Melanie Reid

CDS Consulting Co-op

Melanie Reid is former manager of Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minn., and is a member of CDS Consulting Co-op specializing in human resources and support for startup co-ops.

Author's Articles

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Co-ops continue to face an increasingly tough marketplace. Competition for employees is as tough as it is for food dollars.

December 5, 2017

As co-ops evolve and expand and our industry continuously changes, it’s important that we have mechanisms in place that enable employees to see career pathways within our organizations. 

186 Sept-Oct 2016 September 27, 2016

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, or FLSA, is a federal statute that provides certain protections to workers.

180 Sept-Oct 2015 November 6, 2015

The current wave of co-op openings is likely to bring as many as 60 new co-ops in the next five years. That means many new positions for general manager (GM) will be available.

178 May-June 2015 May 27, 2015

Co-ops are not typically thought of as “the place to work if you want to earn a lot of money.” However, as values-driven organizations, co-ops have striven to face the challenge of pay head-on and

175 November-December 2014 December 24, 2014

Justice and Just Food Co-op in Northfield, Minn., opened its doors in 2004.

169 Nov-Dec 2013 December 9, 2013

Is your co-op too small to have a human resources manager on staff? Is the HR function in your co-op divided up among different people?

164 Jan-Feb 2013 February 20, 2013