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Be Part of Creating a Strategy to Grow Canada’s Worker Co-op Movement

by Russ Christianson Over the next few months, Dominique Bernier, Cathy Lang and I will be working with CWCF board members and staff, members of worker co-operatives and co-op developers to co-create a strategy for scaling Canada’s worker co-op movement. In addition to CWCF insiders, we will engage key opinion leaders inside and outside of the broader co-op movement, including social entrepreneurs, unions, community development organizations, anti-poverty organizations, economic activists, Chambers of Commerce, Community Futures Development Organizations, and Municipal EDOs. We’re excited to be using Loomio – a worker co-operative Internet platform– that encourages dialogue, document sharing and decision-making. Loomio is designed to be user-friendly and to engage people with the use of decision-making tools such as Check and Dot Voting polls. The software also provides multi-language support and includes a comment translation. The combination of discussion and decision-making is Loomio’s unique advantage. Over the course of the strategic planning…

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Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant at La Siembra

La Siembra Co-operative is a fair trade, worker-owned co-operative, which seeks to promote a new model of trading partnerships guided by the principles of fair trade. Incorporated in 1999, La Siembra is one of the first companies to import, manufacture and distribute Fair Trade and organic certified sugar and cocoa products in North America and has since branched out into Fair Trade and organic certified coffee, candy bars and baking products. La Siembra’s Camino® lines of consumer products are sold in over 3000 retail outlets across Canada. Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant Job Description and Applicant Questions https://camino.ca/

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International Worker Co-op Forum

You are invited to participate in the International Worker Co-op Forum to be held in Quebec City, Friday, October 14th with co-op tours in the afternoon of Oct. 13th. In the program: Co-operative tours (October 13th, from 3 – 6 pm), a portrait of the movement of worker cooperatives worldwide, a panel on various styles of management in worker co-ops, and more. For more information, see the attached preliminary program.  This event is organized by le Réseau de la coopération du travail du Québec (Quebec WC Network) in collaboration with CWCF.   Enjoy a 20% discount by registering by October 3rd. Click this link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/xvpIpYR8KfgR8J8l1  english_program04-10

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Annual General Meeting, October 31, 2015 Resolution

Topic: Dues for Associate Members Submitted by the CWCF Board of Directors WHEREAS CWCF has two types of Associate Members: 1) those which join as CWCF supporters and pay $500 / year in dues, and 2) those which join to get access to the CWCF RRSP Program and pay $100/ year in dues, and WHEREAS some of the co-operatives in CWCF’s RRSP program have requested the ability to also offer Tax-Free Savings Accounts (“TFSA’s”), WHEREAS CWCF has obtained approval from Concentra Financial and the Canada Revenue Agency to add an additional member service, a TFSA Program, open to both worker co-op members and associate members, WHEREAS the associate member dues to enable access to the RRSP program should enable use of the RRSP program and/or TFSA progam, WHEREAS the resolution approving the special $100 dues level for some associate members referred only to those using RRSP’s, and WHEREAS this is…

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