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Labor refers to weekly tasks performed by members of a cooperative. The whole point of a cooperative is to empower people with ownership and control of their own house. Labor is how you take responsibility for that ownership. By doing things ourselves we save money, work with and help one another, and learn valuable skills which might serve us later in life. Labor is the backbone of a cooperative.
Labor is love. Love your house and love your housemates.
Coopers are expected to perform at least 4 hours of labor a week if they are residents, and 2 hours if they are associate members. This number may change as circumstances require it. 2 hours of maintenance should be as intensive as 2 hours of picking up trash or gardening, and vice versa.
Tasks are ultimately created by the Czar. However anyone may propose an idea. It is the Czar's responsibility to make sure that which needs taking care of is taken care of.
The Labor Czar will assign people various tasks to be done and post a chart of this information publicly. It is the Czar's job to ensure everyone is clear about their responsibilities.
Currently most labor is very flexible: picking up trash can happen any time, maintenance work has its own coordinator, etc. Thus everyone has a little bit of responsibility.
If someone fails to perform an assigned task, then someone may give the negligent member a faux pas. A faux pas is a declaration that labor was not performed, or performed with low-effort.
If the recipient of the faux pas wishes to dispute the faux pas, then
the Czar will coordinate a discussion between the two members and render a verdict. If the recipient believes this is unfair, the recipient may of course take it to a meeting.
Note that given the lack of relevant policies on the subject, this is the Czar's personal process. This can be changed.
If you would like to make up hours owed as a result of a no-show, then talk to the Labor Czar in person or at email@example.com and the Czar will work with you to come up with a plan to make up the hours.
The Czar will keep track of faux pas received.
We do not yet have a concrete policy for labor fines. However it is likely in the future that monthly fines will accrue.
On the other hand, it is possible to do extra labor and receive a dues rebate. A policy on this is in the works.
Right now La Reunion has only a few members and we are still learning what sorts of tasks are recurring, what everyone's skills are, etc. Two hours of labor a week is enough to keep everyone involved with the house while at the same time balancing our busy schedules and being realistic about the variety of tasks to be performed.
Everyone who has signed a contract will be on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list. Only members of the coop can see or post messages to the list.
The Labor Czar is an elected officer with the following responsibilities: