Letter: A matter of justice
I paid $175 to join Franklin Community Cooperative and was a member/worker at Green Fields Market serving there for almost nine years. However, I never understood their policies, or made the distinction between Green Fields Market and the Cooperative. I work and also volunteer in my community, so I never had time to attend co-op meetings.
After reading the Franklin Community Co-op/Green Fields Market’s full page ad/article in The Recorder Good Life, I spent hours thinking about how the co-op discount works. Because the ad was targeting ONLY OLDER people as paying members, price $175, I was concerned.
Subsequently, I outlined a fair blueprint for change. Next, while in the office, I quietly suggested asking all member/workers now serving two hours and, thereby, earning 10 percent, plus the standard 2 percent, to serve one more hour. Or conversely, reducing one hour for all those required to serve four hours to get a 15 percent and 2 percent discount.
Doing the math, it is obvious that, to be fair, double the hours should mean double the discount. The F.C.C./G.F.M. newspaper ad was targeting retirees, but when I said that either way would make the co-op discount system fair for everybody, I was told “co-ops don’t need to be fair.” Then I was evicted from the office and the store. I was treated like a felon, so I deserve an apology.
How many other people have been evicted from Green Fields Market without justification? Co-op members, please act responsibly, begin by investigating the policies of Franklin Community Cooperative which owns Green Fields Market. If the actions and conduct of members within Franklin Community Cooperative are based on fair and just principles, as they claim, they will send justice rolling like a mighty river. Vote! Vote to send me a letter of apology.
MURIEL E. RUSSELL