWC)

7:00 After party

Brooks 1890 (Across the street from CUNY Law)
2428 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

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La Tercera Conferencia Anual de Cooperativas de Trabajadoresde Nueva York

La Red Neoyorquina de Cooperativas de Trabajadores (NYC NOWC), en colaboración con la Escuela de Derecho de CUNY y el Senado de Estudiantes de la Universidad de CUNY, invita a trabajadores-dueños, la comunidad cooperativa, legisladores y al público en general a su tercera conferencia anual.

La conferencia se llevará a cabo el sábado 25 de junio de, 2016 a la Escuela de Derecho de CUNY. La conferencia de este año promete ser un día emocionante para discutir estrategias, proveer capacitaciones, talleres, paneles y presentaciones. Vamos a ofrecer un espacio para crear una estrategia sobre cómo fortalecer la economía cooperativa y el ecosistemas en la ciudad de Nueva York mediante el apoyo a las cooperativas de trabajo existentes y explorar nuevos horizontes para el sector en Nueva York y más allá.

La mañana será una sesión de estrategia cerrada, contando con la participación exclusiva de trabajadores-dueños y miembros de la Coalición de la Cooperativas de Trabajadores de Nueva York. A las 12:30 invitamos al público en general para un almuerzo gratis, una feria de cooperativas de trabajo con demostraciones gratuitas y una selección de la muestra de productos y servicios, y una tarde de talleres, capacitaciones, paneles y discusiones interesantes.

Nuestro objetivo es hacer la conferencia accesible a cualquier persona que quiera asistir. Por lo tanto, nosotros no estamos cobrando una cuota de inscripción, pero lo hacemos preguntar a los que con más recursos para que esto sea posible, haciendo una donación aquí.

Regístrese de forma gratuita: www.nycworker.coop/register

La conferencia es organizada conjuntamente por la Ciudad de Nueva York Red de Cooperativas de Trabajo, Clínica y Desarrollo de la Comunidad Económica de la Facultad de Derecho de CUNY y el Senado Estudiantil de la Escuela de Leyes de CUNY.

Cuido de niños será en el Long Island City YMCA *(estamos esperando confirmación).

El cuido abrirá a las 9:30 am.

10 am – 12:30 pm Sesión Privada de Estrategia

Esta sesión de estrategia es para los trabajadores-dueños de cooperativas y los miembros de la Coalición de Cooperativa de Trabajadores de Nueva York. Consideraremos cuatro propuestas:

  • La integración de trabajadores-dueños a la Coalición Cooperativa NYC
  • NYCNoWC propuesta de Mercadeo Colectivo
  • NYCNoWC programación para el año
  • Beneficios para los miembros NYCNoWC y su relación con la Federación
  • Estadounidense de Cooperativas de Trabajadores

12:30 – 6:30 pm Abierto al Público General

12:30-1:30 Almuerzo y Feria Cooperativa

1:30pm – 4:30pm Talleres, Presentaciones y Mesas

1:30 pm

Las plataformas tecnológicas por y para Cooperativas de Trabajo

  • Maru Bautista, Co-Director of Cooperative Development at the Center for Family Life (CFL)
  • Dara Nussbaum-Vazquez, Director of Economic Development & Operations, CommonWise Education, Inc.
  • Maria Arias, Worker-Owner, Bio Classic Cleaning Services
  • Dana Skallman, Worker Owner at Glocal Coop
  • Moderator: Leah Feder, New Economy Lead at Sarapis

¿Cómo vender al gobierno? 2.0 , Sala 3-115 y 116

  • Daniel Kong, Program Manager for NYC’s Department of Small Business Services, Division of Financial and Economic Opportunity

Cómo utilizar estados financieros para pronosticar y planificar su presupuesto

  • Annie Sullivan-Chin, Member of A Bookkeeping Cooperative (ABC Bookkeeping)

La Propiedad del Trabajador: Cooperativas sindicalizadas como una herramienta para frenar la desigualdad Económica

  • Roger Green, Executive Director, DuBois-Bunche Center for Public Policy and Distinguished Lecturer, Medgar Evers College
  • Carmen Huertas-Noble, CUNY School of Law and 1Worker1Vote
  • Un Representante de 101199 SEIU
3:00 pm

Cooperativas como herramienta para movimientos sociales

  • Jong Chin, Divestment Student Network Leader
  • Patricia Gonzalez, Interpreter & worker-owner, Caracol Interpreters Coop
  • Irene Jor, New York Organizer at the National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC)
  • Moderador: Reg Flowers, Coop Developer at Center for Family Life and with Kaluk Coop

Administración y Servicio al Cliente para Cooperativas de Trabajo

  • Adriana Mendoza, Cooperative Project Assistant at the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program
  • Tracy Perez, Office Manager at the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program

Apoyo y Servicios para trabajadores-dueños actuales y aspirantes en Nueva York

  • Business Outreach Center and BOC Capital Corp., Nancy Carin, Executive Director
  • Rebecca Bauen, Program Director, Communities of Practice, Democracy At Work Institute (DAWI).
  • Pablo Benson, Co-Director of Programs, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NOWC).
  • Nancy Carin, Executive Director, Business Outreach Center and BOC Capital Corp.
  • Omar Freilla, Founder, Green Worker Cooperatives.
  • Carmen Huertas-Noble, CUNY Law.
  • Rebecca Lurie, Associate Director The Murphy Institute For Worker Education, CUNY
  • Libby Parsons, Program Manager for Capital Access and Jasmine Vasandani, Program Manager for Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS)
  • Smiley Rojas-Nunez, Project officer, The Working World
  • Eve Weissman, Staff Attorney, New Economy Project.

4:30 pm Plenario de Cierre

Palabras de apertura

  • Carmen Huertas-Noble, CUNY Law
  • Tammy Shapiro, Co-Directors of Programs, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNoWC)

Trabajadores- Dueños Inmigrantes – Lecciones de los últimos 10 años

  • Telesh Lopez, Worker-Owner, Caracol Interpreters
  • Cristal Muñoz, Worker-Owner, Trusty Amigos
  • Teresa Pérez, Worker-Owner, Si Se Puede
  • Moderador: Pablo Benson, Co-Directors of Programs, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNoWC)

Nuevos Horizontes Para Desarollo de Cooperativas de Trabajo

  • April De Simone, Co-founder, Designing the We
  • Anh-Thu Nguyen, Director, We See Beauty Foundation
  • Michael Peck, Mondragon North American Delegate, 1Worker1Vote
  • Vanessa Reyes, Trans-Latina Community Organizer
  • Armando Robles, Union President and Member, New Era Windows Cooperative

Moderators: Carmen Huertas-Nobles, Director of the Community and Economic Development Clinic (CEDC) at CUNY Law School y Tammy Shapiro, Co-Directors of Programs, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYCNoWC)

8:00 pm Tragos Post-Conferencias

Brooks – 1890 (Across the street from CUNY Law)
2428 Jackson Ave
Long Island City NY 11101

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