A Clean Break: Fuerza Laboral's Quest to Incubate a Cleaning Cooperative in Rhode Island
Abstract: The aim of this thesis is to examine the challenges and opportunities facing Fuerza Laboral, a Latino immigrant worker center, in its efforts to found a building cleaning worker cooperative in Rhode Island, so as to assist similar endeavors in future. The inquiry explores the crucial pre-launch phase by employing a case study approach with a centerpiece feasibility analysis for a potenti... read moreal building cleaning cooperative. In addition to a review of the relevant literature, the backstory and critical issues are examined through interviews with professionals concerned with the cleaning industry and with worker cooperatives in RI and elsewhere. Research and observation indicated that a worker center could assist low-income immigrants establish building cleaning cooperatives to the extent that it can overcome internal impediments as well as the challenging industry, regulatory, technical, and social conditions in RI. The thesis concludes with thoughts on ways that educational establishments might help further the process.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2017.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Penn Loh.
Committee: Penn Loh, and Ann Rappaport.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Entrepreneurship.read less