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In celebration of Non-GMO Month, we’re giving away this basket of GMO-free and gluten-free goodies!
Enter once a day, through Oct. 31, on our Facebook timeline for your chance to win.
Co-op Boycotts Driscoll’s Products
The Co-op Board of Directors has decided to support a boycott of Driscoll’s brand products.
Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), a local independent farmworker union, asked that the Co-op discontinue purchasing products from Driscoll’s. The FUJ is organizing at Sakuma Bros. Farms in Skagit Valley for fair pay, regular breaks, and the elimination of wage theft. Sakuma packs blackberries and blueberries under the Driscoll’s label. In the Board’s view, Sakuma has not been negotiating in good faith with FUJ and has taken retaliatory and anti-union actions.
The Board does not take this step lightly. It is our strongly held belief that shoppers should be free to make their own purchasing decisions. In this case, however, the Board felt that agreeing to the FUJ request was the best way to support their good faith efforts to improve working conditions for farmworkers at Sakuma Bros. We support FUJ and we are encouraging other food cooperatives to join in solidarity with the farmworkers, as we have.
Message to Members on Eden Foods
In our view, Eden Foods’ federal lawsuit seeking the right to opt out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate to provide contraceptive coverage is contrary to the fundamental cooperative values of fairness, equal access, and democracy. We also see this action as fundamentally at odds with Eden’s stated goal, “To maintain a healthy, respectful…environment for employees.” –Co-op Board of Directors
Take Our Survey
We invite you to share your ideas as we continue the process of improving the Downtown Co-op experience.
First, learn a bit about our plans for the Downtown store and the new Co-op Connections Building at 405 E. Holly Street by reading Jim Ashby’s update and looking at the FAQs and a summary of community input on the project. Then, access the three-question survey here.
We look forward to hearing your ideas for future improvements to the Co-op.
Update on the Downtown Expansion from the General Manager
On November 1, the Co-op seized an exciting opportunity and purchased the building located directly across Holly Street from the Downtown store. Securing that building was the first step of an ambitious 2- to 3-year project that will result in an improved experience in both the Downtown store and parking lot—and in the new building, which is full of potential.
The project will proceed in three phases:
Phase I—Remodel the new Co-op Connections Building to accommodate administration offices, the Healthy Connections classroom, a community meeting space, and a bakery production facility with a small retail storefront. Completed by early 2015.
Phase II—In 2015 we will be sprucing up the Downtown store with a remodeled deli to include expanded deli offerings and mezzanine seating. Completed by fall 2015.
Phase III—Expand and reconfigure the parking lot—dependent on approval of zoning changes—to add a minimum of 15 parking spaces and improve the traffic flow. Completion in summer of 2015 or 2016.