The Stranger: Hear from Workers About Why They Need Secure Scheduling in Seattle

Originally published on TheStranger.com, Heidi Glover
June 16, 2016

In the fight over new scheduling laws, some local business leaders have claimed unpredictable scheduling is a real problem. Hopefully, those business leaders are planning to be at the Impact Hub tonight.

That's where Working Washington—the union-backed advocacy group organizing workers for new scheduling laws—is hosting a story slam to hear from workers who've struggled with unpredictable scheduling.

Short notice about work schedules can make it hard for low-wage workers to get a second job, return to school, or find childcare, and unpredictable hours can make it hard to pay their bills. Working Washington wants the city to require large companies to provide at least two weeks advance notice of work schedules, pay workers when they're sent home early or asked to work "on call," and offer extra hours to existing employees before hiring new workers. The city council is currently in a mind-numbingly long process of deliberation about the issue.

Tonight's event, co-hosted by Seattlish, will feature former Stranger writers (and former retail workers) David Schmader and Paul Constant, slam poet Ebo Barton, and at least two current food service and retail workers. City council members Mike O'Brien and Lisa Herbold will be there too.

David Schmader, Paul Constant, and others will speak at tonight's Secure Scheduling Story Slam. WORKING WASHINGTON