Letter from the Board

December 14th 2016 On December 9th, eligible PFC staff voted in favor of a union. The PFC Board of Directors and Management welcome the union as a new partner in our workplace. We look forward to working together to continue making the Co-Op the best it can be for member-owners, staff, and the community at large. Following the election, all parties will move on to the next phase of implementation, which will involve negotiating a union contract and defining the bargaining unit. We understand that in the midst of an election campaign things can get heated. Now that the election is over we hope that we can work to build an environment of greater trust. Towards this goal, the PFC Board would like to clear the air. We would like to clarify at least two general concerns for our member-owners, the staff, and the community. 1. At no time were any activities undertaken nor discussions conducted by the Board, the General Manager, the Human Resources Manager, or other managers, to prevent or interfere with the union. In order to promote a fair and democratic outcome we have remained neutral at all times in all ways. 2. Several claims were made about actions by our General Manager Lesley Perkins. Due to privacy concerns, management action on personnel issues often goes unseen by the staff. Please know that People’s Food Co-op strives to be a model workplace (http://peoplesfood.coop/ about/policies/#Ends% 20Policies) and operates at all times to meet the intent and purpose of labor law. Our Board works diligently to ensure that management acts both to protect the Co-op from liability as...

A PFC Sonnet from the Sonnet Bomber

We were recently gifted a beautiful sonnet from the Sonnet Bomber. We are so grateful for the kind, impactful words. We hope you enjoy! No. 25 People’s Food Co-op A store that’s of the people, by the people For the people framed, designed, and run And founded on the premise that we’re equal And should have equal share in what is done; A store that uses ethics to consider The goods and wares it places on the shelves And trades with local farmers and providers To profit others as they do themselves; A store where those who serve have equal standing, Where those who buy do not presume to rule, Where we interact as partners, understanding That mutual respect is common fuel- We keep our ideals strong here, you and me; Maintaining a benign democracy. With love and gratitude, The Sonnet Bomber Visit The Sonnet Bomber on Facebook:...

November 2016 Board Matters News and updates from your PFC Board of Directors

The People’s Food Co-op Board has been working with cooperative consulting firm, CDS Consulting Co-Op. This firm specializes in food cooperatives, such as ours. Their expertise has helped us to clarify our policies, to work better as a team and to envision our future. Our assigned consultant, Jade Barker, returned to Ann Arbor to design our mid-October retreat. Barker led us through a very productive agenda, which included presentations on how to formulate a vision and how the Board can incorporate that vision into policy. After discussing the obstacles that PFC is facing, we are motivated to tackle and resolve the issues that we have identified. In the past few months, the store has transitioned to using compostable containers for PFC packaged food and café items. These containers are acceptable to be composted in the city’s compost bins but they are not ideal for composting in your own home composting system, as you may not generate enough heat in a small bin to decompose them in the short run. As a bonus, every case of containers purchased from the supplier, 20 Liters (www.20Liters.org), one month of clean water is donated to a village in Rwanda. PFC spends a good deal of resources on credit card transaction fees. We’d like to cut the cost of these fees but need the assistance of our members. Consider this: “If you owned a business, and had two ways of conducting a financial transaction, one way which cost 2% of every transaction and the other way without any fees, wouldn’t you prefer to make those financial transactions in a way without a fee? “...

IMPORTANT NEWS!

Co-op UpDate Newsletter Download Here Co-op Myths We love our members, but you don’t have to be one to shop at the Co-op. Come on over and grab a fair trade iced coffee or a farm fresh salad today–we’re judgement free and everyone is welcome! Please share! It’s a CO-OP EXCLUSIVE and you can only Purchase RIOJANA WINE from us here in Ann...

Everyday Savings with Co-op Basics

Looking to stretch your grocery budget? So are we! That’s why we’re pleased to introduce our new Co+op Basics program. Co+op Basics offers everyday low prices on many popular grocery and household items. From milk to cereal, you’ll find new low prices on some old favorites and on some delicious new additions. Don’t worry, we aren’t paying our farmers or employees any less. We’re simply committed to improving our selection and standing by our mission to bring healthy affordable options to our customers. Look for the Co-op Basic logo through out our store and save!...

Documenting The History of PFC

          Where you a founding member of the Co-op in 1971? How many generations of your family have shopped here? Do you remember all the different locations of the Co-op?    Or do you have a favorite piece of PFC Swag that you just refuse to part with? As our 45th anniversary approaches we want to capture the long journey of our beloved Co-op. We are looking for your favorite parts of People’s Food Co-op history to compile into a BOOK. Now is the time to document any information, memories, anecdotes, photos, and artifacts (to be photographed) that you would like to contribute. This information can be sent in via email or delivered to us over the next two months. Please email information to:  PFCBook@peoplesfood.coop. Or drop your memories off in store with one of our Managers on Duty, with attention to PFC Book Or send by snail mail to: 216 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Or Stop by our table at the Co-op Appreciation Open House on October...