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Striving Toward Workplace Democracy


November 30, 2018

After a vote of owners, staff are now eligible to serve on the Board of Directors! This is an important step toward workplace democracy as Common Ground strives to be a model for the community.

Staff are really excited about the opportunity for greater participation in the co-op. Read what some of them have to say about what the opportunity to have staff on the board means to them:

MJ, The Co-op Composter

November 30, 2018

by Sarah Buckman

This newsletter, we’d like to honor the dedicated work of our dear Co-op owner and longtime Co-op composter, MJ Walker. We are so grateful for all of the efforts she has made for improving the Co-op’s environmental footprint and we wanted to share a little more about why she is so special to the Co-op.

From Your Board: November 2018

Please join us in welcoming new board directors Yusuf Hermes (2018-2021), Kathleen Moreno (2018-2021), and Evelyne Tardy (2018-2019) to Common Ground's Board of Directors. Returning board director Charles Delman was also elected to a new three-year term (2018-2021). Other returning board directors are Karen Carney, Magdalena Casper-Shipp, Margaret Johnstone, Marissa Stewart, and Julie Zilles. The newest board directors met October 1 for their Board of Directors Orientation and participated in their first Board meeting on Monday, October 8.

From the GM: November 2018

Hello My Friends!

Many of the changes that I explained at the MOO will be in place by the end of the day on Friday, November 2nd. While we know that this may cause some temporary confusion, we are pleased that we will be able offer a wider variety of many products! There's an image attached to help you figure out what's moved where.

+ The grab and go drinks will now be located at the registers with many new offerings. The specialty and local cheese will be moved to the current location of the drinks and will be greatly expanded.

From Your Board: October 2018 - Election results

This year's annual Meeting of Owners took place on Friday, September 21st, 6:00-8:00 pm in Common Ground’s “backyard” in Lincoln Square Mall. It was an evening of good food and conversation, with approximately 70 Co-op owners, staff and producers in attendance. Participants enjoyed a variety of delicious snacks from the store, including house-made cookies, brownies, and hummus, and sipped local cider and tasted wine from the Co-Op’s wine selection. The business portion of the meeting included updates from the Board and from General Manager Gary Taylor.

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