San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar introduced the first half of a “Retail Workers Bill of Rights,” which would require formula retail companies—which include stores such as Target, Lowe’s, The Gap, McDonald’s and Starbucks—to offer more hours of work to current employees before hiring additional workers. Other issues addressed will include promoting full-time work and access to hours, discouraging abusive on-call scheduling practices, encouraging fair, predictable schedules, and encouraging worker retention and job security, even when companies are bought or sold (Retail Workers Rights).
“The lack of sufficient hours doesn’t just force individuals to struggle to pay their bills; the unpredictability of work schedules makes it difficult to plan the rest of one’s life. For workers with family caretaking responsibilities or health concerns, this can make scheduling childcare or medical appointments almost impossible. It also creates difficulties for people trying to work more than one job or attend classes,” reports Julia Wong.
“With its goals of promoting steady working conditions, the proposed ordinance is similar to the Schedules That Work Act introduced to Congress by Representatives George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), and Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Like the ordinance in San Francisco, the bill would require guaranteed pay for cancelled, shortened, or on-call shifts for employees; it would also compensate them for “split shifts.” The act is broader in scope than San Francisco’s: Beyond “formula retail” stores, its aforementioned protections would extend to everyone in the retail, janitorial, and food service sectors.”