The basic idea behind a worker-owned cooperative is that value created by labor flow back to the people doing the work. Each of our subsidiaries manages its own pay rates, but we believe that all work worth doing deserves a living wage, so we have a Basic Wage Rate of $15 per hour that applies across the cooperative.
After paying wages, taxes, and the other expenses of the cooperative, net income is allocated to the members based on patronage.
Members and non-member employees of the cooperative decide their own work schedules in coordination with clients and subsidiary Managers. Our cooperative offers you the support to take on any work that appeals to you, so it's usually possible to align a job within the cooperative with other employment, family obligations, or a busy social life. Our standard for full-time employment is 30 hours per week.
Anyone may take unpaid leave for family time, to volunteer, or whenever life calls. We're able to continue most benefits for up to two months during unpaid leave, and some can be continued for longer.
When you join the cooperative, you become a worker-owner with access to a range of benefits not open to non-owner employees.
Members regularly working at least 20 hours per week are covered at cooperative expense by a group dental plan administered by United Concordia.
This benefit is sponsored by the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Premiums are part of member compensation, subject to income tax but exempt from payroll taxes (FICA).
|Non-member employees are not eligible for this benefit.|
Most benefits are specifically for members of the cooperative, but the following benefits are also provided to non-member employees completing probationary periods with our subsidiaries:
After six months of full-time work, or the equivalent over a longer time, employees are considered for membership in the cooperative.