Member-Owner Guidelines

All Shareholders are invited to attend monthly Board meetings, the dates and times of which are announced by the Board via its Inside Scoop email newsletter, and posted in the store on the Board’s Bulletin Board. The “Board’s Board,” where you’ll also find meeting minutes and other Board- and member-related information, is located on the wall near the registers by the main exit of the store.

Orientations are held several times each month. Everyone who wishes to become a Member-Owner is required to attend an orientation before they are able to begin an assignment in the store. For times and dates of upcoming orientations, ask at the Service Desk, or call 518-482-2667 x 210 to sign up by phone.

In order to serve our Shareholders and patrons, Member-Owners must be competent and reliable, and assignments must be  tailored to the needs of the business. Fairness dictates that policies are written to ensure that the store can be properly run every day, and that value is received in exchange for the discount privilege. Remember that your time is not only valuable in exchange for your discount, but is also important to the sense of a cooperative community.

Monthly members in a single Member-Owner household are required to log 3 hours a month to receive an 8% discount. Households log three hours plus one additional hour for each additional adult. Therefore, a two-adult household needs four hours per month, a three-adult household needs five hours per month, etc. Monthly Member-Owners  are encouraged to establish a regular monthly shift in the same department; Members generally ejoy themselves more when doing a regular shift, as they form a team with others who are there at the same time.