Baristas and fast food workers speak out about unstable and unpredictable schedules, and call for action by elected officials
More and more workers are expected to offer their employers 24/7 availability — but in return they get unpredictable & inflexible schedules. And that means constant insecurity, wasted time, and the unnecessary stress of a life that's been forced out of balance.
Everyone should have the right to know when they’re going to work and how many hours they’re going to get, but the big corporations are moving in the wrong direction. 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. Seattle City Councilmembers Gonzalez and Herbold are also expected to attend.
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 at workingwa.org and on Ustream from the Working Washington office in downtown Seattle: 719 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104. We'll also be live-tweeting at #ourtimecounts. Note: Space at this location to attend in person is extremely limited.
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