North Country Food Alliance is modeled on the principle that workers who are empowered within their workplace are happier, more productive, and better invested in their work. Therefore, we have an egalitarian system in which no worker has power over another and all decisions are made democratically. We democratically elect coordinator positions so that they are accountable to the people they serve. Hiring and firing decisions are made by the group as a whole.
To protect our workers' rights, we are unionized with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a union founded over a century ago to serve all working people. The IWW is an rank-and-file-run union in which all members have a say through direct democracy. Unlike most other unions, the IWW does not deduct dues from the paycheck, does not have paid staff people, and does not have a hierarchical structure. We feel the IWW is the best union with which to organize our workplace.
Our workers are a diverse group bound together by a devotion to environmental and economic justice, workplace democracy, and confronting oppression. Collectively we have many decades experience in the foodshare, canvassing, environmental justice, and food justice fields. We are committed to increasing food security in the Twin Cities through North Country Food Alliance's programs.