"Our time counts!" — Workers to speak out about how unpredictable, insecure schedules affect their lives, and call for action
It’s a growing issue for hundreds of thousands of Seattle workers: instead of offering predictable shifts and reliable hours, more and more companies like Amazon, McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Safeway are demanding 24/7 availability, even for part-time jobs.
The big corporations are moving in the wrong direction, so now fast food, coffee, and other workers are launching a campaign for secure schedules that offer the stability and flexibility you need to care for your family, contribute to your community, and live a balanced life.
Who: Coffee and fast food workers, hosted by Working Washington Executive Director Sejal Parikh.
What: Discuss how unpredictable and insecure schedules affect their lives, their families, and their communities, and launch campaign for secure scheduling.
When: 10:00 am, Thursday February 4th
Where: The event will be livestreamed from the Working Washington office in downtown Seattle: 719 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. Note: Space at this location is extremely limited — please RSVP to reserve access. If you cannot attend in person, note that the forum will be streamed live online at workingwa.org and covered on the hashtag #ourtimecounts.
Nobody can live their life on a few day’s notice. If you don’t get your schedule until right before the workweek starts, your whole life becomes a constant scramble and it’s almost impossible to make time to help your kids with their homework, participate in your community or even just make an appointment. And you can’t make a budget if you can’t predict your paycheck because your hours change dramatically from one week to the next.
Starbucks baristas have appealed to Howard Schultz to address these issues at the giant coffee company, but they have yet to receive a response after several attempts. Now workers are calling on elected officials to ensure we have secure schedules that give us the stability and flexibility we need to care for our families, contribute to our communities, and live balanced lives.
Visit our website for more details on the #ourtimecounts campaign.
Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington: firstname.lastname@example.org