Member-Owner Labor Guidelines

Because we believe working together nourishes the cooperative spirit, it is the policy of the Co-op to promote member-owner labor.

New member-owner orientations are held several times each month. For times and dates ask at the customer service desk (or call them at 482-2667, extension109, to sign up by phone).

In order to serve our members and patrons, member-owner labor must be competent and reliable, as well as tailored to the needs of the business. Fairness dictates that policies be written to ensure that the store can be properly staffed every day, and that value is received in exchange for the discount privilege. Remember that your work time is not only for the exchange of a discount but is also important to the sense of a co-operative community.

Monthly workers in a single member-owner household are required to work 3 hours a month to receive an 8% discount. Households work three hours plus one additional hour for each additional adult. Therefore, a two adult household needs to work four hours, a three adult household needs to work five hours per month, etc. Monthly member-owner workers are encouraged to establish a regular monthly shift in the same department. This produces better management and quality performance for the members and the Co-op. Members generally find their work time more enjoyable when they work a regular monthly shift as they form an informal team with the others working that shift.

Weekly workers in a single member-owner household are required to work 3 hours per week for a 24% discount. Weekly households are required to work 3 hours plus one additional hour for each adult household member-owner. Therefore, a two adult household needs to work four hours, a three adult household needs to work five hours per week, etc. All applicants for weekly slots require Department Head/Floor Manager approval. Weekly workers are expected to work a regular, committed time slot or otherwise agreed to slot by the Department Head/Floor Manager.