Alachua County Wage Recovery Program Now Effective

The Alachua County Wage Recovery Program is in effect as of January 1, 2014.

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This ordinance allows employees to file complaints and recovery lost wages in Alachua County. If you, or someone you know is interested in claiming lost wages please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at (352) 374-5275 or email wagerecovery@alachuacounty.us

Visit the Equal Opportunity Office
105 SE 1st Avenue, Suite 1
Gainesville, FL 32601
The office is located in downtown Gainesville, across Bo Diddley Plaza and inside the same building as the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections Office.

View the Wage Recovery Program brochure PDF, which includes details about the Wage Recovery program.

Visit the Equal Opportunity Office website for frequently asked questions, or download Wage Recovery intake forms.

If there is anything that we can do to help file your claim, contact Jeremiah Tattersall jeremiahtattersall@gmail.com or anyone else with the Wage Theft Task Force

October 2013 Events

Hey Everyone,

We’ve got some great events for Alachua County Labor Party coming up in October that should be tons of fun for everyone involved! We’ve got all the details laid out for you, so check them out and come participate:

Just Health Care Meeting - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

ACLP office (Downtown Gainesville, Vidal Building 2nd floor, suite #204)

We will be discussing our upcoming “Health Care Around the World: The German Experience” event in October. Come and help us do outreach and plan for this informative and exciting event!

Newsletter Assembly Party – Tuesday, September 15, 2013 at 4:30 PM

ACLP office (Downtown Gainesville, Vidal Building 2nd floor, suite #204)

Join Labor Party Members assemble and prepare the Fall Quarterly Newsletter.

Just Health Care presents, “Health Care Around the World: The German Way” – Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Location TBD.

This presentation, led by Chad Hood and Garrett Quinlivan, compares the health care systems of Germany and the United States. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A discussion and a choice sampling of German food.

Gainesville Pride Days and Festival 2013 - Saturday, October 26, 2013 1 – 9 pm

Gainesville’s Downtown Bo Diddley Community Plaza

The Festival, co-sponsored by the City of Gainesville Department of Cultural Affairs, will have dozens of local musical acts and vendors lining the plaza from 1 to 9pm. A “Kids Space” will also be available. The event is free and open to the public. Come out and table with the Labor Party!

Want to see an event hosted by Alachua County Labor Party? Contact Marie or Robbey at aclp@floridalaborparty.org or call 352-378-2832. Dates and events will be updated whenever more information comes in!

What the Prince of Cambridge can teach the United States about the benefits of a single payer health care system

By: Dave Sterrett

Kate Middleton’s closely watched pregnancy revealed many of the benefits of Britain’s single-payer health care system. While the Duchess of Cambridge’s maternity care was exceptional given her stature, it turns out the United Kingdom’s health care system is one to be coveted by pregnant women whether their baby is royal or not.

Prenatal and birthing care is provided for free in the United Kingdom to all “mothers-to-be,” irrespective of their financial situation. This universal maternal health coverage surely contributes to the UK’s low infant mortality rate of 4.91 deaths per 1,000 live births. (The United States trails dismally behind with an infant mortality rate of 6.81 deaths per 1,000 live births.)

Not only are the UK’s health outcomes for infants better, but they produce these results at a fraction of the cost of health care spending in the United States. The UK spends 9.6 percent of its GDP on health care, versus the 17.6 percent we spend in the United States. Health care spending in the UK is $3,433 per capita, but a whopping $8,233 per capita in the United States. Finally, the average out-of-pocket health care costs for citizens in the UK is $306, while it’s $970 in the United States. The UK holds costs down even with a greater portion of its population over 65 than the United States (16.5 percent vs. 13.1 percent).

How can the United Kingdom achieve better health outcomes with lower health care costs while covering a larger percentage of its population? Through its single-payer system, which cuts out the middle man of private health insurance.

The UK does not waste billions of dollars on administrative costs and CEO bonuses that are a standard part of the employer-sponsored private health insurance system in the United States. With the government as the only intermediary between providers and patients, enormous efficiency gains are achieved. So, as the newest heir to the British throne celebrates their first few days on earth, let’s be grateful that they have highlighted the benefits of a simpler health care system that the United States would be wise to emulate.

Dave Sterrett is the health care counsel for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division.

Reprinted from Citizen Vox on July 25, 2013

http://www.citizenvox.org/2013/07/22/what-the-prince-of-cambridge-can-teach-the-united-states-about-the-benefits-of-a-single-payer-health-care-system/