R.I.’s first worker cooperative is hailed

Read at the Providence Journal:

The first worker cooperative incorporated under new state legislation was recognized in a ceremony at City Hall Thursday afternoon. “I am an owner and a worker,” said Daisy Salvador, an immigrant from Honduras and one of the founding members of the Healthy Planet Cleaning Cooperative, in Spanish. “As an owner of a cooperative, I am excited to have the opportunity to build a better life for myself and my family.” The worker cooperative — consisting of five members, all from Spanish-speaking countries — focuses on providing cleaning services in an environmentally sensitive way. It is the first under a law signed last year that provides the framework for workers to create cooperatives where they function as both labor and ownership.