Workers rising: The push for city-supported worker coops is taking hold in these Bay Area cities

By Erin Baldassari of East Bay Times

[The Sustainable Economies Law Center was featured in the East Bay Times yesterday for its policy advocacy efforts in Berkeley following the Berkeley City Council's historic vote on June 26, 2019, to commit $100,000 towards worker cooperative programs and services. Read more about the important role worker cooperatives play in creating local job opportunities and the Law Center's contributions to Bay Area worker cooperative policy advocacy efforts.]

When Rendell “Ren” Boguiren got a job in college at a South Bay pizzeria, he wasn’t expecting it would become a career. Now, as a part-owner in the business, he can’t imagine leaving.

It was a transition made possible because co-founders Kirk Vartan and his wife, Marguerite Lee, made a decision in 2015 to sell the business they started, A Slice of New York, to their employees. Both continue to retain part ownership, along with 14 other worker-owners.

“I take a lot of pride in being an owner,” Borguiren said. “It’s something I never would have expected.”

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(Originally published June 30, 2019.)

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