Resolution 2020.12.01: Fair Workweek PA Campaign

Author: Jason L.

Co-Sponsors: Max B., Vicki F., Jenna G., Dustin G., Robert J., Andrew K., Josh M., Melissa N., Paul P., Isaac R., Andrew W.

Whereas, the fight over working time represents one of the primary struggles against elite domination and corporate control; and,

Whereas, the establishment of freedom from work represents one of the major achievements in the history of the workers’ movement; and,

Whereas, the contemporary use of “just in time” scheduling by corporate management threatens that freedom, leaving Pennsylvania workers with unstable hours and unpredictable schedules; and,

Whereas, the demand for a Fair Workweek represents a key working class demand to reclaim workers’ time from their bosses and entails universal protection of wage workers, advance notice for work schedules, good faith estimates of work schedules, guaranteed minimum hours of work, and predictability pay; and,

Whereas, the campaign for a Fair Workweek in Pennsylvania has attracted the support of the union movement across the state, including the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and UFCW 1776; and,

Whereas, Pennsylvania State Representative Elizabeth Fiedler introduced Fair Workweek legislation in May 2019 (HR 1436) and will return to Harrisburg next session to continue to fight for workers’ rights; and

Whereas, legislation for a Fair Workweek represents a chance at a meaningful improvement in the lives of workers, and a first step toward reclaiming control of time,

Therefore be it resolved, that Philadelphia DSA undertake a Fair Workweek PA campaign in support of Fair Workweek legislation authored by Representative Fiedler, whether HR 1436 or a bill introduced in legislative session 2021-2022; and,

Be it further resolved, that where feasible Philadelphia DSA mobilize members to attend rallies and legislative hearings in support of Fair Workweek legislation; and,

Be it further resolved, that the Philadelphia DSA Canvassing Committee develop and coordinate a program for members of the Local and members of the public to pressure Philadelphia-area representatives to support Fair Workweek legislation, using tactics including letter-writing, petitioning, phonebanking, and/or picketing; and,

Be it further resolved, that where feasible the Philadelphia DSA Steering Committee coordinate with other DSA locals in Pennsylvania to develop a statewide strategy in support of Fair Workweek legislation; and,

Be it finally resolved, that the Philadelphia DSA Steering Committee allocate a budget to the campaign for general operating costs in the Local’s 2021 budget.

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