Councilmember Curren Price Introduces Fair Workweek Policy

LA City Councilmember Curren Price on March 1 introduced a motion that would bring relief to retail workers who face income insecurity over unpredictable, last-minute and fluctuating workweeks.

The Fair Workweek proposal, which was co-sponsored by City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. and Councilmember Paul Koretz, seeks to bring stability, predictability and flexibility in retail workers’ schedules. The motion requests the City Attorney to draft a fair scheduling ordinance.

“What good is a minimum wage if employees are unable to work enough hours to make ends meet?” said Councilmember Price, who was a champion of the citywide $15 minimum wage and is Chair of the City Council’s Economic Development Committee. “L.A. retail workers live in economic uncertainty, making it difficult to predict their income, make time for school, or care for their families. It’s time the City of Los Angeles support retail employees by adopting a Fair Workweek policy.”

The new policy, which would affect retail businesses in the City with 300 or more employees, outlines six key regulations including: written and posted work schedules, two weeks’ notice of work schedules, right to request a flexible schedule/right to decline hours without retaliation, predictability pay, right to rest between shifts of 10 hours and access to additional hours.

Last year, the UCLA Labor Center released its “Hour Crisis: Unstable Schedules in the Los Angeles Retail Sector” report, which surveyed retail workers to investigate the scope of the sector’s scheduling problem. More than 147,000 people work retail jobs in the city of LA. Retail is the second largest employer in the county: 1 in 10 workers in LA County are working in retail, 84 percent of whom lack a set schedule.

Los Angeles’ family-sustaining workweek plan would ensure stable and predictable work hours, opportunities to work more, healthier workweeks with adequate rest, and a greater voice in when and how much they work. The motion is expected to be heard in the City Council’s Economic Development Committee in the next 45 days. A final ordinance could be ready for review by the City Council before the end of the year. 

See motion below. 

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