Thursday, October 27, 2011

Worker-Ownership Just Became More Affordable !!

After some five years of campaigning, the Board of Weaver Street Market Co-operative finally decided to make it easier for ordinary workers in the co-op to become Worker-Owners.

The details, my friends, are on the third page of this week's Market Messenger. This is a victory for every ordinary worker in The Weave. We can now all of us afford to have a voice in our affairs, and to share in the rewards of our labor.

As the same MM attests, every single day, we workers are being asked to work harder and harder, to achieve a never-ending increase in sales, an increase which many of us do not understand, and few of us are able to question, or even discuss.

You now have an opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process at the highest level. And then to share in the benefits flowing from all those extra sales.

The only way to have a real voice in the co-op is by electing Worker Owner Directors to our Board who truly represent ordinary workers (our very own 99%).

At the moment, our two Worker Owner Directors are a Manager and a Corporate Office staff member (our very own 1%). The only way to have a vote in those elections is by being a Worker-Owner.

The only way to share in the rewards of all of our extra labor is to get a dividend. And you can only do that by being a Worker-Owner.

The very moment you start paying to be a Worker-Owner, you get the right to vote, and you start earning towards your end-of-year dividend. You do not have to wait until you are paid in full.

And. When you leave The Weave, you get back all of what you paid - with interest. You can not lose.

So, what are you waiting for? Become a Worker-Owner today. #OccupyWorkerOwnership!! Contact Brenda Camp Orbell, at

Give yourself a voice in decision-making. And get what you have earned from all of your hard work. Good luck to us all ... !!