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Step Two: Taking Control of Our Labor

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Build A Cooperative Economy That empowers Us all

The Village Cooperative works with our membership to address the needs and concerns of our local community, ultimately building shared ownership and collaboration for our people by ensuring local food distribution for communities.

Our first cooperative is focused on the distribution and production of food. We see this as the fundamental building block towards a system that can stand on its own without relying on the current wage system in which we find ourselves entangled. With food coops in full swing, we seek to empower career paths and benefits through working in collaboration with our peers, instead of working for a paycheck for a nameless corporation. Instead we will use the cooperative model to build a modern village that ensures wealth stays within our communities.

7 Cooperative Principles
  1. Voluntary and Open Membership

  2. Democratic Member Control

  3. Member Economic Participation

  4. Autonomy

  5. Education and Training of Members and the Public

  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives

  7. Concern for Community

What is a Coop?

Cooperatives offer a community-centered, collectively owned, and democratically governed organization. With our focus on food production we will emphasize a strong support for natural and organic foods, environmental sustainability, local economies, and family farms. We will start with educating people on local food production and sell our produce to employ members and provide an economic base for the creation of future cooperatives like, Carpentry, Artist, Cooking, and many more!

 

To establish an equitable accumulation of wealth for our communities we have an inclusive two member system that will ensure involvement in every level of the cooperative.

  1. Worker-member, is defined as an individual, working dues-paying member participant of the organization entitled to all of the rights
    and responsibilities as defined by these bylaws.

  2. Supporter-member is defined as an individual due-paying member residing in Salt Lake County that receives goods and services
    from the Village Cooperative.

Our members will have voting rights to effectively guide the Village Cooperative in serving our local communities.