Possible Committee for a Board of Directors
The basic task of a grievance council is to deal with questions of perceived unfairness or mistreatment. The grievance council should go to work on a problem only after its members are convinced that reasonable attempts to resolve the matter directly have failed. The kinds of grievances considered by the council should be restricted to issues that violate existing policy, matters where there is no applicable policy, or where the fairness of a policy is questioned.
Reviews the operation of the co-op governance system, and recommends changes when required to meet governance objectives. This committee is recommended for all co-ops.
Works with managers to develop financial plans, to devise strategies for meeting capital and cash needs, and to monitor the financial status of the cooperative.
Develops alternative long range plans for the co-op, based on (a) analyses of market trends and the likely future availability of resources (such as capital or new members), and/or (b) emerging changes in the wishes of organization members.
Consults with managers as they develop their business plans, helps managers obtain the training or resources they need to do their work well, and monitors the degree to which managers achieve their stated objectives. Discusses any needed changes in management structure or management personnel before the matter is brought to the board as a whole.
Reviews the organization’s need for members with different skills and experience, and develops policies for recruiting, hiring, and developing membership to meet these needs. Develops personnel policies (e.g. regarding vacation practices, career paths, discipline practices) and oversees the implementation of these policies.
Determines the kinds of educational programs needed to help directors, managers, and members fulfill their responsibilities, and arranges for these programs to be offered.
Consults with chair of the board of directors regarding board agendas and procedures, and takes action on behalf of the board when urgent matters come up that must be dealt with between regularly-scheduled board meetings.