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Workplace Safety, OSHA, and Workers' Compensation September 4, 2017 - 8:12 am EDT

This page points to some basic Human Resources (HR) practices around workplace safety and workers comp. In addition, HR managers have an HR group on the present ( website.

For those co-ops that have not had an HR audit at all or not recently, the content and value of such a review are discussed in “Why a Human Resources Audit,” by Carolee Colter and Helena O’Connor, linked below under Related Content.

Workplace Safety, OSHA, and workers comp May 29, 2015 - 7:10 pm EDT

Workplace Safety, OSHA, and workers comp

This page will point to some basic Human Resources (HR) practices around workplace safety and workers comp.  In addition, HR managers have maintained an HR listserve, which will be transitioned to an HR group on the present ( website.

For those co-ops that have not had an HR audit at all or not recently, the content and value of such a review are discussed in an article, “Why a Human Resources Audit,” by Carolee Colter and Helena O’Connor; it is linked below under Related Content.

Workplace Conflict Policy October 29, 2018 - 12:01 am EDT

Find a workplace conflict policy, a conflict resolution request form, and advice about using the policy (FAQ) from the Human Resources team at CDS Consulting Co-op. You may need to customize this policy to the organizational structure of your co-op. 

Working with Community Supported Agriculture for the Benefit of All December 28, 2010 - 1:14 pm EST

Healthy food. Sharing expenses, risks, and profits. Active participation. Community involvement. All of these social ideals are shared by co-ops and CSAs.

Our food production system is for the most part industrialized to the point of absurdity. Most of us working in cooperatives realize this. But as a produce manager, I also realize how strong the desire for out of season produce is. Recently, when I ordered organic strawberries and blueberries from New Zealand several customers practically kissed me.

Working Together Toward Sustainable Business November 16, 2010 - 7:49 pm EST

Like many co-ops of the 1970s, the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, Washington, began as a small natural-foods store, idealism fueling its birth and early growth. The store outgrew its 900 square feet in 1981, outgrew its 5,000 square feet in 1994, currently occupies 17,000 square feet (10,000 in retail) in downtown Bellingham, and is planning on opening a second location within the next few years. Membership has grown apace; when we moved into the current location just over a decade ago, we had 3,000 members. Today, that number is 10,200.

Working Together for Our Mutual Benefit November 18, 2014 - 4:46 pm EST

Food co-ops are experts at doing things the hard way. We are grassroots organizations—it comes with the territory. People’s Food Co-op (PFC) in La Crosse, Wis., and the Rochester Good Food Co-op in Rochester, Minn., decided to take advantage of current resources by working together for our mutual benefit. We traded some old challenges for new ones along the way—but through the process we hope to gain additional insights about co-op development for others in our sector to consider.

Worker-Owned Businesses On the Rise May 17, 2016 - 11:34 am EDT

Worker-owned businesses such as co-ops and ESOPs are on the rise, in part because they address issues such as income disparity.

USA Today looks at this trend, noting that 350 worker-owned co-ops in the US employ 5000 people. They have posted double-digit growth since 2010, according to Amy Johnson, co-executive director of the US Federation of Worker Co-ops.

Worker Co-op Greenhouse Makes First Delivery of Fresh Lettuce August 2, 2018 - 3:42 am EDT

The first worker-owned cooperative commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts marked a milestone today as freshly harvested lettuce was delivered to local stores.

Four varieties of lettuce grown inside a greenhouse built on a once badly polluted piece of land in Springfield’s Indian Orchard neighborhood and harvested by people hoping to work their way out of poverty went on sale Tuesday morning at four Springfield-area Big Y stores.

Wondering where this post ends up May 5, 2015 - 4:46 pm EDT

Hi all, just testing out the site. Not sure if this will show up where I think it will ... thanks!


Women Leaders in Minnesota Co-ops November 12, 2018 - 7:34 am EST

Women lead the way in Minnesota food co-ops. Minnesota Women’s Press interviewed three general managers for their perspectives on women and co-op leadership.

What do you think people would be surprised to know about the management of a food co-op? "We may look like a bunch of grocers, but, really, we come to work every day with the intention of saving our world." Amy Fields, General Manager of Eastside Co-op

Wirth Food Co-op to Service Food Desert in North Minneapolis October 30, 2016 - 4:47 am EDT

Named after the Theodore Wirth Park, the Wirth Cooperative GroceryNorth Minneapolis’s first food co-operative, is under preparation for opening in 2016.The general idea of a food co-operative reflects a food distribution business model that allows its members to autonomously own and govern their business.

Wirth Co-op will not reopen February 8, 2019 - 6:54 am EST

After ten months of “temporary” closure, leaders close to Wirth Co-op have confirmed that the store will not reopen.

“The co-op has permanently closed,” said Pat Paulson, who has been a co-op board member since shortly before the store opened in Oct. 2017. According to Paulson, co-op staff had put together a plan in partnership with the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) to reopen after its temporary closure. In Nov. 2018, Devean George, the co-op’s landlord abruptly decided to break the lease.

Wintergreen Natural Foods February 17, 2015 - 4:16 pm EST
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Winning Customer Service December 25, 2010 - 10:36 am EST

Webster's Dictionary defines the word extinct as follows:

  1. Having died down; extinguished.
  2. No longer in existence.

We all know about things that are extinct: the Dodo bird, the Edsel, the dinosaur, and great customer service. But wait . . . great customer service isn't extinct, is it?

Winning By Cooperation November 1, 2018 - 8:11 am EDT

“Credit unions just may have a powerful weapon in their battle for market share – but a lot don’t fully appreciate it”, said Paul Stull, CEO of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico.

He elaborated – “Banks often have ready access to capital to fuel growth. Credit unions don’t.”  But, according to Stull, they have access to something just as good: “Credit unions have access to the power of the cooperative.  They can share ideas, technology, employees.  They can enjoy great value through cooperation.”