Massachusetts Jobs with Justice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After $15/hour minimum wage victory,
Massachusetts workers set eyes on Fair Workweek bill
July 9, 2019- On Tuesday, July 9, the Massachusetts Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will hold a legislative hearing for the House version of the Fair Workweek Bill. Impacted workers, advocates for women and families, and labor leaders will testify in support of the Fair Workweek bill. Across the Commonwealth and the country, working families face unpredictable work schedules, underemployment, and insecure incomes. These families struggle to meet basic expenses and to plan for childcare, meals, and doctor visits. A Fair Workweek would ensure that working people have predictable, stable hours with flexibility and opportunity to work full time.
The Fair Workweek Bill, filed by Senator Marc Pacheco (S 1110) and Representative Sean Garballey (HD 3384), aims to give workers more control over their schedules, their time, and their lives. It does this by giving workers who work for a company that has more than 50 employees worldwide in the restaurant, retail, and hospitality industries the right to:
The issue of fair scheduling has reached national attention in the current presidential election cycle, and has become a policy priority for women’s organizations and workers’ rights groups across the country. Julie Vogtman, Director of Job Quality & Senior Counsel for the National Women’s Law Center says of the proposed Massachusetts legislation:
“When you don’t know when you’ll have to go to work or for how long, it’s virtually impossible to arrange child care, hold down a second job to make ends meet, or attend school to advance in your career. Women—who are more likely than men to hold low-wage jobs and still take on the lion’s share of caregiving in families—especially bear the brunt of unstable, unpredictable work schedules. And the stress of these schedules harms entire families, including the children for whom working parents must scramble to find last-minute care. The Fair Workweek Act will give people more stability, predictability, and input in their work schedules—and it will help them get the hours they need to provide for their families. It will build on the important progress Massachusetts has made to ensure that working women have the opportunities they deserve to succeed on the job and in the rest of their lives, so both women and their families can thrive.”
The hearing is at 1PM in room B-1 of the State House. Massachusetts Jobs With Justice is leading the fight for this bill and for fair scheduling for all Massachusetts restaurant, retail, and hospitality workers.
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice is a statewide coalition of more than 160 community, labor, faith, and student organizations committed to stopping corporate greed. We fight for good jobs, fair wages, strong public education, immigrant rights, and more. Together, we are building working class power and new leaders for our movement in our workplaces and our communities. For more information, visit www.massjwj.net. For more information on Fair Workweek MA, visit www.fairworkweekma.com and the Fair Workweek Hearing Facebook event.