TPSS Co-op and our Community

TPSS Announces Plan to Pay All Employees at Least $15 An Hour,

Challenges Other Employers in Metro DC Area to Do the Same

Earlier this year, TPSS Co-op and the union that represents our hourly employees began bargaining in good faith over wages, hours and working conditions.

Today the Co-op is pleased to report that we have offered, and the union tentatively agreed to accept, wage increases that will bring every TPSS employee, full time or part-time, up to $15 an hour or more. The raises will be effective on July 1, once a final contract is agreed to and ratified. Employees who already earn $15 or more will also receive increases ranging upward to $18. This is consistent, we think, with the progressive spirit of both the cooperative movement in this country and the community we serve.

We have made this offer because the Co-op's leadership believes that any worker who does his or her job deserves a "living wage," the ability to live at a decent standard and help support a family.

We recognize that the stores with whom we compete -- big global supermarket giants like Whole Foods and Giant and Safeway -- do not guarantee all their workers $15 and rely heavily on part-time workers to keep costs low at their workers' expense. We hope to set an example in the Greater Washington community and we challenge other employers to join us in promoting a $15 minimum wage for all their workers.

Under terms of the tentative agreement on economic issues, employees will get additional increases of 1% in both 2019 and 2020, receive annual bonuses of 2 to 4% contingent on increases in the Co-op's fiscal year net income, and employee gift card rewards for longevity on the anniversaries of their hire. Employees will also be able to share in a Paid Time Off (PTO) Pool to cover employee emergency leaves. We intend to extend wage increases to Co-op managers, as well, and they will be able to participate in the net income bonuses and PTO Pool. All full-time Co-op employees will continue to receive fully-paid health and dental insurance, reimbursement for deductibles and co-pays and generous PTO policies.

This economic package remains subject to resolving outstanding non-wage issues. Negotiations with the union resume on May 23. We hope you agree with us that TPSS employees at all levels are an important component of the Co-op's success over the past 37 years. When you are next in the store we encourage you to congratulate our workers for the role they play in serving our community.


Rachel Hardwick, President, TPSS Board of Representatives
Hussein Choteka, Interim General Manager
Irene Cox, Human Resources Manager

TPSS Co-op Diversity

Senior Discount - 5% discount for ages 65 and over

2017 "Poker Chip" Partners

Poker Chips
  • At checkout, poker chips are provided to customers who bring their own grocery bags. One chip is issued per bag.
  • Customers then select which organization to donate to, and place their poker chips in one or more of the jars.
  • TPSS will donate 5¢ for each poker chip donated to each organization.
  • Customers who require paper grocery bags from TPSS are charged 5¢ per bag. Subsequently, TPSS will make a donation of all proceeds received for bag charges to the organization of our choosing at the end of each quarter.

In 2017, we will proudly support the following local organizations:

Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department

Founded in 1894, the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department was the first organized fire department in Montgomery County. The department has been based at Carroll Ave and Philadelphia Avenue since 1927, with the current building opening in 2010.

The volunteers of TPVFD work alongside the career personnel of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service as both EMTs and firefighters, providing emergency response to Takoma Park and the wider area. The department has seen a massive increase in new members recently, making support for increased training vital.

Manna Food Center

Since 1983, Manna Food Center has worked to fight hunger, feed hope and transition recipients from a place of scarcity to prosperity.

"Manna stands as the premier food bank of Montgomery County, providing food to 40,000 individuals each year and helping distribute rescued food to soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters county-wide. Nearly every social service organization in Montgomery County relies on Manna to provide food to their clients, and we are honored to play our part in the strong social safety net."

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington

Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington (ACSGW) was established in 1983, and is a faith-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to help those less fortunate in our community.

"We empower those in need through compassionate emergency care, life education, and community development. ACSGW currently provides case management, food, clothing, emergency financial assistance, health and fitness programs, technology education, and job-training."

ECO City Farms - SEED 2 FEED Summer Youth Program

Established in 2010, ECO City Farms is an educational, non-profit organization located in Prince George’s County, Maryland designed to serve as a prototype for sustainable local urban farming.

"Through the hands-on work of growing food, cooking, and food justice outreach, our summer SEED 2 FEED program will grow strong, healthy, and inspired teens who live in Prince George’s County. We create a safe space where they can experience leadership development, personal growth, collaboration and job training."

Additional organizations that we have supported this year:

MLK Food Drive Takoma Park
Let's Play America
Takoma Park 5K Challenge
Takoma Education Group
Crossroads Community Food Network
NIH Bike to Work Day
Takoma Park House & Garden Tour
Summer Drum Circles at Takoma Park Gazebo
The Climate Collaborative
CHEER - Community Health & Empowerment through Education & Research
Shepherd's Table
Feeding Texas
Hispanic Federation
Real Food for MoCo Kids
TPSS Community Kitchen
Crossroads Farmers Market
Social Conscious Events
Washington Adventist University
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church

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Local Farmers

Just a few of our local vendors:
(updated Sept 2017)

4 Quarter’s Farm
7 Locks Brewing
Affiyah’s Circle
Akron Tea House
Andrew & Everett
Asmar’s Mediterranean
Baguette Republican
Baltimore Baked Goods
Bates Family Farm
Beautiful Universe
Bee George
Bete Ethiopian
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Boordy Vineyards
Breads Unlimited
Brigit True Organics
Café Kreyol
Canela Bakery
Cherry Glen
Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Chesapeake Choice
Dallas Popcorn
DC Brau
DC Dills
DC Vegan
Demeter Pantry
Denizens Brewing Co.
Diya Candles
Dogfish Head Brewery
Dr. Gordshell’s
Drinkmore Water
Elk Run Vineyard & Winery
Erivan Yogurt
Everlasting Life
Flying Dog Brewery
G Natural Hair Product
Garrett Valley
George’s Veggie Garden
Golden Angels Apiary
Gunter’s Honey
Harrisburg Dairies
Heba’s Health Food’s Inc.
Hex Ferments
Holistic Home
Hummingbird Farms
Jail Break Brewing Company
Jehovah-Jireh Farm
Joseph Sushi
Karlaca Coffee Company
Katz District Coffee
La Pasta
Lancaster Farm Cooperative
Lancaster Food Company
Licking Creek Bend Farms
Manor Hill Brewing
Melanie’s Medley’s
Michele’s Granola
Michelle Bailey Cards
Milton’s Local
Mobtown Fermentation
Morenko’s Icecream
Nagadi Coffee
Nana’s Cocina
Natural by Nature
Natural Zing
Nature Reflections
Nature’s Yoke
Nisani Farm
Old Time Bakery
Olive Tree
Oliver Brewing Co.
Peabody Heights Brewery
Plainville Farms
Port City Brewing
Potomac Sprout Company
Potomac Whole Foods
Really Raw Honey
Route 11 Potato Chips
Sangha Peace Project
Seven Stars
Shiloh Farms
Soap Box
Souper Girl
Sun Neen
Sunnyside Gourmet
Sweet and Natural
The Fillo Factory
The Greek Table
The S & S Maple Camp
Three and a Half Peppers
Tio Gazpacho
Toigo Orchards
Trickling Springs Creamery
True Pop
Truly Life
Tuscarora Farm
Twin Oaks Community Foods
Ula Tortilla
Uncle Bruthas
Washington Homeopathy
Zeke’s Coffee

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