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A Slice of New York is now a worker cooperative!
ASONY has transitioned to a worker cooperative (co-op)! This will help us achieve
our goal of being a progressive Bay Area business, one that supports its
employees, the community, and provides great food and service. Membership is
open to all employees and is completely optional.
What is a co-op?
is a form of employee ownership. What makes co-ops
unique is they are businesses both owned and governed by their workers.
Strategic decision making is democratic, adhering to the
principle of one member, one vote.
Profits are earned based on hours worked.
Worker co-ops create long-term stable jobs, have sustainable business
practices, and are connected and accountable to their community.
What does our cooperative look like?
Our daily operations remain the same. Our original owners and founders,
Kirk and Marguerite, continue their roles within the company, but ASONY
is now governed by its staff. This means that co-op members make decisions
about things like workplace governance, annual budget, company direction,
and strategy. They also share in the profits and risks of the company on
an equal basis. Not all our staff are members of the cooperative, and we
may always be a mix of members and non-members, but we strive for an
ownership culture and a democratically governed workplace.
As a company, we believe in the
democratic process (see video)
and our goal is to provide
stability and growth opportunity. We believe in a just economy. Our purpose
in becoming a cooperative is to make, and keep, ASONY an enduring company
that offers members job stability and career opportunities in the local
community and in the local food industry. We believe the best way for
ASONY to continue to grow and prosper is to make sure the focus of our
business is on both the quality of our product and
the people who make, serve, and sell it.
To learn more about our process and co-ops in general (huge thanks to
for all their help!), please have a look
at the following articles...
SF Chronicle article (Feb 2017)
Metro Silicon Valley/San Jose Inside article (Aug 2017)
KPIX - CBS SF BayArea video segment (Aug 2017)
Thanks for 10 Years of Support - Sept 2016!!!
What a great time we had on Sunday, Sept 18, 2016.
The total slices sold in at the San Jose shop since opening - 872,840! Congrats to
Rory who guessed - 869,323 and won our contest.
We were honored to have the Mayor of Santa Clara and Sentator Bob Wieckowski's
office attend our ribbon cutting, where the Mayor presented us with a proclamation
and the Senator presented us with a Certificate of Recognition. And the best part,
Spiderman was there! Thanks Spideyfit
Thanks to the Santa Clara Weekly/Larry Sacks for writing a great
on the event!
Folllow us on Instagram
Mayoral Dough Cutting video
Ribbon cutting with the Mayor of Santa Clara!
Santa Clara Mayor Gillmor and Andrae Macapinlac from Senator Bob Wieckowski's office
Senator Bob Wieckowski getting a pie!