About Us

Restif was started in 1983 as a sole proprietorship.  After a few years of steady growth it was purchased on January 1, 1990 by an employee owned co-operative and became Restif Cleaning Service Co-operative, Inc.  Every member then and since invests $5000.00 for a single share of the company.  The share cost is usually deducted from earnings and is paid over a number of years.  The paid in share values are converted to debt when employment at Restif ends and retired about a year after termination.  Interest is paid from the time of termination but the share value does not fluctuate.  The purpose of Restif is to maximize the shareholder’s return on their labor and is therefore our company is limited equity.  There is no speculation or earnings available on Restif shares.
 
The co-op is led by a five person board of directors.  The directors have staggered, three year terms so there is always someone with experience on the board.  The board election is held at the annual membership meeting.  Each shareholder has one vote regardless of investment level, seniority or position in the company. 
 
The board holds its principle gathering each year in December.  At that meeting they review the previous year, set a budget and goal list for the following year.  At that meeting also the performance of the general manager is reviewed.  The day to day operation of the company is delegated management in the manner of most corporations.  The manager of Restif has all the normal powers of a manager including the power to hire and fire.  However, the manager is hired and evaluated by a board made up of representatives of those who are managed.  Power and authority flow both up and down.
 
Teams of between three and ten cleaners provide the cleaning service.  New hires must be voted into membership by their team after a trial period of 10 weeks or 4 months.  These teams are structured to decentralize decision making, facilitate communication and maximize opportunity for patronage generation and distribution.  Restif distributes patronage advances at the end of each month allocated through a two stage system.  The first stage is the savings generated by each team and the second stage is a per work hour differential modifier designed by the team itself.  For example a janitorial team lead usually makes $1.30 patronage per work hour for every $1.00 patronage per work hour paid to a brand new cleaner member.  Window washers and carpet/floor cleaners, on the other hand, have a bigger differential based on skill and productivity. 
 
Restif strives to maximize patronage and minimize wages since patronage incurs neither wage burden costs nor corporate income taxes.  This is a major savings for Restif shareholders and gives our company a competitive advantage.
 
Restif has several janitorial teams, a floor and carpet cleaning team, a window washing team, an empty unit cleaning team, a maid service team and an office team.  We also have a night shift supervisor, a day shift supervisor a operations manager and a general manager.  Employment at Restif varies between 35 and 45 depending on the season.
 
If you need additional information please contact me at natalie@restif.com.
 

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