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...

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 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...

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...