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We are counting on you to show up to the fair workweek city council hearing tomorrow but we just got news that the Chamber of Commerce is doing an all out assault on Councilwoman Helen Gym's Fair Workweek legislation.
Unfortunately, its working.We need to push Councilperson Derek Green to support the bill. Green could be the deciding vote on this legislation. He needs to hear from Philadelphia workers across the city that we need fair, reliable and predictable scheduling.Call Councilperson Derek Green (215) 686-3450, (215) 686-3451 and tell him you’re expecting his support on this bill.
The fight over working time has long been one of the major struggles against elite domination and corporate control. It's easy to forget that it was the workers' movement -- with the help of more than a few socialists -- that fought and died for our right to a weekend.
But today, workers' hard-won right to free time is under threat.
The contemporary use of "on-call" scheduling by corporate management leaves over 130,000 Philadelphia food service, hospitality, and retail workers with unstable, irregular hours and exploitative, unpredictable schedules.
Through the Fair Workweek campaign, a coalition of 40 organizations -- including Philly DSA -- has worked to win the support of 8 City Council members. But we have to continue to pressure our lawmakers if we want to win for workers the dignity and respect they deserve.
Right now the bosses -- and their suit-and-tie goon squad -- are blitzing City Council to mislead, persuade and pressure council into denying workers the right to predictable scheduling and reliable work hours. To win, we have to show City Council that workers are paying attention; that we won't be intimidated by management's lobbyists; and that we deserve our time.
Philly DSA will be joining our allies at City Council this Tuesday, October 30 for a hearing on fair workweek legislation. We will meet at 1:45 PM at the Northeast Corridor of City Hall. Make sure to wear your DSA shirts and don't hesitate to contact Kilynn Lunsford or Jonathan McJunkin for more information.
Workers' time has always been political, and still is now. Wherever there is a political fight between the classes, we can be sure that management has the money, the courts and the politicians. But we have the strength of knowing that we are many and they are few.
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