Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation

 La F?d?ration canadienne des coop?ratives de travail

June 2012 Newsletterwww.canadianworker.coop
Vol 3, Issue  6                                                                       
                                                                                                         

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Executive Director's Report / Rapport de la Directrice G?n?rale

(Le fran?ais suit) In this month's report from the Executive Director there are some very exciting stories about the growing co-operative movement. Several news items are discussed, such as the US Federation of Worker Co-ops meeting in Boston, the formation of the Special Committee on Co-operatives in Parliament, and the CICOPA-North America conference. All in all, there are many great stories developing, so have a look at the report!

 

Le rapport de la Directrice G?n?rale du mois de juin est une mine de bonnes nouvelles pour notre mouvement coop?ratif en pleine expansion. Parmi les nombreux sujets trait?s, on peut citer la r?union des coop?ratives de travail am?ricaines, la cr?ation d'un comit? sp?cial pour examiner le r?le des coop?ratives au Canada, et le congr?s CICOPA-Am?rique du Nord. Pour tout savoir, consultez le rapport ici.

CWCF Conference Programme / Programme du congr?s de la FCCT

(Le fran?ais suit.) This week the CWCF unveiled its programme for the November conference to be held near Hamilton. There are four days of events scheduled, including the AGM, workshops, film viewings, networking, and discussion groups. To view the schedule, please follow this link to the CWCF website.

 

Cette semaine, la FCCT a d?voil? le programme de son congr?s qui se tiendra en novembre prochain non loin d'Hamilton. Toutes sortes d'activit?s sont pr?vues, notamment l'AGA, des ateliers, des visionnages de films, du r?seautage et des discussions en groupe. Pour acc?der au programme, suivez ce lien vers le site de la FCCT

 

Check us out on Twitter and Facebook / Suivez-nous sur Facebook et Twitter
(Le fran?ais suit) The CWCF is on both Twitter and Facebook. You can follow or like us to keep up to date and to engage us in matters that are important to you, your co-op, and your community. We invite you to link up with us not only so that you can find out what we're doing, but so that you have a platform to also share your news and events with a growing network of Canadian worker co-operatives. Our Twitter account is @workercoop and our Facebook page is Canadian Worker Co-op Federation.
 
 

La FCCT est sur Twitter et Facebook. Vous pouvez nous suivre ou "aimer" notre activit?, et ainsi vous tenir au courant et nous impliquer dans des questions qui comptent pour vous, votre coop?rative et votre communaut?. Nous vous invitons ? nous rejoindre, non seulement pour d?couvrir ce que nous faisons, mais aussi pour acc?der ? une plateforme ? partir de laquelle vous pourrez partager vos nouvelles et ?v?nements avec le r?seau de plus en plus dense des coop?ratives de travail canadiennes. Notre compte twitter est @workercoop et notre page Facebook est "Canadian Worker Co-op Federation".

 

 

Awards - Including opportunity to win free CWCF Conference registration
logo 150Just a reminder that the Worker Co-op 'Best Practices Award' will be given out at this year's Conference. The Best Practices Award will enable sharing of innovative practices with other worker co-operatives in Canada to help strengthen the movement. It will also recognize worker co-operative excellence. There is a lot of great work being done, so let's celebrate it! Best Practices can be in the areas of governance, marketing, quality assurance, cost control, the triple bottom line, community impact, workplace atmosphere and more. However the priority this year is for best practices in the area of financial/ business sustainability and/or excellence in integrating/ developing new members.
 
A second award, the Worker Co-op Merit Award, will also be presented, to recognize outstanding contributions to the worker co-op movement by an individual. Generally but not necessarily, the recipients chosen will be from the region in which the annual CWCF Conference is held (the Ontario region, this year). The Merit Award winner and one member of the co-op from the winner of the Best Practices Award will upon request have their registration and travel expenses covered to attend the CWCF Conference. If in the area of financial/ business sustainability or new member development he Best Practices Award winner will be asked to present their best practice at the CWCF Conference. 
 
Nominate a worker co-operative for the Best Practices Award, or an individual for the Merit Award, and tell us why in less than 500 words by writing to James Mitchell at james@canadianworker.coop Deadline for both awards is July 31, 2012.
 
R?compenses - oppportunit? de gagner un inscription gratuite au congr?s de la FCCT
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Nous vous rappelons que le "Prix des Bonnes Pratiques" pour les Coop?ratives de Travail sera decern? cette ann?e lors du congr?s de la FCCT. Ce prix permettra la diffusion de pratiques innovatrices aux autres coop?ratives de travail canadiennes, et ainsi de renforcer le mouvement coop?ratif. C'est aussi une reconnaissance d'excellence pour les coop?ratives : un remarquable travail est men? ? bien en ce moment, il faut f?ter ?a ! Les Bonnes Pratiques peuvent concerner les domaines de la gestion, du marketing, de l'engagement de qualit?, du contr?le des co?ts, du triple bilan (responsabili? sociale des entreprises), de l'impact sur la communaut?, de l'atmosph?re sur le lieu de travail et plus encore. N?anmoins, priorit? est donn?e cette ann?e aux bonnes pratiques dans le domaine de la soutenabilti? financi?re/des pratiques durables des entreprises et/ou de l'excellence en ce qui concerne le soutien ou l'int?gration de nouveaux membres.
  

Une seconde r?compense, le Prix du M?rite Coop?ratif, sera remise pour distinguer une contribution d'exception d'un individu au mouvement coop?ratif. G?n?ralement mais pas n?cessairement, les r?cipiendaires s?lectionn?s sont issus de la r?gion o? est tenu le congr?s annuel de la FCCT (cette ann?e, l'Ontario). Le gagnant du Prix du M?rite ainsi que l'un des membres de la coop?rative ayant re?u le Prix des Bonnes Pratiques se verront, s'ils le demandent, offert les frais d'inscription et de transport relatifs ? la conf?rence de la FCCT.

  

Nominez un coop?rative pour le Prix des Bonnes Pratiques, ou un individu pour le Prix du M?rite, et expliquez-nous les raisons de votre choix en ?crivant ? James Mitchell: james@canadianworker.coop. La date limite pour les deux prix est fix?e au 31 juillet 2012.

Special Committee on Co-operatives
James Mitchell, the communications director for the CWCF, runs his own personal blog, writing about a wide range of topics, including co-operatives. Recently, he added a short post about the new special committee on co-operatives that was formed in Parliament at the end of May. James attended the debate, led by Ottawa-Vanier Member of Parliament Mauril B?langer, and wrote about his impressions afterward. To check this out, follow this link to his blogspot.
 
Joint CCA-CCCM Congress / Congr?s conjoint CCA-CCCM
(Le fran?ais suit) This year's joint Congress of the CCA and CCCM is being webcast live on June 28, allowing those who cannot attend the Congress in Montreal to still take part. The webcast is sponsored by the Co-operators and is being produced by Montreal-based media co-op, Webtv. You watch live by going to www.webtv.coop/live. Several sessions will be available in English and French:

"Reflecting on co-operative roles and opportunities" 8:30 am - 9:30
am; "Insights into the perception of co-operatives" 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT; and "Building the co-operative legacy" 1:30pm - 4:30 pm EDT .

 

En cette Ann?e internationale des coop?ratives, le Congr?s conjoint du CCCM et du CCA sera webdiffus?! Cette diffusion sur internet, g?n?reusement commandit?e par Le Groupe Co-operators limit?e, permettra ? tous de se joindre virtuellement ? cet ?v?nement important. Pour se joindre ? nous en direct, le 28 juin, rendez-vous sur : www.webtv.coop/live. Les conf?rences seront pr?sent?es en direct le 28 juin sont :  

 

"R?flexion sur les r?les et opportunit?s des coop?ratives" (8h30 ? 9h30 EST); "Perception des canadiens ? propos des coop?ratives" (11h30 ? 12h30 EST); et "B?tir un h?ritage coop?ratif" (13h30 ? 16h30 EST) 

ICA eDigest / Bulletin d'information ACI

(Le fran?ais suit) The International Co-operative Alliance has recently started an eDigest - a monthly publication from the world of co-operatives. The document, which is rich in information from around the world, is available in multiple electronic formats. To find out more information and to subscribe, please visit their website

 

L'Alliance coop?rative internationale a r?cemment lanc? son "Digest" (compte-rendu), un bulletin mensuel sur le monde des coop?ratives. Le document, riche source d'informations venant du monde entier, est disponible en plusieurs formats ?lectroniques. Pour plus de renseignements ou pour vous abonner, rendez-vous sur le site internet de l'Alliance.

CWCF Health and Dental Plans 

Prescription drug benefits play a significant role in the overall health and well-being of worker-owners, contributing to a more productive and satisfied workforce. As a member of CWCF you have access to health benefits that can be customized to suit your co-operative's specific needs. Why pay premium levels that are based on the size of one small plan when you can access the pricing discounts of a much larger co-operative plan?

CWCF has partnered with Corporate Benefit Analysts, a firm with more than 25 years of plan consulting expertise, to provide Health and Dental programs for small co-operative groups from The Co-operators. Explore this valuable member benefit by emailing memberservices@corpben.com or speak to Yvonne on the Member Service line 1-800-463-2555.

Note: To be eligible to participate in this plan, there must be at least three permanent full time employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week and your business should be at least two years old. Other plans, good but with different features, may be available to smaller co-ops and to individual developer members of CWCF. 

Les programmes de sant? et dentaire de la FCCT
Le remboursement des m?dicaments a un impact significatif sur la sant? et le bien-?tre des travailleurs-propri?taires, et contribue de ce fait ? la satisfaction et ? la productivit? de la force de travail. En tant que membre de la FCCT, vous avez acc?s ? une assurance maladie qui peut ?tre personnalis?e pour s'adapter aux besoins sp?cifiques de votre coop?rative. Pourquoi payer au prix fort un programme de soins individuel, lorsque vous pouvez b?n?ficier de remises de groupe dans le cadre plus large de la coop?rative ?

 

La FCCT a ?tabli un partenariat avec Corporate Benefit Analysts, une entreprise de plus de ving-cinq ans d'exp?rience dans le domaine de l'expertise-conseil en programmes de soins. Le partenariat a pour but de fournir aux petites organisations coop?ratives des assurances sant? et dentaire du groupe The Co-operators. Vous pouvez vous renseigner sur ces avantages de groupe en envoyant un courriel ? memberservices@corpben.com ou en t?l?phonant ? Yvonne sur la ligne de Services aux Membres, au 1-800-463-2555.

 

Remarque : pour ?tre ?ligible ? ce programme, votre organisation doit comprendre au moins trois employ?s permanents ? temps plein travaillant au minimun vingt heures par semaine, et avoir au moins deux ans d'existence. D'autres programmes existent pour les coop?ratives plus petites et pour les d?veloppeurs individuels membres de la FCCT.

New Worker Co-op Set up in Chicago
Recently workers in the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago lost their jobs. Like many in the rust belt of the United States, workers here were hit hard by the economic downturn of the past few years. However, the workers in the plant were resilient. They organised a worker co-op which will work democratically and fairly to produce a quality product that consumers need. For more information and to watch an interview with one of the workers, please follow this link
Interview with Rebecca Kemble
CICOPAIn May, Rebecca Kemble, President of the United States Federation of Worker Co-ops and President of CICOPA North America, was interviewed by an ICA Public Relations person. In this short exchange, she talks about many important themes, notably the modern relationship between labour and "finance capital", and the importance of building alliances. A transcript of the short discussion can be found on the CWCF website by clicking here.
International Day of the Co-operative / Journ?e Internationale des Coop?ratives
(Le fran?ais suit) On 7 July co-operators across Canada and the world will engage in celebrations and activism to make co-ops better known. The progress made so far this year for the International Year of the Co-operative has been impressive, but we still have six months to go. Make sure that you find out what's going on in your community on 7 July, and if there isn't anything organised, talk to your peers and make something exciting happen. For a more information, check out this page

Le 7 juillet prochain, les acteurs du mouvement coop?ratif ? travers le Canada et le monde se livreront ? toutes sortes d'activit?s et c?l?brations pour mieux faire conna?tre les coop?ratives. Les progr?s r?alis?s jusqu'? pr?sent pour l'ann?ee internationale des coop?ratives sont impressionnants, mais il reste encore six mois de travail ? mener ? bien. Assurez-vous d'?tre au courant des ?v?nements au sein votre communaut? le 7 juillet, et si rien n'a ?t? pr?vu, parlez ? votre entourage et faites en sorte que quelque chose de sympa ait lieu ! Pour plus d'informations, rendez-vous sur cette page.

Help Open Neechi Commons!  

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Winnipeg's "North-end" will soon be home to Neechi Commons Community Business Complex. The complex is being developed by Neechi Foods Co-Op Ltd., which has operated a small grocery and Aboriginal specialty store for over 22 years and is well known for its leadership in community economic development, as well as for its bannock and wild blueberries. Located in a fully modernized, historic building, Neechi Commons will feature a neighbourhood supermarket, fruit and vegetable courtyard, farmers market, restaurant, bakery, specialty foods, and an Aboriginal arts store. Over 50 people are being hired to work there and the Commons is expected to play a pivotal role in helping to re-vitalize the North-end. In addition to creating economic opportunities, Neechi Commons will help create a sense of pride within the Aboriginal community and in adjoining inner-city neighbourhoods. ('Neechi', or 'Niji', means "friend", "sister" or "brother" in Cree and Ojibwa dialects.)
 
The construction of the complex at 865 Main St. in Winnipeg  is scheduled to be finished later this summer. However, before it opens for business an additional $500,000 is needed for inventory, final equipment and other opening costs.  Share capital and capital grants also are needed to limit mortgage financing. You can help by purchasing Neechi Investment Shares or by connecting us with other potential investors (individuals or organizations).
 
Neechi Foods Co-Op is owned and operated by its staff and is incorporated as a Worker Cooperative. However, its Investment Shares are available to non-members as well as to members. - Neechi is the first cooperative in Manitoba to offer Investment Shares to the general public. - Neechi is offering  two types of investment shares. Class "A" Shares are attached to a Provincial tax credit that is restricted to residents of Manitoba and Class "B" shares are designed for organizations and for individuals who do not qualify for the Manitoba tax credit. Class "B" shares sell at $1,000 apiece, with dividends projected at 5 % per year. Our Offering Statement and other information about Neechi Commons and the Investment Share Offering can be found on the Neechi website. Otherwise, please contact Neechi at neechifoods@shaw.ca or at our existing store on Dufferin Ave. Every investment is important, whether comparatively large or small. Thanks for your interest. Neechi Commons will be awesome!
The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) is a national, bilingual grassroots membership organization of and for worker co-operatives, related types of co-operatives (multi-stakeholder co-ops and worker-shareholder co-ops), and organizations that support the growth and development of worker cooperatives.  CWCF's e-newsletter is available free of charge to anyone with an e-mail address and an interest in worker co-operative developments in Canada. 
  
Please send any comments and suggestions to: 

 

James Mitchell 

Editor of CWCF Newsletter 
james@canadianworker.coop
613-733-6174