Last year, the City held a study session on worker cooperatives. The idea started with Kirk Vartan, the founding owner of A Slice of New York (ASONY), who approached Mayor Lisa Gillmor. ASONY became a worker cooperative recently.
Now the City will help other small businesses do the same if the owners and employees have an interest.
“Small, locally owned businesses are essential to Santa Clara’s economy and community vitality,” said Santa Clara Mayor, Lisa M. Gillmor. “Now, more than ever, solutions are needed that create economic resiliency for workers and local economies.”
Project Equity and the Democracy at Work Institute will run the effort.