Office Hours and Upcoming Meetings

The ACLC now has standing office hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-4:30pm.

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

  • Jan. 11, 6pm:
    • Planning Yoho demonstration
    • Location: ACLC Office
  • Jan. 27, 10am:
    • Yoho Donor Protest
    • Location: 4701 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608-2549
  • Jan. 30, 6pm:
    • Membership Meeting
    • Location: Mennonite Church
  • Feb. 8, 5:30pm:
    • Living Wage Meeting
    • Location: ACLC Office

Upcoming Meetings, Posted in December

Month Week Day
January 2018
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
January 1, 2018 January 2, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: Just Healthcare Meeting

6:00 pm: Just Healthcare Meeting
January 3, 2018 January 4, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: Living Wage Campaign Meeting

6:00 pm: Living Wage Campaign Meeting
January 5, 2018 January 6, 2018 January 7, 2018
January 8, 2018 January 9, 2018 January 10, 2018 January 11, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: Yoho Demonstration Planning

6:00 pm: Yoho Demonstration Planning
January 12, 2018 January 13, 2018 January 14, 2018
January 15, 2018 January 16, 2018 January 17, 2018 January 18, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: Yoho Pirate Protest Sign-making

6:00 pm: Yoho Pirate Protest Sign-making
January 19, 2018 January 20, 2018 January 21, 2018
January 22, 2018 January 23, 2018 January 24, 2018 January 25, 2018 January 26, 2018

Category: General4:30 pm: Yoho Pirate Protest

4:30 pm: Yoho Pirate Protest
January 27, 2018 January 28, 2018
January 29, 2018 January 30, 2018

Category: General6:00 pm: January Membership Meeting

6:00 pm: January Membership Meeting
January 31, 2018 February 1, 2018 February 2, 2018 February 3, 2018 February 4, 2018

Upcoming Meetings, Posted in November

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

  • Nov. 14, 5:30pm, Just Healthcare meeting, at the ACLC office
  • Nov. 14, 4:45pm: Know Your Rights as a Santa Fe Worker!
    • Building P at Santa Fe College Gainesville
  • Nov. 16, 4pm: UF Faculty Senate, discussion on paying OPS Workers
  • Nov. 17, all day: Demand UF Pay OPS Workers for Missed Days! SIGN and SHARE
  • Nov. 28: Membership Meeting at the Mennonite Church
  • Dec. 5, 5:30pm: ACLC Board Meeting, at the ACLC Office
  • Dec. 16, 8pm: Veterans for Peace, Winter Solstice Concert, Unitarian Church
  • Dec. 19, 6-8pm; Holiday Potluck at: Working Food, 219 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville, Florida 32601

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

A Living Wage & the Right to a Union at Santa Fe College

-written by an anonymous Santa Fe employee

Over the past few years the Alachua County Labor Coalition has helped put millions of dollars directly into the pockets of working people through our efforts to combat wage theft and our living wage campaign targeting Alachua County’s largest employers. While we’ve had significant success with those institutions whose decision-making bodies are publicly elected—the City of Gainesville, Alachua County, and the School Board—other large employers who are not directly accountable to our community have been more difficult to reach. Among those employers is Santa Fe College (SFC), which is both nationally-recognized and a bedrock institution of this community.

While no one questions SFC’s mission or the great work that it does for this community, it is clearly not living up to its employer responsibilities as a publicly-subsidized institution. SFC’s President and four Vice-Presidents combined salaries (not including benefits) well exceed $1 million/year, yet the college maintains a large number of poverty-wage jobs as well as an army of part-time adjuncts and staff, with official college policy to keep those employees below 28.5 hours/week so that the college does not have to contribute to their health care expenses. The college was also found guilty of overtime violations in the past few years and forced to pay thousands of dollars in back pay to its workers. As with other large local employers, the Labor Coalition is calling on SFC to commit to raising all of its workers to a living wage, including a provision for health care. Other local employers, including Alachua County, Infinite Energy, the City of Gainesville, Nationwide Insurance, and the Alachua County School Board, have all committed themselves to a multi-year plan to achieve a living wage for their workers; SFC should do the same.

Unlike its sister institution the University of Florida, SFC workers have no union representation whatsoever and in fact, the institution has responded aggressively to undermine union organizing on campus. Recognizing that workplace democracy is the only true route to workers’ rights, and in light of SFC’s past actions, the Labor Coalition is also calling on SFC to commit to a union neutrality pledge, promising not to interfere whatsoever in workers’ right to join a union. That means no anti-union propaganda, no hiring big money union-busting law firms, and no retaliation against workers who support a union.

These are not radical demands. Any institution, but particularly one that is publicly-subsidized and so intensely focused on its branding, would be wise to acquiesce. Whether SFC and its Governor-appointed Board of Trustees chooses to do so will likely depend upon what they hear from the Gainesville community. If you’d like to get involved in the Labor Coalition’s living wage campaign and help to raise the tide for all workers in this community, please contact us at info@laborcoalition.org or 352-375-2832.