Why do retail workers need a bill of rights?

Because if you want to work full-time, you should be able to

Because your career should have a future

Because raising the minimum wage just isn't enough

Because families need schedules they can depend on

San Francisco's retail industry has a problem.

Workers in highly profitable chain stores and fast food restaurants in our city are struggling to get by, and raising the minimum wage just isn’t enough.

Most retail employees aren’t living paycheck to paycheck, they’re living hour to hour, thanks to industry practices that grant too few hours on too short notice and require workers to be at the beck and call of their employer.

We’re calling on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to pass the Retail Workers Bill of Rights to ensure more workers in our city have stable jobs with enough hours to make ends meet.

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Introducing the Retail Workers Bill of Rights


Full-Time Hours

Retail store, restaurant, and bank workers have the right to be offered more hours before an employer may hire additional part-time workers.

On-Call Pay

Retail store, restaurant and bank workers have the right to a premium pay if they are required to be “on-call” for a shift or their shift is canceled with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Equal Treatment for Part-Time Workers

Part-time retail store, restaurant and bank workers have the right to equal treatment by their employer with respect to their rate of pay, access to time off, or opportunities for promotion.

Job Security

Retail store, restaurant, and bank workers have the right to keep their job for at least 90 days if their company is bought or sold.

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Press Coverage

Beyond the Minimum Wage: What’s Really Keeping Hourly Workers in Poverty? (Opinion)

August 6, 2014
Talk Poverty | Sarita Gupta

A ‘Bill of Rights’ for San Francisco’s Retail Workers

August 5, 2014
In These Times | Julia Wong

Beyond The Minimum Wage: Just Hours And Fair Scheduling Critical In The Fight Against Inequality (Opinion)

July 30, 2014
BeyondChron | Gordon Mar

The Week That Workers Won (At Least a Little)

July 30, 2014
Huffington Post | Amy Traub

SF: Supervisor proposes ‘Retail Workers Bill of Rights’

July 30, 2014
KTSF | Sean Au

Supervisor Mar Proposes Retail Workers Bill Of Rights

July 29, 2014
The San Francisco Appeal | Bay City News

Supervisors to address tenant buyouts, retail chains’ workers

July 28, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle | Marisa Lagos

S.F. supervisor wants ‘bill of rights’ for chain store retail workers

July 28, 2014
San Francisco Business Times | Annie Sciacca

Will San Francisco Adopt a Retail Workers Bill of Rights?

July 28, 2014
Racked | Robyn Hagan Cain

The Debate Over Part-Time Work

July 23, 2014
KQED | Host: Michael Krasny

Fight inequality – schedule fair work hours (Opinion)

July 22, 2014
SF Gate | Eric Mar and Samantha Adame