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To: The General Coordinators, the management team of the Park Slope Food Coop

Park Slope Food Coop: Coop Values are Union Values

We are members of the Park Slope Food Coop and stand in solidarity with PSFC staff who are organizing to create positive change in their workplace and build a structure where all staff have equal rights and protections.

As member-owners of the Park Slope Food Coop (PSFC), we want the Coop to uphold its mission to be “a responsible and ethical employer.” We ask that management formalize a commitment to not interfere or involve themselves in the employee decision-making process on unionization by signing and adhering to the terms of a neutrality agreement. Neutrality agreements are one tool to help create a peaceful environment free from discrimination, retaliation, or bullying, for workers to deliberate and build unity together. The PSFC has the opportunity to be exemplary by ensuring that staff can have a supportive and equitable structure, created for and by them, as they work to help our Coop run every day.

Annabelle Heckler, Arsenia Reilly-Collins, HanaKyle Moranz, Nick Bedell, David Pratt, Haley Shaffer, Sarah Koshar, David Levin, Pam Galpern, Mischa Gaus, Penny Buentello, and Sonia Singh

Why is this important?

We’re excited that staff are exploring unionizing. The right to have, build, and support a union is an essential human right. Many other food cooperatives in the U.S. are unionized and, at their core, cooperative values are union values. Unions are an organizational tool that can help maintain accountability and serve as a vehicle for workplace democracy and social justice. Unionized workplaces are safer, more fair and transparent workplaces where it is possible to preserve and improve working conditions over many years, regardless of changes in administration and management.


Reasons for signing

  • I support the right of workers to unionize in general. The Food Coop is very important to me and I want to make sure that those who are working full-time to maintain the Food Coop so beautifully are able to have a real voice in their working conditions. Whatever issues they raise about the coop, once they are unionized, will almost certainly help to keep the Coop as a whole strong and healthy. Let's support their right to unionize!
  • the coop is essential to my health and quality of life as a parent living with multiple chronic illnesses. and it is the staff that keeps it all rolling. and they, like all workers, deserve a union rather than being forced to work at will/at the discretion of management.
  • We organized and voted for a union shop here in our food co-op in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and I want to support other co-ops to do the same. I think that unions in co-ops can make co-ops more cooperative!

Updates

2019-06-20 07:55:01 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2019-06-17 16:09:20 -0400

500 signatures reached

2019-06-16 10:53:24 -0400

100 signatures reached

2019-06-15 14:32:51 -0400

50 signatures reached

2019-06-14 16:54:26 -0400

25 signatures reached

2019-06-14 14:19:16 -0400

10 signatures reached