A. “HOUSEKEEPING” CHANGES
- Resolution 1: Correction of oversights or typographical errors; clarification; and removal of obsolete or redundant items
- Resolution 2: Create a Nominations Committee and define its accountabilities
- Resolution 3: Create alternatives to in-person voting at annual meetings for elections
- Resolution 4: Create an option to use alternative voting systems in elections
- Resolution 5: Permit the co-op to pay interest on members’ shares
- Resolution 6: Permit an organization to become a Business Member of the co-op, and to appoint a Delegate to represent it
- Resolution 7: Authorize the Board to invest funds with reference to an Investment Policy
- Resolution 8: Change the name of the co-op to Modo Co-operative
As you can see from my posts on this blog for the past year and a half, I've been very critical of the boards of some large co-ops, which have persuaded their members to approve rule changes that shift power from members to the board. The boards have not described it to members as a power transfer, but in substance that's what it is. The changes undermine Co-operative Principle #2 -- democratic member control -- and open the door to corrupt abuse of power by boards. Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is a prime example.
So I'm happy to report that, as far as I can tell, the rule changes proposed by Modo's board would strengthen, not weaken, member democracy.