|Re: Work or pay||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: R.N. Johnson (cohorandayahoo.com)|
|Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 16:46:30 -0700 (PDT)|
--- On Mon, 7/14/08, cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org <cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org> wrote: From: cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org <cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org> Subject: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 54, Issue 18 To: cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org Date: Monday, July 14, 2008, 12:05 PM Send Cohousing-L mailing list submissions to cohousing-l [at] cohousing.org To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit http://lists.cohousing.org/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to cohousing-l-request [at] cohousing.org You can reach the person managing the list at cohousing-l-owner [at] cohousing.org When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific than "Re: Contents of Cohousing-L digest..." We have a work or pay system that is working pretty well. A couple of households decided of their own accord to pay someone to do their 4 hours a month of work party time, because of injury in one case, and lack of time in the other. The idea caught on and now most households who cannot do their work hours for a particular month pay instead. It is not formalized, and at least one person who almost never does his hours does not pay, but I would say 80% of our members either make up their hours at another time or pay to have them done. The pay system has worked well for us because we have a lot of people, myself included, who have some physical limitations, and so we have been able to hire "muscle" for the heavier tasks. Two of the people that are usually hired are unofficial community members who helped about half of us move in, baby sit a member's child, come to parties, etc.... This has made it easy to schedule. One complication is that sometimes they are show up, and no one has remembered to tell the work party straw boss to expect them, so we waste some time getting them set up for tasks. We have tried to formalize some way of tracking work hours, but none of them has really worked well. What makes our work or pay system work is that the non-working member is responsible for scheduling the paid hours, and we encourage scheduling your replacement to come during the work party, so that someone is around to let know what needs doing, and so that people witness that the hours were taken care of one way or another. I was personally against the pay system, because I was afraid it would diminish people's commitment to working in common, and not be fair to people who don't have the money to pay. In practice, I think it has worked out to strengthen our community commitment, by providing us with stronger backs to do the tasks that were intimidating to some of us, and by providing another option for people who are overwhelmed, on vacation etc... The class objection is a reality, but since no one is required to pay, has not created a major issue. Randa JohnsonNew Brighton CohousingAptos, CA
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