New Bill in San Francisco Takes Aim at Abusive Work Schedules

New Bill in San Francisco Takes Aim at Abusive Work Schedules

Yesterday, a new bill intended to curb abusive scheduling practices at chain stores, fast food restaurants and banks was introduced to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The Predictable Scheduling and Fair Treatment Ordinance, introduced by Supervisor David Chiu, would require employers at certain chain businesses to post work schedules 14 days in advance and compensate employees for last-minute schedule changes. If enacted, the bill would also require managers to pay a set amount when employees are scheduled to be “on call” but are not called in to work and to provide part-time workers the same access that full-time staff have to requests for time off and schedule changes. The ordinance would apply to any businesses with 11 or more locations and 20 or more employees, covering an estimated 35,000 people, or about five percent of the city’s workforce. Chiu’s ordinance constitutes the second portion of a groundbreaking package of legislation targeting chain retailers dubbed the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” which has been spearheaded by Jobs With Justice San Francisco. The first piece of the legislative package was introduced in July by Supervisor Eric Mar and would require employers at chain stores to offer more hours to part-time workers before hiring new employees and allow workers to keep their jobs for at least 90 days if the company is bought or sold. Gordon Mar, executive director of Jobs With Justice San Francisco, issued the following statement regarding Chiu’s ordinance: “Supervisor Chiu’s proposed ordinance represents an important step forward in addressing the critical issue of unpredictable schedules and harmful on-call practices impacting working people in our city. In the past year, we’ve heard loud and clear from...

Workers’ Rights Coalition Applauds Predictable Scheduling Ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 2014 CONTACT: Michelle Lim, Email: michelle@jwjsf.org, Cell: 480-363-9628 San Francisco, CA – Following the announcement by Supervisor David Chiu that he will propose a predictable scheduling and fair treatment ordinance for San Francisco’s hourly retail workers, San Francisco Jobs With Justice executive director Gordon Mar, who leads the Retail Workers Bill of Rights coalition, issued the following statement: “Supervisor Chiu’s proposed ordinance represents an important step forward in addressing the critical issue of unpredictable schedules and harmful on-call practices impacting working people in our city. In the past year, we’ve heard loud and clear from the community that a higher minimum wage is not enough to survive in San Francisco—people also need access to fair and predictable hours on the job. Together with the growing movement of workers who are part of our coalition, we are committed to fighting for the strongest worker protection policies to make sure retail employees no longer have to put their life on hold for last minute schedule changes, cancelled shifts, and on-call shifts, without certainty about how many hours they will get from week to week. As the second piece of the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, this legislation demonstrates real progress in the fight to confront the sharp economic inequality plaguing too many people in our community. We commend the leadership of Supervisors Chiu and Mar on this issue, as well as the work of the Predictable Scheduling Task Force, and are eager to work together to ensure that the final measure includes the strongest protections from each of the component bills, and reflects the best possible...

Supervisors Eric Mar and David Chiu Team With Broad-Based Coalition to Introduce Retail Workers Bill of Rights to Protect Part-time Employees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, July 29, 2014 CONTACT: Michelle Lim, (415) 349-3487, michelle@jwjsf.org   WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from noon – 1:00 p.m. WHAT: Press Conference prior to the introduction of Supervisors Eric Mar and David Chiu’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights Legislation at the Board of Supervisor’s Meeting WHO: Supervisor Eric Mar, San Francisco Board of Supervisor; Supervisor David Chiu, San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Michelle Lim, Jobs with Justice San Francisco; Tsedeye Gebreselassie, National Employment Law Project; Olga Miranda, San Francisco Labor Council and SEIU Local 87; Samantha Adame, Young Workers United; Panel of Current and Former Workers from Formula Retail Establishments WHERE: San Francisco City Hall, Room 278 San Francisco, Calif. – As the national conversation about low wage workers and income inequality continues to escalate, a coalition of labor, community and public policy groups in the Bay Area are coming together to tackle a new issue facing low wage workers: discriminatory, erratic scheduling practices, particularly in the retail sector. On Tuesday, the broad-based coalition, led by Jobs With Justice, will team up with Supervisors Eric Mar David Chiu to introduce the Retail Workers Bill of Rights, aimed at strengthening protections for retail workers held hostage by on-call scheduling, diminished hours and discriminatory treatment by employers on the basis of their employment status. The legislation is designed to hold the city’s largest retailers accountable to creating better quality jobs with all San Franciscans. “Our city has already made huge strides to improve wages and protect working people,” notes Supervisor Mar. “But the workplace is changing, and a changing workplace requires better, stronger regulations to protecting...

Retail Reality: Shifty Business

The Center for Urban Pedagogy worked with the Retail Action Project (RAP), and designers Joshua Graver and Maxwell Sorensen to make a short animation about the changing scheduling practices in the retail industry. Shifty Business helps retail workers understand that their experiences are not isolated events but a systemic approach to cost-cutting by their employers. It also helps policy makers see the effect these practices have on workers’...