Low wage workers rally for a Fair Work Week in Maryland

Low wage workers from a variety of industries including restaurant, retail, hotel, and cleaning, held a press conference in Wheaton, Maryland prior to the Labor Day holiday to call for legislation to establish fair schedules that will allow balance in the lives of working families.

Employers, particularly in low-wage industries, frequently adopt scheduling practices that make it nearly impossible for workers to plan family or education time, schedule a second job, and more.

Advocates will introduce a measure in the Maryland General Assembly next year to ensure that workers have adequate notice of their schedules by requiring that employers provide employees with 21 days’ notice of their work schedules.

“Fair scheduling legislation is important in ensuring that all workers can have predictable, family-friendly schedules and are fairly compensated for the time they make available to their employers,” Adisa Muse, political director of Maryland Working Families said at the event.“ We will be holding a series of regional forums throughout the state on fair scheduling legislation this fall as part of our Women’s Economic Security Agenda legislative package.”

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Dels. Marice Morales and David Moon support schedules that work.

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Hilaria Bonila, a fast food worker, would like to spend more time with her daughter and be more involved in her education but her schedule is unpredictable.

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Del. Marice Morales knows what it’s like to grow up with a parent who has a unpredictable schedule. She pledges to work on #FairWorkWeek legislation in the Maryland General Assembly.

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Del. David Moon calls for action on #FairWorkWeek in the Maryland General Assembly.

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Claudia is a house cleaner and doesn’t always know if she can pay her bills due to her unpredictable schedule.

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Adisa Muse, Maryland Working Families political director, talks about our Women’s Economic Security Agenda, which includes #FairWorkWeek legislation, along with pay equity and paid sick days.

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Claudia wants her mother to have a regular schedule!

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