Create public procurement incentives for worker cooperatives

Recognizing the numerous social and economic benefits of worker cooperatives, cities must preferentially do business with local worker cooperative businesses.  Preferential contracting and procurement policies give worker cooperatives access to large and stable markets for their goods and services, and enables cities to be responsible consumers, creating positive local economic activity simply by procuring necessary goods and services.  Worker cooperatives should be awarded contracts on the basis of net economic impact and best value as opposed to lowest bidder, recognizing that worker cooperatives contribute to greater ownership and greater wealth building, reducing economic exploitation.

Require cities to create a preferential procurement certification for worker cooperatives which lasts for five years.

Require cities to create bid discounts for worker cooperatives, allowing their original bid amount to be discounted by a certain percentage for the purpose of evaluating and determining the lowest responsible bid.

Include preference points or weight percentages for worker cooperatives in the scoring matrix used to evaluate proposals in response to RFPs.

Reward prime contractors that utilize worker cooperatives as subcontractors and vendors for a percentage of the awarded contract.