Office Hours and Upcoming Meetings

The ACLC’s standing office hours are Mondays through Thursdays, 1:00 to 5:00 PM.

502 NW 16th Ave, Ste. 2B, Gainesville, Florida
Phone: 352-375-2832

See all events and details on the ACLC Facebook Events page!

General Membership Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each month, at 6pm.

Upcoming Board Meetings, at the ACLC Office at 5:30pm: June 12,  July 10, Aug 7,  Sept 4, Oct 9, Nov. 13, Dec 4.

Marihelen Wheeler – Gainesville City Commission District 2 Candidate Questionnaire

1) Do you support paying a living wage to all County workers including part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted workers? (The ACLC defines a living wage as 125% of the Federal Poverty Level – currently $14.78 an hour).

a) How will you ensure contracted workers are paid the set wage?

I will work with the Commission to convince employers of the need to circulate monies in our community by increasing pay to the targeted living wage of $15 an hour. I will encourage those most active in this movement to continue to speak to the issue before the Commission and invite them to bring most affected workers with them to challenge any resistance to the goal. I will continue to support wage   theft recovery and help to set system in place for workers to report problems.

b) What is your plan to get us there?

I will continue the conversation forward so  to keep the focus and momentum towards the $15 goal. Moving people out of poverty also helps to insure that their children will go to school well fed, less stressed and prepared to learn. We can break the cycle of ignorance,neglect and despair by improving the living conditions of children and the elderly by supporting the work force. I intend to use my experience as a public school teacher of 32 years in North Florida to make this point firmly and consistently.

c) What ideas do you have to help improve wages and benefits for workers throughout our community?

As a teacher, I have the experience of working with families from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural communities. Many of those were not academics. One of my goals is to work with labor and the School Board to push for vocational training  options and renew respect for the trades. Our community goal must be to help provide the right jobs for prepared workers, and pay well enough so no working family lives in poverty.

2) Do you support providing paid administrative leave for part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted City workers in the event of emergency work closures (e.g., hours missed due to Hurricanes)?

YES

3) Do you support a “Renters Bill of Rights’” which would:

  • inform renters of their rights under existing laws
  • offer an alternative to costly courts to settle disputes over security deposits and damages
  • protect renters from high utility bills by enacting policies that require landlords to make basic investments in energy efficiency

YES

4) Do you support a local hiring preference that includes the use of certified apprenticeship programs for taxpayer funded projects?  

YES

Judith McNeil – Alachua County School Board District 2 – Questionnaire

1) Do you support paying a living wage to all School Board workers including part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted workers? (The ACLC defines a living wage as 125% of the Federal Poverty Level – currently $14.78 an hour).

a. How will you ensure contracted workers are paid the set wage?

I cannot insure it but I will collaborate with board members and the union to reach that goal.

b. What is your plan to get us there?

Collaborating with board members and the union representative that the pay scale is competitive.

c. What ideas do you have to help improve wages and benefits for workers throughout our community?

Represent the community well on the board by being an advocate for students in obtaining an equal and equitable education. The goal is to have educated citizens that will contribute to the local workforce.

2) Do you support providing paid administrative leave for part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted City workers in the event of emergency work closures (e.g., hours missed due to Hurricanes)?

No. I do not believe different agencies will have the funds to cover the costs incurred due to uncontrollable events: hurricanes, flooding, fires, high winds, airborne biohazards and power outages.  The event will cause funding constraints and state funding should be given to workers who provide the services. The severity will determine state voucher assistance to docked employees.

3) Do you support a “Renters Bill of Rights’” which would:

  • inform renters of their rights under existing laws
  • offer an alternative to costly courts to settle disputes over security deposits and damages
  • protect renters from high utility bills by enacting policies that require landlords to make basic investments in energy efficiency

Yes, I support a renter’s bill of rights since unforeseen events can cause a renter to lack funds.

4) Do you support a local hiring preference that includes the use of certified apprenticeship programs for taxpayer funded projects?

Yes, local citizens should be given preference to perform local jobs unless there are time constraints and the apprenticeship will hinder the project completion in a timely manner.

Ken Cornell – Alachua County Commission District 2 Candidate Questionnaire

1) Do you support paying a living wage to all County workers including part-time,
temporary, seasonal, and contracted workers? (The ACLC defines a living wage as 125% of the Federal Poverty Level – currently $14.78 an hour).

Yes

a. How will you ensure contracted workers are paid the set wage?

In 2015 the County Commission implemented an ordinance to establish a local government minimum wage starting at $12/hour for both county employees and contractors who choose to do business with the County.

b. What is your plan to get us there?

The current plan is to increase the local government minimum wage $.50/hour per year. We are currently $13/hr and plan to raise this to $13.50 for FY18-19.

c. What ideas do you have to help improve wages and benefits for workers
throughout our community?

Working with the Labor Council to lobby our largest employers (UF, Santa Fe, etc) to follow the County’s lead or even exceed what the county has done.

2) Do you support providing paid administrative leave for part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted county workers in the event of emergency work closures (e.g., hours missed due to Hurricanes)?

Yes

3) Do you support a “Renters Bill of Rights’” which would:
– inform renters of their rights under existing laws
– offer an alternative to costly courts to settle disputes over security deposits and
damages
– protect renters from high utility bills by enacting policies that require landlords to make
basic investments in energy efficiency.

Yes

4) Do you support a local hiring preference that includes the use of certified apprenticeship programs for taxpayer funded projects?

Yes

April Griffin – Alachua County School Board District 1 – Questionnaire

1) Do you support paying a living wage to all School Board workers including part-time,
temporary, seasonal, and contracted workers? (The ACLC defines a living wage as 125% of the Federal Poverty Level – currently $14.78 an hour).

Yes

a. How will you ensure contracted workers are paid the set wage?

We are currently working on our budget for the next year. We have set this as a priority in our strategic plan.

b. What is your plan to get us there?

We set this as a priority in our strategic plan and have been working towards the goal of a living wage for all of our employees. As of now, including benefits, we are close to $15.00/hour. We provide health insurance to all of our hourly staff if they work at least half time. This benefit, added to our hourly wage is close to $15.00/hour. We are looking at ways to increase the base pay to $15.00 over the next few years.

c. What ideas do you have to help improve wages and benefits for workers throughout our community?

One of the best ways for folks to increase their income is by professional and skills development. We should increase our partnerships with Santa Fe College and other adult education groups.

2) Do you support providing paid administrative leave for part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted City workers in the event of emergency work closures (e.g., hours missed due to Hurricanes)?

The School Board did pay our employees that worked over-time hours during the
hurricanes. The last I checked, we are still waiting for our reimbursement from the state forwages, food supplies and cleaning. If their work place was not open, we offered an alternate work place for the days so that their pay would not be affected. We build in “storm days” into our calendar. For those that could not get in to their work site for whatever reason, it was considered an unpaid day and was made up when we put our set aside storm days back into our calendar.

3) Do you support a “Renters Bill of Rights’” which would:
– inform renters of their rights under existing laws
– offer an alternative to costly courts to settle disputes over security deposits and
damages
– protect renters from high utility bills by enacting policies that require landlords to make
basic investments in energy efficiency.

I do support a “Renters Bill of Rights”

4) Do you support a local hiring preference that includes the use of certified apprenticeship programs for taxpayer funded projects?

Yes

Ty Loudd – Gainesville City Commission District 1 Candidate Questionaire

1) What are the biggest issues facing working people in the City of Gainesville?

Working people who are working hard and playing by the rules are falling behind. The cost of living is rising and incomes are stagnant, which makes affordable housing, utilities, transportation, and food harder to provide.

2) Do you support paying a living wage for all City workers including part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted workers? (The ACLC defines a living wage as 125% of the Federal Poverty Level – currently $14.78 an hour).

     a. How will you ensure contracted workers are paid the set wage?

     b. What is your plan to get us there?

I will always support a living wage for all workers. Employment should be beneficial not a burden. I would like to see a wage boards. Also, collaborations with other state agencies to see how they track and provide ways for employees not to be afraid to stand up.

3) What other ideas do you have to help improve wages and benefits for workers throughout our community?

Teaching skill sets, and apprenticeship programs,  so that the community will have greater chance to be hired for jobs that pay a livable wage with benefits. We need to provide streamlines straight to employment that provides sustainably.

4) Do you support providing paid administrative leave for part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted City workers in the event of emergency work closures (e.g., hours missed due to Hurricane Irma)?

Yes I do. A day not paid, is a day that the bottom can fall out. There has to be a safety net for all employees.

5) If you are an employer: Do you pay all your workers a living wage? If you do not: How are you making an effort to do so?

Not Applicable

6) Do you support a “Renters Bill of Rights’” which would:

  • inform renters of their rights under existing laws
  • offer an alternative to costly courts to settle disputes over security deposits and damages
  • protect renters from high utility bills by enacting policies that require landlords to make basic investments in energy efficiency

Yes, this is being proactive to increasing and protecting affordable housing.

7) Do you support a local hiring preference that includes the use of certified apprenticeship programs for taxpayer funded projects?

Yes, this creates better connections to prospective employers that pay livable wages.

Gigi Simmons – Gainesville City Commission District 1 Candidate Questionaire

1) What are the biggest issues facing working people in the City of Gainesville?

Increasing costs of living without increases in wages, healthcare costs, lack of affordable housing, transportation costs/access, childcare costs/access

2) Do you support paying a living wage for all City workers including part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted workers? (The ACLC defines a living wage as 125% of the Federal Poverty Level – currently $14.78 an hour)

     a. How will you ensure contracted workers are paid the set wage?

     b. What is your plan to get us there?

I support a living wage for all City workers. Companies that contract with the City must place a notice of the City’s living wage and wage theft policies in the workplace. Contracted companies must provide documentation to the City of compliance with living wage policies. If non-adherence to the policy becomes a problem, I support periodic audits. Multiple violations would harm future contacts between the City and violating businesses.

I support a step-up policy to get to a living wage while also looking at wage compression at the mid-to-lower paid positions

3) What other ideas do you have to help improve wages and benefits for workers throughout our community?

The work that the Alachua County Labor Coalition has done to bring attention to improving wages from the county’s top employers is a big step in making workers and employers aware. Many of the inequity problems we are studying and attempting to address are related to poverty due to low-paying jobs. Jobs and wages must be a constant part of the conversation about solving these inequities.

4) Do you support providing paid administrative leave for part-time, temporary, seasonal, and contracted City workers in the event of emergency work closures (e.g., hours missed due to Hurricane Irma)?

Yes.  No one can predict the damages a natural disaster may cause nor adequately prepare or assist the most vulnerable in the aftermath.  I support providing leave for part-time, temporary, seasonal and contracted City workers. We owe it to our employees to make sure that peace of mind is afforded in such times and that no matter the circumstances as an employer we value their commitment in helping to serve the residents of this great City.

5) If you are an employer: Do you pay all your workers a living wage? If you do not: How are you making an effort to do so?

Yes. Often times in the past I’ve had to hire additional staff and I made sure they were paid a living wage.

6) Do you support a “Renters Bill of Rights’” which would:

  • inform renters of their rights under existing laws
  • offer an alternative to costly courts to settle disputes over security deposits and damages
  • protect renters from high utility bills by enacting policies that require landlords to make basic investments in energy efficiency

Yes. Information is important and we should make it easy for people to know their rights, including rights as renters. And an alternative to court make sense for rental disputes. The wage recovery ordinance has been an effective local, alternative solution to court fees that low-wage workers, many of whom are renters, are unable to pay. I know that utilities are a heavy burden on a monthly budget. Weatherizaton of homes is one piece of the puzzle in lowering utility bills. I support finding ways to increase energy efficiency in rental units. High utility bills due to inefficient systems and homes are a problem in my district.

7) Do you support a local hiring preference that includes the use of certified apprenticeship programs for taxpayer funded projects?

I support using additional parameters that include social and economic requirements when evaluating bids for city projects. This may be in the form of a separate local hiring preference, or a general local economic impact preference. I want more vocational education training for young people in District 1 and in order for this to be successful, they must have a path to jobs after they complete their training. I need to learn more from the ACLC about local hiring preference and apprenticeship programs, but they are in line with my platform of more economic activities for District 1 and giving young people more choices for their future.