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A letter I sent to the PCC today to protest against the city’s increased hourly wages during Covid

I’ve been a member since I moved here in 1985. At that time it was in a small brick building west of the green lake. Everyone brought their own containers, babies were crying, they waited for their turn and were proud to be part of a tribe that supports a community of like-minded people who choose to make healthy organic food an affordable one Price to eat.
Many good developments have occurred since then. It has been a complex and controversial way forward. Decisions have been carefully made and considered and discussed, as does a healthy community.
It is simply wrong to choose a leader who does not primarily support our employees. PCC should and was the model for how the bigger world should treat its employees. Like all of us, our employees are hardworking, skilled members of society who earn a living wage and social benefits to support our chosen families. The PCC leaders must consider this primarily in their decisions. We are all workers. The transparency of wages at all levels of temporary workers through upper management is crucial for a healthy, functioning, community-based and responsible organization.
With all of this in mind, it’s hard to believe that the current head of PCC is a good fit with the very long-term goals of our cooperative. The decision to protest against our employees’ “combat remuneration” during a health and economic downturn in a century goes against everything we stand for. I thank every employee I see every time I’m there for continuing to be there for us.
Expansion and profit are absolutely secondary in order to maintain the cooperative for healthy eating and good, fair employment. I also have to wonder if the team members who are electing the current leader have also lost sight of the vision.
If there are financial problems with PCC, it has to be during Covid. The cooperative must be public about these struggles and involve its members in the community’s decision for long-term sustainability.
Hopefully this can be seen as a good time to take a step back and look at the recent decisions we have made as a cooperative and realign our actions with our core beliefs.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and all that you did, and I hope you will continue to do so for our community. Kea Ireland
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