The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park promotes and supports the founding of cooperative businesses as part of our community development initiative. Our mission is to provide support and consultation services to worker-owner cooperatives based on principles of social justice, equality, and democracy.
We focus on helping to develop cooperatives that focus on fair wages, safe working conditions, and respect for the environment. Under the auspices of our Adult Employment Program, we have partnered with community members and incubated eight worker cooperatives and one collective since June 2006.
Our work has received recognition by Speaker Christine Quinn, the GEO Collective, and the United Nations 2012 Year of the Cooperatives. In 2012 with the assistance of NY City Council we began to train Community Based Organizations to develop a cooperative incubation program at their respective sites.
A successful Cooperative Developer would have:
A strong interest/background in worker-cooperative business development, community organizing, worker/immigrant rights and,
2-3 years experience with social group work including meeting facilitation and coordination, democratic decision-making and mediation. Groups will range from 10 to 60 people.
Ability to learn quickly and be interested in developing a variety of new skills; be able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines; have the ability to work both autonomously and in a team.
Willingness to engage with the cooperative members, the customers of the coops, and other individuals and organizations supporting the development of the cooperative businesses.
Experience interacting with the press as well as supporting cooperative members with public speaking engagements and networking.
Superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated experience of written and oral presentation skills.
The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy Seeks a Committed and Organized Conference Organizer
September 2014 - November 2015
The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD; east.usworker.coop) is an educational organization dedicated to promoting worker cooperatives and the cooperative economy. We aim to make the skills, information and networks necessary to run a successful cooperative business available as widely as possible through educational events such as our bi-annual conference. Founded in 1999, the 2014 conference will be our eighth conference.
We are seeking an individual or team of two to organize and implement the 2015 regional conference on worker cooperatives and workplace democracy. The conference will be held in June or July 2015 in Worcester, MA. The Conference Organizer will work closely with the Eastern Coordinating Council (ECC - the conference planning committee), and focused sub-committees of the ECC.
WAGES (Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security) incubates and supports green cooperatives. Our mission is to build worker-owned green businesses that create healthy, dignified jobs for low-income women. We launch cooperatives where women develop personal and professional skills, become leaders, and gain economic security.
WAGES has established five sustainable housecleaning cooperative businesses in the Bay Area that double or triple low-income Latina workers’ earnings while protecting the environment, and has provided technical assistance and coaching to numerous organizations across the country undertaking cooperative development. In 2013, WAGES will expand its model by establishing a sixth cooperative in a new industry, bringing the benefits of our triple bottom line social enterprise expertise to Latina women in a new market segment. As we begin the process of expansion, WAGES offers candidates an exciting opportunity to bring their talents, leadership and creativity to a unique effort advancing social justice, green jobs and women’s empowerment.
The work will focus primarily on supporting both technical and non-technical customers with their Domain, DNS, Web & Email Hosting Services. Secondary focus on administration of FreeBSD unix servers. Additional duties include participation in the development of a cooperatively owned business. Advancement based on your interest and skills in Unix system administration, web application development (ruby on rails), and/or business development. Location: Work from your own home 98% of the time (high speed internet connection required). If you live in Western Massachusetts we have a shared office space that is also available. You live in central TX, Massachusetts, So. Vermont, or So. New Hampshire.
Gaia Host Collective is a 7 year old worker-owned cooperative with owners in Southern Vermont, Austin, TX, and western Mass. We are committed to providing reliable Internet hosting services, while minimizing our environmental impact and maximizing our social benefit. Gaia Host offers Domain Registration, Managed web and e-mail Hosting for small to large traffic websites and friendly customer service for technical and non-technical customers. Our hosting server infrastructure is located primarily in two data center spaces in Somerville, MA and Bedford, NH. Currently 3 worker-owners, seeking a fourth.
The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD; east.usworker.coop) is an educational non-profit dedicated to promoting worker cooperatives and the cooperative economy. We aim to make the skills, information and networks necessary to run a successful cooperative business available as widely as possible through educational events such as our bi-annual conference. Founded in 1999, the 2013 conference will be our 7th conference.
We are seeking an individual, team of two, or group to plan, organize, and implement the 2013 regional conference on worker cooperatives and workplace democracy. The conference will be held toward the end of July 2013; we have yet to determine the location. The Conference Organizer will work closely with the Eastern Coordinating Council (ECC - the conference planning committee), and focused sub-committees of the ECC. If funding is available, the Conference Organizer and ECC may also choose to hire a secondary organizer in the Fall, with whom the Conference Organizer will work.
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Mandela Foods Cooperative grocery store is a catalyst for change that seeks to transform a neglected neighborhood into a dynamic, healthy and prosperous community for the benefit of residents, employees, commuters and local farmers. Currently operating a 2,200 sq. ft. grocery store and nutrition education center at Mandela Gateway, the cooperative seeks a General Manager to work with our team to take Mandela Foods to new heights. The right candidate will thrive on challenge and seek to grow with the organization as it expands.
The General Manager will be accountable for all aspects of store operations to increase and expand its net operations using cooperative business practices. GM responsibilities include retail hiring, training, coordinating marketing events and outreach for the store; merchandising, operations, staff development and management, customer service, store maintenance, safety, systems, profit & loss, inventory.
Minimum 1 year commitment (looking for long term members interested in ownership)
Interest in participating fully in a worker-owned cooperative
Ability to attend Collective Meetings on Monday afternoons
Ability to lift 50 pounds and stand for 8+ hours
Baking and/or food production experience
Excellent communication skills
Delivery Driver candidates must be 21+ years old, have a valid CA state driver’s license, and a clean driving record (driving is not required for all candidates)
Baking and/or customer service experience
Collective experience or familiarity with consensus process
Please state your preferred shifts in your cover letter. All workers train on the store shift and then learn new shifts. Priority is given to candidates able to work over-nights and weekends.
store: 6:30 am-2 pm, 1 pm-8:30 pm
prep: 9 am-5 pm, 2 pm-10pm
bake: 7 pm-3 am, 3 am-11am
office: 9-5ish twice a week
delivery: midnight to 7 am
We are looking to hire someone who is responsible, self-motivated, good at communicating, and fun to work with. Compensation is based on a shift-pay system with hourly wages. No health benefits currently offered, but we are working on it!If you are interested in joining the Nabolom community and feel you fit this description, please bring a resume and cover letter by the bakery as soon as possible.
The Friends of Old Puppy band plays at the Nabolom Bakery.
This is an exciting time for the Industry, and we are looking for outstanding self-motivated and self-directed individuals who are interested in our cooperative team business model. We are looking for individuals who take pride in the quality of their work, who take pride in their team, and who set customer service as a priority.
Valid Massachusetts Journeyman Electrician License in good standing
Stable Active Work History in the electrical trade
Residential and commercial experience with both services and distribution circuits
Safe Work History with preference given to applicants with OSHA Cert. and Construction Supervisor’s License
Must be safe and comfortable working on construction sites
Must be safe and comfortable working and carrying weight at heights (all types of roof, scaffold, and ladder work)
Valid driver’s license, must own reliable transportation, and be willing to travel to job sites throughout New England a few times a year (Mileage and Lodging Paid)
Must be able to manage supply stock and plan ahead
Must be sharp, focused, and detail-oriented, with a strong emphasis on quality craftsmanship and efficiency
Must be flexible with sound judgment to deal with adverse and unforeseen situations
An understanding of standard construction math and building science is preferred
Ability to understand multiple perspectives and work cooperatively with all types is essential
Benefits and Salary:
We offer a very appealing benefits package that includes the opportunity to take long term ownership in the cooperative. After an introductory period we offer:
Individual and Family Health Care Plans
401K plan with weekly contributions
A generous amount of Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
Other Avenues Food Store Cooperative opened in 1974 as a small neighborhood store, run and supported by community members dedicated to providing an alternative to corporate grocery stores. We are now a collectively-run, worker owned and managed natural foods cooperative. Throughout our thirty-seven year history, we have remained committed to organics, healthy food, sustainability, worker-ownership, and true community involvement.
Our worker-owners share in all work, including cashiering, bookkeeping, department management, maintenance, promotion, and all other aspects of running a medium-sized business.
Starting pay is $12.58 per hour. After passing a six-month probation period, pay increases to $13.08, with full medical, dental, and vision insurance commencing at three months. A $0.50/hour raise is granted every year thereafter upon satisfying job requirements. Worker-owners also become eligible for profit sharing after they have passed their 6-month evaluation. Ample paid time off is granted, equivalent to 3 1/2 weeks off per year.
As members of a cooperative, we are not just workers and partners, but are committed to mutual support of one another and other cooperatives, to quality natural foods, and to provide excellent service to the community. Members ideally have experience and interest in the following areas:
Natural Foods, Supplements, and Health
Groups that operate cooperatively by consensus
Work that is often physically demanding
A few words about the applicant probation period: The decision on membership is generally made after a six-month period, during which the applicant and Other Avenues decide on their mutual fit. Prospective members will be expected to function like worker-owners during their evaluation period. Upon becoming a worker-owner, the member contributes $300.00 as a buy-in to the co-op.
Positions range from 30 to 40 hours per week. All members must have enough time and flexibility in their schedules to work weekend days and occasional long hours.
Applications available in person at Other Avenues, 3930 Judah Street @44th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122. Phone: 415.661.7475. We are open 9-9 every day. Please include a resume with your application.
Our workplace is incorporated as a California Cooperative Corporation. We are looking for someone who is excited about being part of a worker-owned business. We are all over-qualified and underpaid, and we do what we do because we believe in the principles of worker ownership and love our workplace. We want someone who will be as invested as we are in making TechCollective a long-term success.