News at a Glance
by Nancy Ellegate
The HWFC Board of Directors met on Wednesday, February 27.
Additional Shopping Hours
The General Manager requested authorization to be able to open the store earlier and to offer a 2% discount to shoppers who shop before 10 am. The Board agreed. The purpose of this measure is to ease congestion in the store and the parking lot later in the day. The only cost will be an additional cashier and the amount of the discount. The General Manager will decide when these early shopping opportunities will be held. (NOTE: It was later decided not to offer the discount.-ED.)
A Board member requested a report on non-traditional work done for member hours. The General Manager has been doing a study of member labor and will present this material in the future.
A motion passed giving member work hours for the two-hour New Member Orientation for those new members who work their first shift within one month of this orientation.
In February, the General Manager, reset designer, department heads, and other staff members met with an independent facilitator to discuss the reset plans. Various aspects of the plan were discussed and it was decided more staff thought and input are needed. The department heads planned to hold additional planning meetings in February.
Employee Membership Requirement
Legal opinion has confirmed that the Coop can require that all employees be members. The Board voted to make this a requirement. The General Manager will implement this measure.
The General Manager asked the Board to revisit the concept of donating shares to charitable organizations, noting that this had benefits for the Coop. The Board had previously decided that shares should not be donated; rather, donations were to be in merchandise. A written proposal and statistics will be submitted at the next meeting.
The Coop won prizes at the American Lung Association Chili Cook-off held in Albany: first prize for Vegetarian Chili and second prize for Most Creative Chili (for a fruit and nut chili).
Human Resources Manager Kristen Schon appeared on Channel 10 News and on Fox News.
The Coop will be participating in the Cornell Safe Food, Safe Farm Conference.
Plans were made for the Annual Membership Meeting to be held on April 21.
The Board met in Executive Session an hour prior to the meeting to discuss the General Manager's evaluation.
Board meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, April 24 and Wednesday, May 29. Meetings begin at 7 pm and are held at 326 Ontario Street, Albany. It is recommended that anyone planning to attend confirm dates and locations.
Minutes of all Board meetings are available at the Coop. Minutes of the most recent meeting are posted on the bulletin board.