September 23, 2017

Decent Hours

Our demands:

  • Fair scheduling – Hours that we can depend on and plan our lives around
  • Full-time, permanent work – Hours that we can live on
  • At least 3 weeks paid vacation
  • Further regulation of temp agencies

What our movement won in Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act:
As of January 1, 2019, workers will get 3 hours of pay for shifts cancelled with less than 2 days (48 hours) notice, and on-call workers will get 3 hours of pay if they are not called in or work less than 3 hours. Workers will also have the job-protected right to refuse shifts if the employer gives them less than 4 days (96 hours) notice. After 3 months with the same employer, workers will have the right to ask for schedule and location changes. Workers also won access to 3 weeks paid vacation after 5 years with the same employer.

Over the years, more and more employers have been moving to “just-in-time” scheduling that leaves workers scrambling at the last minute to organize their work, family and other responsibilities. That is why we organized for fairer scheduling, and will continue to organize until the law requires that employers give workers their schedules 2 weeks in advance. Temp agency work used to just fill temporary needs; now, temp agency workers can be working in the same job for the same company for months or even years on end. The most dangerous work often gets left for temp agency workers so that client companies can evade their responsibilities under health and safety regulations. We will continue to take on the temp agency industry to make these jobs more fair and safer for workers.


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