Thursday, 01 November 2012 14:29
Voting has ended. The Patronage Dividend measure failed to pass. The Collegetown Crossing store measure passed.
It would be a very strange thing if Six Nations ... should be capable of forming a Scheme for such an Union and be able to execute it in such a manner, as that it has subsisted Ages, and appears indissoluble, and yet a like Union should be impracticable for ten or a dozen English colonies.
— Benjamin Franklin, 1751
By Joe Romano,
This month, GreenStar members are being asked to vote on important issues: whether or not we expand our mission to a Collegetown location, and whether or not to adopt a Patronage Dividend system as the method through which we financially participate in our co-op.
At the same time, there are national and local elections, the most obvious being the race for the presidency, but also local elections to choose representatives and officials and to decide on local referendums and propositions.
This is a great privilege and a great responsibility, because as active participants in these decisions, we hold in our hands our fate, the fate of our co-op, and even the fate of our nation. This has not been the case in most places and at most times in history. It isn't true in many nations today. And it isn't true at any other stores you shop at, except of course for other co-ops. But how did everything get so participatory? Where did Americans come up with the idea of democracy? The answer is beneath your feet. The first participatory democracy in America sprung up in the very place we inhabit today.
Friday, 21 September 2012 14:07
As GreenStar member-owners we will soon vote yes or no on a proposal to change our financial relationship with the Co-op.
This proposal would introduce a patronage dividend system to replace the 2% discount that every member receives at the register. The aim of the proposal is to help the co-op increase equity to support expansion projects.
Want to know more? Read the Proposal
Patronage Dividend – Preparing GreenStar for a Strong
and Exciting Future
By Alexis Alexander,
What an exciting time for GreenStar! We're an extremely successful natural foods cooperative with an outstanding reputation in our local community and beyond. Our success is directly attributable to all of us, the dedicated member-owners supporting GreenStar through our capital contributions, patronage and commitment.
Why I Don't Support
By Dan Hoffman,
NOTE: This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of other members of the Council.
Four years ago, GreenStar's Council asked members to approve Bylaws amendments that would have replaced the 2% discount all members receive at the register with a "patronage dividend" system. The proposal didn't receive the required two-thirds approval, so it failed. I opposed this proposal in 2008, and remain unconvinced that it's the right approach for GreenStar, now.
By Joe Marraffino, Finance Manager
If the cooperative is healthy and growing, why does it need more equity?
GreenStar has experienced significant growth in the past several years. We measure that growth in several ways, but one telling way is sales per square foot. Essentially this is the speed at which we have to restock the shelves (from a worker's perspective), or the number of people elbowing in to reach adjacent jars simultaneously (from a shopper's perspective).
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 14:35
Anngel Delaney, Grocery Manager
How long have you been in this position?
Two and a half months.
What does your job entail?
Wrangling all of the refrigerated, frozen, and dry grocery products in the store.
What did you do prior to your present job?
I was a manager at the (in)famous Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn.
What attracted you to this particular job?
My partner and I wanted to move out of the city to more verdant surroundings and GreenStar is a great co-op with a long history of providing good food to Ithacans.
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