Mētis Construction is a community of highly skilled and motivated craftspeople who have come together to form a worker-owned and controlled company. It is our goal to create and maintain a structure that will remain in place for future generations of craftspeople – a structure that promotes the practice and teaching of the trades and the fostering of craft – a structure that facilitates worker ownership and hence promotes the financial viability of the trades as a career choice. We hope to provide an alternative business model – one that doesn’t lead to the alienation of individuals from the products of their labor, from the people with whom they work, from the people for whom they produce and from the natural world.
To this end, we have converted Mētis to a worker-owned and controlled company – a company guided by the idea of the Triple Bottom Line (People Planet Profit) in both its operations and governance. Mētis is held by a worker ownership trust that ensures ongoing adherence to the values on which Mētis was founded. The Mētis Trust Agreement provides for a path to ownership for any employee who pursues a career with Mētis. It is structured to prevent any individual or group from profiting from the sale of the company thus ensuring worker ownership of the company in perpetuity. Hourly wages at Mētis are based on skill level, productivity and experience and annual profits are distributed solely based on hours worked.
Statement on Equity and Social Justice
Mētis is committed to exploring the ways in which racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism and other forms of discrimination operate consciously and unconsciously to shape and limit the social and economic worlds we inhabit. We believe that implicit bias plays an even more profound role than explicit bias when it comes to discriminatory behavior – we believe that structural bias underwrites inequality.
In light of this, we believe that it is not enough to passively condemn racism, sexism, classism and other forms of bias – we believe that it is incumbent upon all of us to take an active stance against discrimination in its many forms. We will be anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-classist, anti-homophobic, anti-transphobic, anti-ableist, anti-ageist and anti-discriminatory in the broadest possible sense.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND OUR WORK
Rebecca Sherr Christian
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