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Join Sen. Warren and tell Congress: Stand up for working parents

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"Low-wage hourly workers, especially single parents, face unpredictable and erratic work schedules, which greatly impact their families and livelihoods. Pass the Schedules That Work Act now."

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    Join Sen. Warren and tell Congress: Stand up for working parents

    Millions of low-wage hourly workers, many of whom are parents, are given erratic and unpredictable work schedules by their employers. Work hours like these make it almost impossible to schedule childcare, work at a second job, or go back to school.

    Right now, retailers and restaurants are legally allowed to change employees’ schedules at a moment’s notice, without recourse or regard to a worker’s personal situation. But new legislation introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren would end this once and for all. Sen. Warren’s bill, the Schedules That Work Act, would allow employees to have a say in their work schedule and bring more stability to their family’s lives.

    Without basic workplace protections, these workers are one small personal emergency away from losing their jobs and falling more deeply into poverty. We must pressure Congress to protect workers’ access to fair and predictable schedules.

    Tell Congress: Pass the Schedules That Work Act now.

    Specifically, Sen. Warren’s legislation would require employers to:

    • Give workers with specifics needs, like childcare or health issues, more protections;

    • Allow employees the right to ask for better schedules to suit their family's needs;

    • Stop retaliating against employees for making work requests;

    • Provide clear and advance expectations for work schedules, including number of hours or on-call shifts.

    The biggest beneficiaries to predictable schedules may in fact be children. According to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, young children of workers who have nonstandard or unpredictable work schedules “are more likely to have inferior cognitive and behavioral outcomes.”1

    And there’s momentum behind giving low-wage workers better schedules. Major retailers including Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Williams-Sonoma are phasing out last minute on-call scheduling, and Starbucks has announced it will be bringing “more stability and consistency” to workers’ schedules.2

    But not all retailers, restaurants, and other hourly employers have followed suit. That’s why we must increase the pressure on Congress to pass this important legislation and give all workers the benefit of a stable and consistent schedule.

    Tell Congress: Pass the Schedules That Work Act now.

    Thanks for all you do to stand up for workers.

    References:

    1. Leila Morsy and Richard Rothstein, “Parents’ Non-Standard Work Schedules Make Adequate Childrearing Difficult,” Economic Policy Institute, August 6, 2015
    2. Noam Scheiber, “The Perils of Ever-Changing Work Schedules Extend to Children’s Well-Being,” The New York Times, August 12, 2015