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Worker Cooperative Governance and Management Models for Small Organizations

A Presentation for VEOC
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Joe Rinehart

on 1 August 2014

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Transcript of Worker Cooperative Governance and Management Models for Small Organizations

Cooperative
Governance and Management for
Small Organizations

Arizmendi Bakeries
Cooperative Fundamentals
Maybeck
High School

Equal
Exchange

Cooperative Care
Common
Threads

Key
Differences

Next
Steps


Democratically member-owned
Own shares + distribute surplus

Democratically member-run
What Makes it a Worker Cooperative?
Cooperatives- are based on the values of:
self-help
self-responsibility
democracy
equality
equity
solidarity

In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of:
honesty
openness
social responsibility
caring for others.
Cooperative Values
A: The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.

Voluntary and Open Membership
Democratic Member Control
Member Economic Participation
Autonomy and Independence
Education, Training and Information
Co-operation among Co-operatives
Concern for Community
The Seven Cooperative Principles of the International Cooperative Alliance
Governance
Vision, Policy Board

Management

Strategy

Manager

Operations

Tasks

Members/workers
A closer look at “member-run”

Q: What’s the difference between a value and a principle?
all members
COMMITTEES
Empowered to make
operations

decisions

Make recommendations to the Board (all group) about policy and
management
Arizmendi Bakery
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meets monthly
Makes decisions about hiring, firing, governance, and
management
COLLECTIVE EVALUATION COMMITTEE
Vision, conflicts, issues
SITE & MAINTENANCE
COMMITTEE
Repairs, equipment
HIRING & EVALUATION COMMITTEE
Hiring, evaluation, discipline
FINANCE COMMITTEE
Bookkeeping, reporting, financial oversight
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
all members
PRODUCTION COMMITTEE
Work flow, recipes, standards
Arizmendi Management Committee
Equal Exchange Basics
HQ in West Bridgewater, MA
110 Worker Owners
Coffee and Fair Trade Products Importer
3 Offices and 3 Cafes
Hierarchical management and operations structure
"360 degree" peer review process
Structure participation into your daily job and into the larger governance of the cooperative
Board of Directors
Elected by members
6 worker owners
3 outsiders from industry and key partners
Empowered to make governance and policy decisions
Hires/fires/review Executive Officers
Office of the Executive Director
Leadership and Training
Worker Owner Cabinet
Elected body to speak to worker owner issues
Composed of Board members who facilitate educational activities for the cooperative
Coop Culture Committee
Composed of Board members who oversee the creation of a strong cooperative culture
Audit Committee
Board oversight of finances
Chief
Financial
Officer
Sales/
Customer
Service
Production/
Purchasing
Hiring Committee
Ad-hoc committee composed of position's supervisor, department member and one non-department member
Governance Details
Maybeck High School
Located in Berkeley, CA
120 students grades 9-12
12 students/class
25 staff
15 Full time teachers
5 Full time administrators
5 Part time teachers
Highly structured but very flat structure
Incorporated as a 501c3 with democratic governance
Ownership Details
All full time, permanent employees over 1 year seniority are owners
Ownership is confirmed by a vote of the General Meeting
Buy-in is $4000 subtracted from paychecks over 2 years
Board meets bi-monthly
General Meetings are held 4 times per year
Ownership-wide decisions are made by majority vote
General Meeting Composed
of All Staff
501c3 Board Composed of Steering Committee, 4 parents, 2 alumni
Board offers financial oversight and loose check on governance and vision for the school
Staff meetings are twice per week. Once to discuss concerns about students and once to discuss governance and management issues.
Common Threads
Committee involvement
Clear differentiation of powers between board, membership and management
High levels of participation and consultation in policy and major decisions (but not necessarily decision making)
Clear lines of authority for hiring, firing and personnel issues
Personnel Committee
Reviews personnel tri-annually and handles complaints and performance issues. Recommends termination to the general meeting
Educational Programs
Oversees academic affairs and certification
Rules Committee
Composed of 2 teachers and 2 students who oversee all student rules violations and decide on consequences (including suspension)
Finance
In charge of the financial health of the organization and includes the financial administrator as well as teachers
Administrators
Head Teacher, Financial, Academic Dean, Administrator. All most all teach at least one class
Academic Departments
English, History, Math, etc. Somewhat informal
Teachers
Management Details
All staff are directly responsible to the general meeting and to the personnel committee.
Administrators and teachers handle day to day operations
Administrators are empowered to handle day to day management decisions
Hiring and other occasional tasks are conducted by ad-hoc committees
Committees have limited decision making authority
Committee members hold fixed terms and roles rotate
Decision is by majority vote
Long term planning is limited
Steering Committee
Composed of Head Teacher, Financial Administrator, Academic Dean
Membership Details
All full time staff are members
All full time staff have an equal say in decisions after two year probationary period
Pay is based on seniority but is flat between roles
Staff are voted in by the membership after two years.
Staff are fired by a majority vote of the post-probationary membership
There is no buy-in due to 501c3 status
Small group outlines project
Determine the powers and role of the committees
Lay out the group’s process (when are meetings, what is to be decided, etc)
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Many Hats
Arizmendi Bakery Lakeshore
One of six Arizmendi Bakeries
27 Full time worker owners
Committee Management
Structuring member power & responsibility
Participation vs decision-making vs accountability
Who is and can be a member?
Board elected?
GM or no GM?
Is the GM a member?
Who Hires and Fires?
Key Points of Difference
Melissa Hoover, USFWC
Joe Rinehart, DAWN

FINANCE COORDINATOR
Bookkeeping
Payroll
ADMIN COORDINATOR
Office/Reception
Recruitment
TEAM LEADERS & CAREGIVER TEAMS
Client care
Scheduling
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Management
Contracts
Client Relations
R.N.
Training
Elect a board Participate in management Daily operations
Strengths and Weaknesses
Board of Directors
7 board members, all worker/owners
Elected by members
Personnel Committee
Marketing Committee
Financial Committee
Cooperative Care of Wisconsin
Home health care cooperative in rural Wisconsin
55 Workers, almost all members
Hierarchical management structure
Most business is derived from government contracts
Visual Design for Structure + Process
Make a structure chart (“Org Chart”)
Identify on it: participation, decision-making, accountability
Make a “Who decides what?” chart (similar to EE's GLASS chart) and compare it to your visual aid
Keep in Mind
What are you replacing?
Cultural considerations: autonomy, hierarchy, communication flow
Nature of the work: decentralized, in teams, desk vs. floor
Special operations management needs
How money flows through the business
Designate and/or elect transitions committees
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Presentation project outline to the group
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