Worker owned cooperatives: An economic empowerment model for immigrant communities in Worcester, Massachusetts

Title: Worker owned cooperatives:  An economic empowerment model for immigrant communities in Worcester, Massachusetts

Author: Rivera, Jessica

Date: May 2014

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

This paper explores worker owned cooperatives as a model of sustainable job creation and economic development for immigrants living in Worcester, Massachusetts. Based on informal interviews and consultation with secondary data, the author examines the strengths and challenges of the worker owned cooperative and its workforce development model. After an analysis of Worcester’s current cooperative movement the study provides recommendations aimed at fostering a cooperative environment that will attract immigrants by increasing community awareness, strengthening local networking, and supporting growth and market expansion.

Keywords: immigrants, cooperatives, job creation.

Cataloged by: Selina Sikder/ B. J. Perkins

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