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May 29, 2019

Fair Workweek Ordinance Reintroduced with Strong City Council Support

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May 29, 2019

Contact: Jake Lewis

jlewis@chicagolabor.org

 

Fair Workweek Ordinance Reintroduced with Strong City Council Support

30 Alderman Sign On As Co-Sponsors to Critical Legislation to Provide Stability for Low-Wage Workers

 

CHICAGO – The Fair Workweek Ordinance was reintroduced today to the Chicago City Council with 30 co-sponsors. The ordinance provides stable schedules for low-wage workers and compensation pay in the case of late-changing work hours. The reintroduction comes as Mayor Lori Lightfoot called the Fair Workweek “absolutely essential” and said passage of the ordinance was “critically important.”

 

“I am honored and humbled to take the chair of the Committee on Workforce Development, and I am ready to put the City Council on the side of working families,” said Committee on Workforce Development Chair Sue Sadlowski Garza. “The Fair Workweek Ordinance is a great start towards that goal. This compromise ordinance will provide workers with the stability they need to care for family members, improve their education, and save for the future without overburdening Chicago's thriving business community. I look forward to the passage of this ordinance through the Workforce Committee and the full City Council as soon as possible.”

 

“Working people in the greatest city in the world deserve a safe and stable workplace,” said Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter. “For far too long, workers, especially low-wage workers, women, and people of color, have had to deal with their hours changed or cut with short notice. At the outset of this new City Council, the Chicago Federation of Labor and the Chicago Fair Workweek Coalition will continue to work collaboratively with stakeholders to deliver stability for Chicago’s working families. It is time for the City Council to get to work for working families.” 

 

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