There are four decision-making bodies within the Riverwest Public House Cooperative:
- Board of Directors
- Workers Collective
- Standing Committees
All make decisions using the Consensus decision-making process, yet if consensus cannot be reached by the Membership, a decision will be made by a 2/3-majority vote.
Membership: The Riverwest Public House Cooperative’s membership is comprised of Individual Members and Neighbor Members. Anyone may become a member by filling out the membership form and paying fees required by the co-op’s Fair Share Structure whereby member contributions establish ownership rights in the co-op. Additionally, neighbors of the Riverwest Public House living within a 50 meter radius to the business will automatically be considered Neighbor Members and be entitled to voting rights but no member discounts or other benefits of membership.
The membership is tasked with determining changes to the by-laws and other major policies that affect the membership experience at the Public House. These decisions will be addressed during the General Membership Meeting held annually.
Board of Directors: The Board of Directors is responsible for long-term planning regarding the co-op’s operation and is comprised of nine board members who are elected at the annual membership meeting to the term of three years, three seats each year. Each Board Member will serve on at least one Standing Committee. The Board of Directors consists of:
- Elena Pires, President
- Rebecca Nole, Vice President
- Lisa Sutton, Treasure
- Peter Murphy, Secretary
- Gibson Caldwell
- Gene Gallistel
- Steve Jerbi
- Kelly Todd
- Elisha Wolf
The Board of Directors is accountable to the Membership.
Workers’ Collective: The Workers’ Collective is charged with the day-to-day business operation of the Co-op as well as serving as the face of the Coop to the public. It shall implement policies and regulations necessary to fulfill its tasks provided they are not inconsistent with either these by-laws or board policy or the by-laws or board policy of the Riverwest Cooperative Alliance.
The Workers’ Collective is made up of current paid staff and active volunteers; all paid staff are required to attend Workers’ Collective meetings. The Workers’ Collective is accountable to the Board of Directors.
Standing Committees: Standing Committees will be comprised of at least one Board Member as well as other members and volunteers of the Riverwest Public House Cooperative. Standing Committees are formed and dissolved by the Board as deemed necessary. The current Standing Committees are:
- Finance Committee
- Membership Committee
- Human Resources Committee
- Inventory Committee
All Standing Committees are accountable to the Board of Directors.