[TheThinkTank] the virus and community bike shops, essential services thought

Sue Prant sue at communitycycles.org
Fri Mar 13 15:42:18 PDT 2020


We have 28 employees. 6 are salary. 2 are contractors. Some work very few
hours. Probably about 8 work only a few hours a week. There are 3 full time
paid hourly and then a bunch from 10 - 20 (hourly paid) hours a week.
With schools closed, we have a few dad's who would have needed to take PTO
anyway.
I'll let you know what we figure out in our financial analysis. I will say
our Financial Director (who does all the insurance, payroll, bookkeeping,
etc) has no shortage of work right now.



Sue Prant
Community Cycles
Boulder, CO

Sent from my phone.

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 4:33 PM Cyclista Nicholas <cyclista at inventati.org>
wrote:

> Sue,
>
> We're probably going to need to do that as well. Please keep the list
> updated with anything you come up with? Also how many employees you have
> responsibility for would be interesting in that context.
>
> Thanks!!
>
> ~cyclista Nicholas
>
>
> On 2020-03-13 22:03, Sue Prant wrote:
> > At this point we are asking hourly folks to use PTO. Thanks to someone
> > else's suggestion, we do have a few people building bikes at home.
> > Salary staff is mostly admin & we are going to do all the things we
> > never
> > get to - update web site, writing enough blog posts to last a while,
> > retooling reports, etc.
> > We are running financial models on what we could pay people if this
> > extends
> > into April.
> >
> > Sue Prant
> > Community Cycles
> > Boulder, CO
> >
> > Sent from my phone.
> >
> > On Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 3:57 PM Cyclista Nicholas
> > <cyclista at inventati.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Bob,
> >>
> >> Thanks for this important point. At our shop, we've had almost a
> >> thousand individual participants come through in the last three years.
> >> If we did our job, that many people out there in the community should
> >> be
> >> able to influence repair capability citywide, even without access to
> >> the
> >> shop.
> >>
> >> All,
> >>
> >> We're still evaluating our response, but I agree it's pragmatic to
> >> take
> >> extreme measures earlier, if for no other reason than to spread out
> >> (ease) the burden on essential medical systems.
> >>
> >> How are shops with employees paid hourly dealing with the notion of
> >> closing? Will employees stil be paid in some fashion, or are they
> >> essentially being laid off in the case of closures?
> >>
> >> ~cyclista Nicholas (Director, Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles)
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On 2020-03-13 18:38, Bob Giordano wrote:
> >> > Just a quick thought on 'essential services':
> >> >
> >> > I think that community bicycle shops are essential
> >> > for healthy, vibrant, socially just communities,
> >> > in today's 'modern' age.... especially as a long
> >> > term strategy to improve our cooperative systems.
> >> >
> >> > Community bicycle shops are likely not essential
> >> > as far as absolute survival and in the context of
> >> > remaining open during this pandemic.
> >> >
> >> > Hopefully we've all done enough community work
> >> > to help people learn skills to work together
> >> > and fix things, with our without a dedicated
> >> > space.
> >> >
> >> > Just wanted to put this thought out there, as
> >> > many shops are deciding how to move forward.
> >> >
> >> > Thanks, Bob Giordano, Free Cycles Missoula
> >> >
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