April 27 GM Reminder and Other PSFC News

April 25, 2021

Hello Coop Member,

The Coop’s next General Meeting (GM) is on Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Come to hear the Coop’s financial report, General Coordinator reports, and make your voice heard in the Coop’s democratic governance system. There are two voting items on the April agenda.

Register to Attend the GM and VOTE

  • To participate in and vote at the April GM, you must register by 5:00 pm on Tue., April 27: https://foodcoop.com/gmsignup/
  • Members who pre-register, and are eligible to attend, will receive a Zoom invite and GM materials via email on April 27 after 5:00 pm.
  • Get prepared for the GM by reading the meeting agenda here: https://foodcoop.com/gmagenda/
  • No work credit is given for your virtual participation.

Financial Report

The Coop’s 8-week financial statement will be presented during the Treasurer’s report at the April GM. Time is allowed for questions from members. Follow this link to preview the financial statement prior to the meeting.

Increase in the Number of Shoppers Allowed in the Coop

Starting on Tuesday, April 27, the Coop will increase the number of member shoppers in the store at any one time from 45 to 48. The produce aisle capacity will increase to 16 people. All other aisle caps remain at 6 people per aisle. Please be mindful of these caps and maintain social distance, to the best of your ability, as you shop.

The increase shortens the wait time for members outside on-line and helps to improve the Coop’s bottom line while still keeping the total capacity of the Coop’s shopping floor below the New York State guidelines. Each time we’ve increased our capacity we’ve done it slowly enough to be able to monitor the effects, particularly related to staff and member safety. If you have any feedback about this increase or the shopping experience at the Coop, please speak to any General Coordinator.

Preparing for the Return of Member Labor in July

As the Coop prepares for the return of the member-labor work requirement in July, we are concentrating our efforts on a lot of administrative work to understand the size of the Coop membership. Because member-labor will again be central to the operation of the Coop, we want to have as clear of an idea as possible how many members are available and ready to work in July. We are asking Coop members who know that they will not be available to resume working a shift to notify the Coop now. Your notification will help us a lot in our planning.

  1. Temporary or permanent leave from the Coop: For members who will be out of town in the summer or are planning a move, for example, we are asking that you take a leave from the Coop. If you know now that you will not be around on or after July 12, let us know! By taking a leave, you will help us have a more accurate understanding of the size of the Coop membership available to work.
    For more information, follow this link https://foodcoop.com/leave/
  2. Temporary COVID work exemption: For our Coop members who are at high risk for severe complications from COVID and will not be ready to return to a work shift, the Coop has made available a special COVID work exemption. This temporary exemption will allow Coop members to continue to shop at the Coop without having to fulfill the work requirement before August 31. To learn more about this exemption and to apply, please use the Virtual Office feature in https://foodcoop.com/services
  3. Joining a Work-exempt Committee: Members who want to apply for one of the Coop’s regular work exempt committees — disability (permanent or temporary), parental, elder, or bereavement leave — will need to go to the second-floor service desk for assistance. The service desk is staffed from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm daily. We are hopeful that in the next few weeks you will be able to apply for work exemption via Member Services.

Get to Know Your Board of Director Candidates

The five candidates for the Coop’s Board of Directors spoke at the March GM and answered questions from the audience. A report of the March GM plus the candidates’ statements are available in the recently published Linewaiters’ Gazette. Follow this link to learn more about the candidates before the voting begins in May: April 27 LWG

We look forward to seeing many of you at the GM on April 27. Your participation in our governance process is important to our member-labor participatory model. The GM is where you get to discuss and vote on important proposals and also to hear directly from the General Coordinator team about the finances and operations of your Coop.

In Cooperation,

Ann Herpel, General Coordinator

On behalf of the General Coordinator Team