A Huge Day for San Francisco: Giving Retail Workers a Fair Shot at a Decent Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 8, 2014
CONTACT: Gordon Mar, (415) 994-2496, gordon@jwjsf.org

San Francisco – On December 5, 2014, the Retail Workers Bill of Rights officially became law in San Francisco, 10 days after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ordinances for the second time. This legislation will go into effect on January 5, 2015.  Jobs With Justice San Francisco Executive Director Gordon Mar – who led the coalition working with Supervisors on the legislation – issued the following statement:

“We are thrilled that this commonsense set of policies – designed to protect our friends and community members working to stock our shelves, ring up our purchases and manage our banking – has officially become law in San Francisco. Building on our city’s history of standing up for working families, we are proud to make San Francisco the first city in the nation to address the problem of erratic, unsustainable scheduling for men and women in the retail sector. The passage of the Retail Workers Bill of Rights should be heralded as a key step in tackling inequality and job quality and will help to make San Francisco a great place for everyone to work.

Jobs With Justice is proud that these policies received a veto-proof unanimous vote from the board. We look forward to working with city officials, employers, workers and other advocacy organizations to ensure that the new rules are implemented effectively, efficiently and fairly.”