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...
Everything You Need to Know About San Francisco’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights

Everything You Need to Know About San Francisco’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights

UPDATE: 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. San Francisco will likely soon adopt a landmark bill of rights for an estimated 40,000 hourly employees of massively profitable chain stores and restaurants. Once enacted, the ordinances will serve as the first meaningful policies in the nation to ensure more people have job schedules with enough hours to plan their lives and take care of their loved ones. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the Retail Workers Bill of Rights for its second and final vote yesterday. The package of legislation is now headed to Mayor Ed Lee’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. Explaining the need for a bill of rights, Jobs With Justice San Francisco executive director Gordon Mar said the following: “All families need strong wages, stable hours and sane schedules to build a good life. But too many of our neighbors who serve our food, stock our shelves and sweep our floors have jobs that grant too few hours on too short notice and require them to be at the beck and call of their employers.” The Crisis of Scheduling The retail and food service industries are a growing employment sector in the United States, but the jobs are predominantly poor quality, with low wages, part-time schedules and limited employer-provided benefits. But meager wages alone aren’t to blame. Unpredictable, erratic schedules and inadequate hours keep many people who work in banks, grocery...

Groundbreaking Retail Workers Bill of Rights Unanimously Approved in Final Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 25, 2014 CONTACT: Gordon Mar, (415) 994-2496, gordon@jwjsf.org San Francisco, Calif. – Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Retail Workers Bill of Rights during its second and final vote on the measure. The package of legislation will help achieve fair scheduling and full-time work for 40,000 retail workers in the city. Gordon Mar, executive director of Jobs With Justice San Francisco, issued the following statement: “This is an incredible victory for people in our city who are scraping by paycheck to paycheck and hour to hour. San Francisco is on its way to ensuring more men and women in our community have schedules and hours that allow them pay their bills, plan their lives and take care of their loved ones. Some of the policies passed today will be among the first of their kind in the country.” Gordon Mar continued, “All families need strong wages, stable hours and sane schedules to build a good life. But too many of our neighbors who serve our food, stock our shelves and sweep our floors have jobs that grant too few hours on too short notice and require them to be at the beck and call of their employers.” The Retail Workers Bill of Rights is a comprehensive set of policies introduced as two separate pieces of legislation by Supervisor Eric Mar and Supervisor David Chiu. Supervisor Mar’s piece will encourage full-time work and job security while Supervisor Chiu’s piece will mandate equal treatment for part-time workers and give workers more predictable schedules, including requiring 14 days’ advance notice of their schedules while...
Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Retail Workers Bill of Rights on First Vote

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Retail Workers Bill of Rights on First Vote

Today, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a potentially precedent-setting package of legislation to address abusive scheduling practices at corporate retailers. The legislation is expected to pass a second vote by the board and be signed into law by the mayor in the next few weeks. The package of bills, advanced by community-labor coalition Jobs With Justice San Francisco, is a commonsense approach to help employees of massively profitable chain stores and restaurants achieve fair and consistent schedules with enough hours to plan their lives and take care of their loved ones. In a city boasting the second highest income inequality in the nation, these policies could usher in reliable and sufficient schedules for more than 40,000 people working in San Francisco’s chain stores and restaurants. Building upon the $15 minimum wage increase approved by voters earlier this month, these bills will mark significant progress toward making San Francisco a great place to live, work and raise a family. Gordon Mar, executive director of Jobs With Justice San Francisco, issued the following statement after the vote: “All families need strong wages, stable hours and sane schedules to build a good life. But too many of our neighbors who serve our food, stock our shelves and sweep our floors have jobs that grant too few hours on too short notice and require them to be at the beck and call of their employer.” Unpredictable schedules and inadequate hours are not unique to retailers in San Francisco. Companies like Walmart and McDonald’s have rigged the rules by intentionally denying employees more hours and implementing scheduling systems that wreak havoc on their ability to take...

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Groundbreaking New Labor Standard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 18, 2014 CONTACT: Gordon Mar, (415) 596-7847, gordon@jwjsf.org San Francisco, Calif. – Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Retail Workers Bill of Rights during its first vote on the measure. The ordinance will help achieve fair scheduling and full-time work for 40,000 retail workers in the city. Gordon Mar, executive director of Jobs With Justice San Francisco, issued the following statement: “This is an incredible victory for people in our city who are scraping by paycheck to paycheck and hour to hour. San Francisco is on its way to ensuring more men and women in our community have schedules and hours that allow them pay their bills, plan their lives and take care of their loved ones. Some of the policies passed today will be among the first of their kind in the country.” Gordon Mar continued, “All families need strong wages, stable hours and sane schedules to build a good life. But too many of our neighbors who serve our food, stock our shelves and sweep our floors have jobs that grant too few hours on too short notice and require them to be at the beck and call of their employers.” The Retail Workers Bill of Rights is a comprehensive set of policies introduced as two separate pieces of legislation by Supervisor Eric Mar and Supervisor David Chiu. Supervisor Mar’s piece will encourage full-time work and job security while Supervisor Chiu’s piece will mandate equal treatment for part-time workers and give workers more predictable schedules, including requiring 14 days’ advance notice of their schedules while discouraging last-minute schedule changes and...