Helen speaks at a rally in support of worker cooperatives (February 25, 2015).

Job security and fair working conditions are high priorities for all New Yorkers. Helen works hard to fight for workers rights - she is a union supporter and strong advocate for fair working conditions, pay, and benefits. And, there’s always more we can do. Helen is already building on her successes from her first term. Worker cooperatives and human service contracts are at the top of her jobs agenda, and she works hard to ensure that all Upper West Siders are secure. Read more below!

Helen is taking the lead, here are some legislative highlights (details below):

  • Helen works for higher wages, better hours, and more job security.
  • Helen creates jobs by advocating for worker cooperatives.
  • Helen bids human service contracts to female and low-income businesses.

Helen’s goals for the next four years:

  • Provide additional funds for fair human service contracts.

 Helen Supports Worker Cooperatives

Company managers can earn more than 1,000 times the median pay of their employees. But there is another way to run a business: worker cooperatives give every employee an equal share of the business and an equal role in the business decision-making process. Helen has championed worker co-ops, which provide higher wages, better hours, and more job security to workers. City Council passed her legislation, Local Law 22 of 2015, which requires the City to report on the number of city contracts awarded to worker cooperatives and the number of worker cooperatives that received assistance from the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). Helen also advocated in support of the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative, which allocated $1.2 million to the development of worker cooperatives across the city in the FY15 budget. This initiative led to the creation of many new businesses and jobs in New York City.

Helen Bids Human Service Contracts Fairly

As chair of the Contracts Committee, Helen was alarmed that government systematically under-funds social service provider contracts. She has worked over the past two years to provide additional funds for the increased costs of overhead, maintenance, technology, and supplies to these contractors - funds that had not been increased for over 20 years. Over 80% of the people serviced by these contracts are women and low-income.


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