We believe development should be created in response to demonstrated need, community advocacy, and organizing rather than something driven by the economy. Our initiatives are revolutionizing the movement to put the power in the hands of working people.

Worker Cooperative Law Project

CED students and alumni helped form the NYC Worker Cooperative Coalitions, of which the clinic remains an active and essential member. The Clinic team has secured $3.3 million to date from the NYC Council to fund worker-owned cooperative expansion and create a system to support this growth.

A recent partnership with Mondragon USA, the largest worker cooperative in the world, has enabled the Clinic to leverage its substantive expertise in both cooperative and labor law to help develop the legal framework for a new model of unionized worker cooperatives called “union coops” recently launched by Mondragon, the United Steelworkers union (USW), and the Ohio Employment Ownership Center (OEOC).