As members of United Handymen, we are at once workers and owners. Tired of abusive treatment and poor pay, we learned of the growing movement of worker cooperatives in which workers are valued for their skills and respected for their ideas.
We came together with a dream of owning our own home improvement business, and with assistance from the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, we launched the United Handymen cooperative in October 2015.
Now our dream is a reality. We are licensed as Home Improvement Contractors with the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs and we can perform repair services directly for our customers. We are proud to be a part of this cooperative because we recognize the sacrifices we have made to be here. We aim to better ourselves as we grow, strengthen and share the knowledge and skills of each one of our members. We are all owners, and we are here to support one another.
- Continuous improvement
Manuel “We learn from each other and we feel the support of all our colleagues.”
Claudio “I like to be part of the cooperative, because I like to do new things. ”
Noe “I like to be a part of the cooperative, because it is an innovative model.”
José Expert in painting. “We are breaking the structure of a traditional job. Because we are representatives of our own business, we feel valued. “
Daniel “I identify with the work and I love what I do. I like being part of the coop because we can learn more together, work in a group, and achieve personal growth as well.”
Ignacio “I am a worker and an owner of my business.”
What is a worker cooperative?
Worker cooperatives are businesses that are owned and controlled by the workers. Worker cooperatives believe in democracy, equality and justice. Our worker cooperative strives to create a safe and just environment for all our members, a place where we can grow personally and professionally while doing work that we love. Because every handyman is an owner of our cooperative business, we are committed to providing high quality services to all our clients.