NYC Mayor Signs On-Call Scheduling Ban

June 4, 2017

By Tara Jessup

June 4, 2017

RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum, with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to the right, speaks at New York City Hall before Intro 1387 was signed into law.

New York, NY –  On Tuesday May 30, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Intro 1387 into law, just days after the New York City Council passed the legislation that bans on-call scheduling for retail workers.

This crucial legislation finally ends the abhorrent practice of on-call scheduling – a system of scheduling that disrupts workers’ lives and their families’ lives by requiring them to be available to work even when they are not scheduled to work, and with no guarantee of an actual work shift.

“At a time when what’s happening in America should dismay us, New York City is shining a light on a different vision of who we are and what we can be. New Yorkers should be proud. 1 in 9 New Yorkers is a retail worker they are among the lowest wage earners in our city, they struggle to survive on often part-time work, barely making ends meet. We have showed that together we can end abusive scheduling practices. On-call scheduling is a pervasive and exploitive employment practice where workers do not find out until just before a scheduled shift if they will be required to work or not. Intro 1387, signed into law today by Mayor de Blasio, and passed by the New York City Council and the Speaker last week, puts an end to on-call scheduling in our city – Mayor DeBlasio, the law you are signing today will create some of the strongest protections for retail workers throughout the country. Workers will now be able to gain more control over their own lives and their ability to earn a living; they can plan childcare, plan their classes, get a needed second job, and help their elderly parents. The signing of this ban into law will help retail workers in New York City, not just survive, but thrive – and it sets an example for the rest of the country,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).

The RWDSU is proud to have led the fight against on-call scheduling, which disrupts workers’ lives and their families’ lives by requiring them to keep themselves available when they are not scheduled to work with no guarantee of an actual work shift. We work with retail workers, both unionized and non-unionized, every day. We know how on-call scheduling has made it impossible for workers to take a needed second job or plan for the basic necessities of their lives, including child care, education, or medical care. That’s why the signing of Intro. 1387 into law is so important. The new law takes away from employers a cruel, exploitative computer-driven system designed to optimize employer profits while sacrificing any considerations for working men and women. It will restore control and balance to the lives of working people in New York City and set a national precedent.

Under Intro 1387:

•    Employers will no longer be allowed to schedule workers to be on-call.
•    Employers will not be able to cancel a shift within 72 hours of the start of the shift except under extreme conditions like a natural disaster.
•    With worker consent, employers are able to add a shift within 72 hours.
•    Employers will be held accountable for any violations.

June 4, 2017

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