|Work Requirements and Contracting||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Victoria (victoriatrillium-hollow.org)|
|Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2000 15:55:08 -0700 (MST)|
Sorry about the attachments, trying again in plain text in the message should work! No more attachments shall come forth from me to the list, I promise! So this Trillium's Work fairshare policy that we are working with after tons of controversy. Section VII is still under consideration. Vicky Leary Trillium Hollow Portland, Oregon I: THOUGHTS * We come to community to both give and receive. * We are committed to create a sustainable community. * We want to keep community fees as low as possible by doing as much of the work as possible ourselves and hiring out only what we cannot do. * We need all differing levels of competence, time and energy available in order to accomplish the work of the 7 Teams. Though other work is appreciated and valued, such as cooking, cleaning up after meals, going to general meetings and setting up the Trillium Hollow Musical Appreciation Society, these are not Work Fairshare contributions. * Knowing what members are doing and how much time they devote to the community is a way of acknowledging, honoring and encouraging member support and involvement in the community. * We want an honor system with no monitoring of others taking place. Coercion of any kind would detract from the positive work atmosphere that is most desirable in community, and thus is best avoided. II: GOALS 1. To foster a positive sense of community via making sure the essentials of our community get done, by (a) encouraging people to contribute time to the community by using positive reinforcement rather than reliance upon coercion or social pressure, and (b) enhancing community well being by providing opportunities for social interaction in community via work. 2. To ensure the survival of Trillium, and protect our financial investment by making sure the work of the teams gets done. III: WORK FAIRSHARE - HOW IT WORKS: 1. Each Team or Committee who needs volunteers for tasks that need doing will regularly post them on the JOBS POSTING section on the bulletin board in the Common House and multiple locations. 2. All adult community members will make their choices of work by signing up for the task(s) they intend to do. 3. When the task is completed please check it off and note the date. 4. Each adult will write down volunteer hours worked and give this information to the Work Fairshare coordinator before the first Sunday of the month. This can be done anonymously. 5. Every month the coordinator of Work Fairshare will add up the total number of hours spent in tasks, divide it by the number of people reporting and post the average amount of volunteer time gifted to the community during that month. 6. There is no prescribed time quota. The average time reported becomes the guide for people who wish to do so to use as they choose what to do about the amount of work they want to volunteer the next month. 7. Time volunteered is reported by the person who did the work. No one will be checking to see whether the time reported is accurate. 8. Teams will decide what to do about tasks for which there were no volunteers. IV MONEY ISSUES A value of the time economy system is that by stepping outside of the monetary economy and building a time-based economy a community can affirm the values of sharing and cooperation, as opposed to the monetary system's market economy values of comparative advantage, self-interest and other privileges. Time economies affirm that community work is done for the good of the whole. This is one form of time economy that works by what can be called "rational altruism," or a form of gift giving that benefits the giver. This goal includes avoiding the use of money, either in payment to the worker for work done for the community (reward), or in payment by a member to the community in place of contributing time (pay-off). Putting a monetary number on our work devalues it. All work given to the community is important. This value would be undermined by valuing labor at varying rates for different forms of work. V POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT: Some form of encouragement and reward is important, such as: 1. recognition by other community members for each person's work (we need to become very creative in how we recognize member contributions - including using the Trillium Hello). 2. personal satisfaction for doing good work that is appreciated by others. 3. knowing that other members are also doing the best quality work they can for the community results in an esprit de corps and sense of group awareness, appreciation and commitment. 4. knowing that other members are contributing a similar amount of work for the good of the community decreases resentment. VI MANAGEMENT and LABOR RECORDS Although it is not necessary that there be a high level of accuracy in the recording of labor contributed, there are other uses for labor records beyond the computation of an average. Records are important in order for the community to recognize and honor members who have contributed time to various projects. Also, accurate records help the community better plan its expenses and projects. VII In these situations ~ · Those who are unable to contribute in any way to work fairshare. · Those who are out of town for over 4 consecutive weeks at a time. · 'Absentee' owners - defined as those with units for sale who are no longer actively involved in the community; and those with an essentially empty unit who are likewise uninvolved. ~ it is recommended that a monthly sum of $125.00 be added to HOA fees, to enable the community to maintain the property and services. It is possible that some members on fixed incomes may become unable to pay increases in condo fees, special assessments or pay an increase in HOA fees when they cannot contribute time. In this event, on a case by case basis, the Board can offer special options, including: Deferment of all or a part of condo fees and Work Fairshare payments to be fully reimbursed with interest paid from the first dollars from the sale of that unit when it closes. This becomes a binding agreement on the member and his/her heirs. (This option balances personal responsibility, provision for special individual needs and sustainability of the community.)
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