Secure Scheduling: What's at Stake

Whether you work at Amazon, McDonald's, Starbucks, or Safeway, we all need secure schedules that let us bring work, life, and family back into balance

Everyone should have the right to know when they’re going to work and how many hours they’re going to get, but regular, full-time jobs are becoming a thing of the past. Instead, it seems like either you don’t get enough hours to pay the bills, or you get stuck with a workload that never ends — and you might not know which one it’s going to be until the workweek has already gotten started.

Thousands of Seattle workers don't even get their schedules until right before the workweek starts — which means life becomes a constant scramble. You can’t make a budget if you can’t predict your paycheck because your hours change dramatically from one week to the next. You can’t build a better future when you don’t have the flexibility to go back to school, get a second job, or start your own business. And you can't live your live on a few day's notice: insecure schedules mean it's almost impossible to make time to help your kids with their homework, participate in your community or even just make an appointment.

Seattle can ensure every worker has a schedule that brings their work life into balance and respects that our time counts. Modern scheduling software lets big chains predict consumer demand better than ever, and farther in advance than ever before. Instead of abusing this technology and playing games with our time, big chains can use it to provide secure schedules — and it won’t cost them a cent.

By requiring big employers to offer every worker advance notice of shifts, a right to rest, and access to hours, we can bring our worklives into balance and ensure everyone has the time they need to plan their budget, care for their families, and live their lives.

Secure scheduling means:

  • Advance notice of your shift: Every worker has the right to know when they’re going to work & how many hours they’re going to get. But too many workers — especially in fast food & retail — get little more than a day’s notice of their weekly schedules… and it can change at a moment’s notice.
  • Right to rest: Nobody should have to close down a shop late at night and then turn around and open up early the next morning. We need to eliminate clopenings by ensuring we can get at least 11 hours rest between shifts.
  • Access to hours: Part-time employees should have the opportunity to take on more hours before hiring additional employees.