This started out as a comment on another post, but the conversation is worth making more visible. The initial comment is from shareholder Susan Mattice:
I am a non-working member-owner of HWFC. I joined in 1986, paid for my share immediately, and was a working member for many years. I am writing to say that nobody should assume that non-working members’ interests are in conflict with those of working members. “Divide and conquer” is not a good strategy. I support the member-worker program and will continue to do so. Frankly, my 2% discount does not make shopping at HWFC a bargain for me; on the contrary. I shop at HWFC because I believe in member-owned organizations, and because I believe it’s a good thing to have members who choose to work for larger discounts. I feel I should have voting rights as a member-owner, and I do not like being characterized as someone who would undermine the member-labor program simply because I no longer am a participant in it. I am still an interested party, though now rendered powerless in any decision-making. If working members want the support of non-working members, you have to give us the right to vote.
The conversation that followed is in the comments to this current post, and is well worth your time!