With rents rising rapidly and the cost of living sky-rocketing for Bay Area residents we desperately need workplace policies that provide everyone an opportunity to get ahead. Most workers are paid by the hour, yet today’s workweek is changing—the 40-hour workweek and the 8-hour day are no longer the norm for a significant portion of the workforce. Outdated labor standards have left the majority of retail workers chronically underemployed with constant unpredictability and inconsistent schedules.
Without an update to labor standards for hourly work, more and more workers across the economy will be subject to extreme economic uncertainty due to fluctuating hours of work. To improve the lives of working people, we need new “fair workweek” policies that ensure:
■■ Predictable, healthy schedules;
■■ Healthy schedules with adequate rest; and
■■ Employee input into schedules;
■■ Access to full-time work.
In Emeryville, an ACCE Institute survey collected of over one hundred front line workers in retail and food service found that:
■■ A vast majority (68%) held part-time jobs;
■■ 82 percent of surveyed workers in these front-line retail positions were people of color;
■■ 8 out of 10 workers had hours that fluctuated week to week;
■■ Nearly two out of three workers (65%) reported that they generally get their schedule a week or less in advance;
■■ Over two–thirds of workers wanted to work more hours than they were assigned, and
■■ Over half (53%) of workers reported that they were scheduled “clopening” shifts, or back-to- back closing and opening shifts with fewer than 11 hours between for rest and commuting.
That’s why Emeryville retail and fast food workers are organizing to fight for a Fair Work Week. As the city with the largest number of retail workers in the East Bay, Emeryville is a critical place for us to launch the movement for not only fair wages, but also fair schedules.
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