Unique new worker cooperative planned

Make the Road is in the planning stages of creating a workers’ cooperative that will focus on providing jobs, career support and training for transgender immigrant Latinas in Western Queens, many of which face a language barrier and discrimination in the job market.

“We did some research but I’m pretty sure that this cooperative will be the first trans Latina immigrant cooperative in the nation and definitely one of the first in New York City,” Puerto said. “This cooperative definitely will address the lack of employment opportunities, the termination of jobs, the discrimination in the workplace, the harassment in the workplace.”

The project is part of the NYC Cooperative Development program. In 2013, Make the Road New York received funding to create worker cooperatives such as this one.

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