Join us for our Bastille Day Celebration! Taste your way through a comprehensive assortment of French cheese, while learning about the history and production methods of these classic fromages. Event duration is approximately one hour and includes a tasty and informative presentation by Elyne Salagnon, our guest speaker from Interval USA. This will be followed by Q & A, and mixing and mingling over a glass of wine. A deliciously educational event not to be missed!
The Cheese Board Collective is a worker-owned Cooperative. Our Cheese and Bread division is looking for new members to share our business with.
Candidates must complete a six-month candidacy period before being considered for membership. We are looking for a long-term commitment, preferably five years or more.
If you are interested in applying please join us at our Open House (1512 Shattuck Ave) on either Sunday June 28 or Monday, June 29th from 12-3:00 p.m. to meet our hiring committee. There will be a short tour of the store. No interviews will be conducted at the Open Houses.
Please bring the following with you to the Open House:
We will only accept applications during the open houses. If you cannot make it to one of the open houses we will not be able to accept your application at this time.
We encourage people of color, women, queer and trans-identified folks to apply. We are striving towards a diverse, supportive, community and do not discriminate in our hiring based on race, gender or sex, religion, size, age, sexual orientation, marital status, economic background or educational history.
Members work together in a close-knit environment and are involved in every aspect of operating the business. Everyone is given the opportunity to learn every aspect of the business. It is a privilege and responsibility of membership to work towards the successful continued operation and growth of our collective. All candidate members are required to attend business meetings where the group makes decisions using a modified consensus process.
All workers (including candidates) are paid a living wage, $21 per hour. In addition, members receive a share of the profits based on the number of hours worked. We offer full medical benefits, plus a host of other benefits, including dental and retirement plans to members.
BAKERY AND CHEESE DIVISION
Candidates will be working 6-8 hour days, up to 40 hours per week during candidacy. We require that members be flexible and available to work all shifts during all production hours 4:00AM-7:30 PM Monday through Saturday. Full time work at the Bakery and Cheese Division usually means working 4 shifts and being available to substitute on a fifth day. Candidates usually start with 3 to 4 shifts. Business meetings are generally held monthly on a Monday.
Some of our tasks include waiting on customers with a strong emphasis on great customer service, selling cheeses, working the express line, making coffee drinks, cashiering, organizational duties outside of shifts, ordering, keeping up with new information re: new cheeses, preparing ingredients, making dough, and baking breads. We all share in the considerable amount of clean up work.
Work Expectations and Requirements of New Candidate Members
Enjoy a pairing of cheese and wine hosted by The Cheese Board Collective and Four2Nine Wine Bar on June 5th from 5-6:30. Tickets and information can be found at Brown Paper Tickets.
On May Day we always close the store in solidarity with the workers of the world.
Our hearts go out to the families that lost loved ones in the collapsed garment factory in Bangladesh. We take this time to remind us and our community of our commitment to workers rights all over the world.
Below is a copy of a sign we put in our window that helps explain the events of the Hay Market riots.
May 1st, International Worker’s Day, commemorates the efforts by workers throughout the world to attain control over their labor. Though the day has its historical roots and was first celebrated in the United States, we are one of the few countries where it is currently not a holiday.
International Worker’s Day began in the 1880’s with the struggle for an eight hour work day. Support for the movement grew quickly for at that time laborers were often working 12-14 hour days. The most famous event in May Day history took place in 1886 at Haymarket Square. There, on the evening of May 4, a meeting was called in support of strikers who were killed the day before. 3,000 persons assembled. As the hour grew late and the crowd dwindled to a few hundred a detachment of 180 policemen showed up, advanced on the speakers’ platform, and ordered the crowd to disperse. A bomb exploded in the midst of the police, wounding sixty-six policemen, of whom seven later died. The police fired into the crowd, killing several people, wounding two hundred.
With no evidence of who threw the bomb, the police arrested eight anarchist leaders in Chicago. The evidence against the eight anarchists was their ideas, their literature; none had been at Haymarket that day except one, who was speaking when the bomb exploded. All eight were found guilty and sentenced to die, four were hanged, one killed himself in jail, and three remained in prison. To this day it has not been discovered who threw the bomb.
While the immediate result was the suppression of the radical movement, the long term effect was to keep alive the class anger of many. Sixty Thousand people signed petitions to the new governor of Illinois, who investigated the facts, denounced what had happened and pardoned the three remaining prisoners. It is this event, both the tragedy of Haymarket and the labor victories which followed, that we remember on this day.
The Cheese Board has celebrated International Worker’s Day for the past 40 years by closing on May 1st. We choose to spend the day together, enjoying a picnic and discussing the beliefs that underlie our business philosophy and have brought us, as workers to the Cheese Board. For us May Day is not only a day to remember the past, but also a day to recognize that labor struggles still exist throughout the world. We celebrate labor on a day which has historical significance and political context to workers in other countries as well. We hope that you, our customer, will support us in our celebration of workers throughout the world.