Los Angeles Co-p Lab Retreat
January 29 – February 1, 2015

During the spring of 2015, we collaborated with Kelly Orians, and Rica Garcia, students of Scott Cummings, UCLA Law Professor, and Victor Narro from the UCLA Labor Center.  Kelly and Rica created a legal memo titled, “Development of Worker-Owned Construction Cooperatives for Undocumented Workers and Workers with Conviction History” to contribute to the larger investigation of what it would take to build capacity for worker coops in Los Angeles.

This memo addresses how worker-owned construction cooperatives could improve the economic security of low-wage workers, particularly those who are undocumented and/or have been incarcerated.  They conducted a landscape analysis, legal research, financial considerations and analysis of structural entities.  They also developed recommendations for incubator entity structures inclusive of legal research, financial considerations and comparative analysis.