'Fair Workweek' for part-timers in Philly? Thursday's council session will tell

Pat Loeb
December 06, 2018 - 4:00 am
A Philadelphia city council committee hears testimony, Tuesday afternoon, on a bill that would require employers to give part-time employees more stability in scheduling.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council is set to vote Thursday on a bill that would require certain employers to guarantee a stable schedule for part-time workers. The so-called "fair work week" bill has the backing of the mayor.

The bill has been months in the making, but it was just this week that the mayor said he would sign the bill if it makes it to his desk.

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"Every day we are working to develop new and more effective ways to help those living in poverty. That is why we agree that a fair work week for retail, food service and hospitality workers across Philadelphia is the right thing to do for all of our residents. This will go a long way to insuring our hardworking residents have the dignity of stable employment and a steady schedule," he said. 

The bill also has the backing of labor groups and progressive activists. 

Sponsor Helen Gym says it would be the most comprehensive law of its kind because it includes hotels, but that has earned it some opponents. 

It calls for extra pay when shifts are changed, but Ed Gross of the Hotel Association says that doesn't take into account the wide swings in occupancy that can be caused by unforeseen things like weather.

"When we do ask our team members to work, it's strictly voluntary. We felt that those team members should not have been subject to predictability pay," he said. 

The bill has been amended to address some concerns but not that one. 

The bill is among several measures being voted on Thursday.