Particularly in lower-wage jobs, unpredictable and unstable schedules are becoming the norm. This means that many workers receive their schedules just days or hours before they are to work, and they have little input into their schedules. Further, the timing of their shifts fluctuates from week to week, and the number of hours they receive (along with their paychecks) rises and falls unexpectedly. Many workers are juggling the demands of their jobs while also caring for families, working in second jobs, and going to school.

For these workers, volatile scheduling practices make maintaining an already delicate balance of work, family, education, and more, nearly impossible. Their challenges have ripple effects, touching children, communities, and the economy.

A growing movement of workers and advocates has mobilized to create new labor standards that protect workers from unfair scheduling practices.

San Francisco recently passed a “Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights,” and legislation to establish fair schedules has been introduced at the federal, state, and local levels. Workers are also gaining access to improved schedules through collective bargaining and campaigns to pressure employers to voluntarily change their practices.

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