7/5/2017, noon | Updated on 7/5/2017, noon


CHICAGO - Aldermen, advocates and workers stood together recently to announce the introduction of the “Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance,”

which would make needed reforms to employer scheduling practices for

working people.

Sponsored by Progressive Reform Caucus Chair Ald. Scott Waguespack (32), Ald. Toni Foulkes (16) and Ald. Ameya Pawar (47), the Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance addresses the changing nature of the workforce, especially for hourly and part-time workers hired by major corporations. “Increasingly, major corporate employers have made it common practice to ignore the input and real time needs of their employees in the scheduling

process. Scheduling logistics do not just apply to corporate interests: working families deserve to have notice to have autonomy and structure in their lives beyond the workplace,” according to a released statement about the ordinance.

Also voicing support for the ordinance were Black Caucus Chair Ald. Roderick T. Sawyer (6), Ald. Ricardo Muñoz (22), Ald. John Arena (45), Ald. Raymond Lopez (15), Ald. Deb Mell (33) and other aldermen, representatives from Fight for 15, Jobs with Justice Chicago, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881, AFSCME Council 31, SEIU Local 1,

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, the Raise the Floor Alliance, Chicago Foundation for Women, Women Employed, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, Chicago Workers Collaborative, Sierra Club Illinois and Chicago Votes Action Fund, among other groups.

“Chicagoans, and hourly workers across the country, are given little control over their work schedule, scheduled last minute for work, required to remain on call without compensation, and have their hours cut short without notice, again without compensation or forewarning,”

said Ald. Foulkes. “These scheduling practices make it difficult for many Chicagoans to support their families, stay healthy, go to college, and build thriving communities.”

“Too many Chicagoans are either working too few hours to make ends meet or are saddled with workweeks that never end,” said Ald. Waguespack. “Our working families need stability in order to care

for family members, attend college classes, or work second jobs. The

Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance will ensure Chicago workers have a

schedule they can count on.”

“Today’s workweek is more like 24/7 than 9-to-5,” said Ald. Pawar.

“Chicago workers are expected to be available all the time – and either

saddled with never-ending work or given too few hours to make ends

meet. Together, we can win a fair workweek and $15 an hour.”

Zach Koutsky, Political Director at the United Food and Commercial

Workers Local 881, also spoke in support of the ordinance.

“Our union strives everyday to ensure there is dignity in work. We

do that through fighting for good wages, benefits, an equal voice with

management, and importantly, predictable schedules,” said Koutsky. “A worker should be able to clock out and go on with their day knowing

when they’ll work next so that they can build dignity in their non-working hours either by going to school, caring for a loved one, or volunteering in their community. Our members deserve that opportunity and we think this ordinance will provide it to all workers.”