Presentation: Collectivizing Alberta Co-op 1 29 12

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Presentation: Collectivizing Alberta Co-op

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  • Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012
  • Time: 7:00pm until 10:00pm
  • Location: Red and Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
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Purpose

The staff at Alberta Grocery Co-op are dumping the bosses off their backs!

At this event we'll be hearing about the intense fight within Alberta's board, co-op membership and paid staff over workplace democracy.

This fight included retaliatory firings, workplace censorship and even a manager who called the cops on a former worker for "trespassing".

To fight back members and workers formed Members for a Democratic Co-op and forced a vote by consumer members about whether the staff would be democratically self-managed or have a (dictatorial) general manager.

Several other bylaw change proposals, including ones that guarantee free speech in the work place and that limit wage disparity were proposed.

The workers won!

Every single change was passed. Now they're faced with transitioning to collective management from a temporary general manager, the second hired to run the store in the chaos created by the fight over the co-op's fate. So we'll be hearing about how that's going and what their plan is. This should be super interesting!

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