Petition for New Deal Cafe Cooperative Special Membership Meeting

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The undersigned members of the New Deal Café Cooperative request, as provided for in the By-laws, a Special Membership Meeting be called for the purposes below:

Requested Special Meeting Agenda

1) The Board of Directors shall present their responses to the questions posed by a group of members in their letter to the Board dated February 15th, 2014. A response had been requested within two weeks, but as of March 11th no response has been received.

Rationale for request: The February 15th letter is attached and is self-explanatory.

2) Consider and vote on the following Amendment to Article III, Section 4 of the By-Laws:

The By-Laws are to be amended to add the following sentences to Article III, Section 4:

“No member may hold elected office if the member or the member’s spouse or a member’s immediate family member (defined as parent, child or sibling) is employed by the New Deal Café Cooperative. This applies to both direct employment by the Cooperative and to employment by companies that have entered into long-term on-site contracts with the cooperative.”

The amended Section 4 is shown below with the addition underlined.

Article III. Membership

Section 4. Membership Requirement to Hold Office. Only a member of the Corporation, at least 21 years of age, may be a director of the Corporation or a member of a committee elected by the membership. Co-op committees will include an audit committee, elections or nominations committee, a membership committee, and a volunteer coordination committee. No member may hold elected office if the member or the member’s spouse or a member’s immediate family member (defined as parent, child or sibling) is employed by the New Deal Café Cooperative. This applies to both direct employment by the Cooperative and to employment by companies that have entered into long-term on-site contracts with the cooperative.

Rationale for the amendment: Avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of conflicts of interest. This amendment will make the By-Laws consistent with the New Deal Café Cooperative Employee Manual and Performance Review Guidelines previously adopted by the Cooperative and with generally accepted good practices in other successful cooperatives.

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