Monthly Archives: November 2016

Workplace Conflict Policy FAQ

By |2019-08-15T23:52:02-04:00November 18th, 2016|

By Carolee Colter, Columinate & Heather Wright, Esq, WrightJones PLC   Columinate is recommending replacing the old Cooperative Model Grievance Procedure from 2009 with this new Workplace Conflict Policy. Why do you recommend changing the policy now? The old policy fit the needs of co-ops for many years. In the last year or two, however, there have been changes in labor law that have [...]

New North Willy Street Co-op Serves Needs and Values

By |2021-12-06T19:19:11-05:00November 14th, 2016|

Willy Street Co-op Madison, Wisc. Year founded:  1974 Equity investment:  $56 single/$91 household + $2 service fee Number of members:  34,000 Number of employees:  420 Number of locations:  3 retails, commissary kitchen, central office Every day food co-ops must make decisions within the context of one of the most intractable dilemmas of the grocery industry.  How does the co-op reconcile customer desire for lower [...]

Including Members in the Ends Dialogues

By |2020-01-27T20:12:04-05:00November 2nd, 2016|

How is your board spending its time? It’s easy to get caught up in the delegation and accountability portion of a board’s job.  Yet there’s a whole other side to the work that is equally important, and the ultimate endeavor of the board: spending time thinking about the co-op’s desired outcomes, members and member needs. A board is accountable for results produced, but ends [...]

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