"Through our Cooperatives Program, the Workplace Project helped launch UNITY Housecleaners, Long Island’s first domestic workers’ housecleaning cooperative. To become a member, workers must complete a four-week course covering the essential components of running a successful cooperative and a training class on housecleaning skills. Providing a full range of housecleaning services, UNITY members earn between $15 and $16 per hour for worked gained through the cooperative. Ten percent of the money earned by each member is contributed back to the cooperative to help cover operating expenses and build a self sustainable organization."
"The efforts of the Workplace Project have resulted in both local and state legislation to protect all workers, not just immigrants. Members of UNITY, a domestic housecleaning cooperative became strong supporters of legislation and worked to get a law passed in Nassau County. This legislation requires that employment agencies give domestic workers contract forms and notices of their rights, like facts about the minimum wage, overtime regulations and Social Security. Not satisfied with their local recognition, The Workplace Project pressed on for a statewide law. On August 31, 2010 Governor David Paterson signed the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights This law will provide the same rights to domestic workers as are provided to other workers in New York State. The bill became law on November 29, 2010."