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Working at Willy Street Co-op

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Willy Street Co-op is a grocery cooperative, operating out of two neighborhood stores, a local production kitchen and a business office. The Co-op is not a worker collective; it is built on a management structure similar to many traditionally run businesses. The Co-op is committed to providing the opportunity for all employee voices to be heard when making management decisions. By upholding this principle of participatory management, all employees are able to ensure a humane work environment for all staff.

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We strive to hire a hard-working, friendly and knowledgeable staff who are committed to the co-op mission and principles, and who will cooperate with and provide the highest level of service to our diverse membership and customer base.

If you provide excellent customer service, support your co-workers with your outstanding work ethic, and can support our cooperative structure, then we encourage you to take the first step toward being a part of our growing business and put your energy to work for good!

For information about job openings, click here.

Due to the large number of applications received, please do not call to check on the status of your application.

Wage and Benefit Package

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Pay Scale

Each position has a commensurate pay range. Entry level pay starts at $10.48-$13.58 per hour. All positions meet or exceed the Cooperative Grocer Information Network (CGIN) Living Wage after three months of satisfactory employment.

Upon successful completion of the training period a raise may be given. The General Manager sets a percentage cap on annual raises each year. Raises are based upon positive performance and a minimum number of hours worked and are not mandatory based on longevity. In addition, cost of living increases are granted to all staff no less than once every two years. Note: No employee can exceed the pay range based on longevity.


Time and time again, surveyed staff say that "the people they get to work with" is one of the best benefits of working at the Co-op. In addition to the opportunity to work with diverse and committed co-workers, the Co-op offers the following benefits:

Health and dental insurance

An employee qualifies for health benefits after 90 days of employment. Employees may choose either Heath/Dental Insurance or the Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).

Health and Dental Insurance (through Group Health Cooperative and Principal Dental)

  • 0 up to 24 hours = no coverage
  • 24 up to 32 hours = a portion of premium paid by employee, a portion paid by WSGC,
  • 32 plus hours = premium paid by WSGC

Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) for reimbursement of vision and dental expenses

  • 0 up to 24 hours = no coverage
  • 24 up to 32 hours = accrued prorated at 1/2 rate*
  • 32 plus hours = accrued at full rate

*The HRA allocation per pay period is determined annually on the Co-op's annual cost of insurance.

Paid time off
Vacation time is prorated based on the number of hours worked per week.  As long as the employee is scheduled to work 24 or more hours per week employees earn vacation days according to the following schedule:
Length of time employed Amount of vacation accrued
1 year 1 week
2 years 2 weeks
5 years 3 weeks
10 years 4 weeks

Note: Workers who average fewer than 24 hours per week do not earn Vacation Days.

Sick/Discretionary Days
WSGC offers discretionary days. These can be used for either illness or wellness. They are accumulated at the rate of seven days per year for full time (40 hours per week) employees and are prorated for other employees who are scheduled to work 24 or more hours per week.

Note: Workers who average fewer than 24 hours per week do not earn Sick/Discretionary Days.

The Co-op recognizes the following days as holidays: New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Independence Day. The store will either be closed for the day and employees may choose to be unpaid for the day or pay themselves vacation time or if the store remains open, employees who work are paid time and a half for that holiday.
Employee Discount
Staff Purchase Discounts
Staff who are scheduled to work at least 10 hours/week are entitled to a 20% discount on purchases.
Profit Sharing
The Co-op may profit-share with staff employed during profitable periods. Staff must have successfully completed 768 hours and be in good standing.
Transportation Plan
All staff are eligible to participate in the Co-op’s transportation plan. This plan allows employees to set aside tax-free money to pay for transportation costs such as bus passes, parking, and qualified vanpools. The Co-op also provides $20 each month for employees who bike to work for more than half of the days they are scheduled. This money can be used to reimburse certain bike repair and improvement costs.
Retirement plan
A 401(k) plan is offered as a benefit to all employees who are at least 21 years old and have worked at the Co-op for 12 months. The Co-op may match your contributions based on a percentage of your income after you have met the eligibility criteria for 2 years.
And more!
The Employee Council
is a place where all Willy Street Co-op employees can, through representatives, set policy that impacts all employees. Representatives are elected annually by the staff

Staff members may sign up for classes offered through the Co-op at no charge.

Cafeteria Plan
All staff are eligible to participate in the Co-op’s Cafeteria Plan. This plan allows employees to set aside tax-free money to pay for many kinds of out-of-pocket medical and child care expenses.

This is a summary report from the Personnel Manual of the benefits offered to WSGC employees, it in no way supersedes the manual.