This Labor Day, workers deserve much more than our words. They deserve our actions. We don’t need to look any further than our own city to see the power of working people leading on critical issues in our economy and society.
A study released earlier this year showed that an overwhelming majority of the city’s 130,000 service workers experience conflicts between their work schedules and their family care-giving responsibilities. That largely occurs because many large employers have changed the way they write schedules, in order to provide more flexibility for managers.
Parents shouldn’t have to choose between unpredictable work schedules and taking care of their children. But too many do.
This lack of worker protections is one reason organizations such as One PA are advocating for a “fair workweek” law that will regulate how retail companies schedule their employees.
A Philadelphia lawmaker had a sizable crowd cheering her on Thursday morning when she introduced legislation that would provide protections for 130,000 hourly workers earning the lowest wages at the nation’s largest corporations in the retail, food-service and hospitality sectors.
Around 130,000 hourly workers in the city would benefit from the fair work week protections, according to the bill’s sponsor, Councilmember Helen Gym.