We have a problem.

Submitted by Rebecca Tell

The board that served HWFC when we woke up in the morning on November 30 does not appear to be making an appropriate adjustment to the events that occurred later that day.  Two major indications of this:

  1.  They allowed the planned DOL meeting to go forward without any input from the new board members, while members were clearly calling on them not to allow it, and while refusing to disclose to anyone when the meeting actually was.  It happened on Wednesday, December 2.  We can expect a report back from Ursula Abrams about what happened there in the near future.
  2. They have informed the new board members that their terms will not take effect until December 15, at the next board meeting.  The law does not support this position – according to attorney Saul Rigberg, the law that governs when the bylaws are silent (as they are on this) states that the term of a board member begins as soon as election results are certified.  The new board members have asked the GRC to weigh in on this.

What is the “old board” hoping to accomplish before December 15?  Can they tie our hands with respect to member labor before then?  I don’t know, but I’m worried.  They need to hear from members, staff, and shareholders in force.  Trying to make an end run around our democratic process is not in the best interest of the coop’s future by any measure.

What do you think we should do about this?

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17 thoughts on “We have a problem.

  1. We now have two attorneys on our board representing not only the coop as a whole but member owners as well. It was irresponsible to not have them present at a meeting with DOL, especially since the attorneys who wrote the damaging DOL letter do not have the best interests of the members in mind.

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      1. Read the Board’s email communication posted today. In my opinion, as a result of their meeting, Member Labor cannot continue as it is currently designed going forward. It cannot replace paid workers nor can there be management and oversight over Member workers. The Coop Membership is tasked with creating a closed Coop such as Park Slope to serve the needs of Member workers who wish to continue contributing their time as Member-Owners. Jules

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  2. Read the Board’s email communication posted today. In my opinion, as a result of their meeting, Member Labor cannot continue as it is currently designed going forward. It cannot replace paid workers nor can there be management and oversight over Member workers. The Coop Membership is tasked with creating a closed Coop such as Park Slope to serve the needs of Member workers who wish to continue contributing their time as Member-Owners. Jules

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    1. Colleen Putnam

      Thank you! Hadn’t seen it, yet. I actually locked myself out of my house this morning! Given your synopsis – it sounds like there’s a lot of work (lobbying) to do! That’s
      what I’m up for.

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