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07/21/2014 | Restoring a Fair Workweek

On Capitol Hill, Top Democrats and Advocates Call for Fair Schedules for Millions of Workers

***Media Advisory for July 22, 2 PM, Capitol Hill, Washington DC***

Contact: Dan Morris: (917)-952-8920; progressivecities2014@gmail.com
Benjamin Linsley: (917) 232-0020; blinsley@populardemocracy.org

On Capitol Hill, Top Democrats and Advocates Call for Fair Schedules for Millions of Workers

*Fair Workweek Initiative and Federal Legislation Unveiled to Address National Crisis in Scheduling*

Lack of Stable, Reliable Schedules Identified as Most Urgent Workplace Issue for Three Key Groups in the Democratic Electorate: Women, People of Color, and Millenials  

WHAT: On Capitol Hill,advocates, workers, and experts will unveil the Fair Workweek Initiative, a national campaign anchored by the Center for Popular Democracy to address the most urgent workplace issue facing millions of Americans: unpredictable, unstable schedules. The campaign brings together organizations from around the country, and strongly supports the Schedules That Work Act, new federal legislation that will require retailers and other employers in the service sector to give workers stable, reliable hours. This groundbreaking legislation will be introduced by top Democrats including Rep. George Miller and Rep. Rosa DeLauro on July 22nd.

The Congressional briefing on the Schedules that Work Act will spotlight the lack of stable, reliable schedules as a growing national crisis in the American workplace that Democrats around the country should seize on and highlight during the upcoming mid-term elections.

WHERE: U.S. House of Representatives, Cannon House Office Building Room 234, Washington D.C.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

WHO: Key speakers and participants are listed below.

  • Carrie Gleason, Director of the Fair Workweek Initiative, Center for Popular Democracy
  • Worker leaders from OUR Walmart, Retail Action ProjectRetail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU/UFCW)Wisconsin Jobs Now, & Restaurant Opportunities Center United
  • Susan Lambert, Associate Professor at the University of Chicago
  • Sherry Leiwant, Co-President, A Better Balance
  • Jodie Levin-Epstein, Deputy Director, Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Paul Sonn, Legal Director, National Employment Law Project (NELP)
  • Liz Watson, Director of Workplace Justice for Women, National Women’s Law Center
  • The Congressional Briefing for the Schedules that Work Act is supported by: 9to5, A Better Balance, Center for Law and Social Policy, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Family Values @ Work, Gender Justice, Good Jobs Nation, CTW, Jobs with Justice, Labor Project for Working Families, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, National Council of Women’s Organizations, National Employment Law Project, National Partnership for Women & Families, OUR Walmart, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Retail Action Project, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, Taskforce on Older Women’s Economic Security, UNITE HERE, United Food and Commercial Workers, and Women Employed.