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    A letter I sent to the PCC today regarding there protesting the city’s increased hourly wage during Covid

    I have been a member since I moved here in 1985, at that time it was in a small brick building west of green lake. Everyone brought all their own containers, babies cried, you waited your turn to park and were proud to be part of a tribe that choose to support a community of like minded people who choose to eat healthy organic foods at an affordable price.
    Many good evolutions have occurred since then. It has been a complex and controversial path forward. Decisions have been carefully made and reconsidered and debated as a healthy community do.
    Choosing a leader who does not, first and foremost, support our employees, however, Is just wrong. PCC should, and has been, the model for how the greater world should treat their employees. Our employees, like all of us, are hard working, skilled members of society deserving of living wages and benefits to support our chosen families. The PCC leaders must have that first in foremost in their decisions We are all workers. Transparency of wages at all levels from temporary employees through upper management is crucial to a healthy, functioning, community based, responsible organization.
    Given all of this, It is hard to believe that the current leader of the PCC is a good fit with the very long term goals of our coop. Choosing to protest “combat pay” for our employees during a once in a century health and economic crisis is contrary to everything we stand for. I thank every employee I see, every time I am there for continuing to be there for us.
    Expansion and profit are absolutely secondary secondary, to the goals of sustaining the coop to provide healthy food and good fair employment.. I also have to question whether the team members who choose the current leader have also lost sight of the vision.
    If there are financial problems with PCC, there must be during Covid. The coop needs to be public about those struggles and involve their members in reaching community based decision for long term sustainability.
    This, hopefully, can be seen, as a good time to step back and look at the recent choices we have made as a coop and realign our actions with our core beliefs.
    Thank you for taking the time to read this and all you have done and I hope will continue to do for our community. Kea Ireland
    If I can help in any voluntary capacity, please let me know.

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