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

Cyclista Nicholas cyclista at inventati.org
Fri Mar 13 16:25:42 PDT 2020


Than you, Sue.

Good luck, everyone. I'm very glad we all have this channel to reach out 
to one another.

~cyclista Nicholas


On 2020-03-13 22:42, Sue Prant wrote:
> 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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