Students, low-wage workers rally to demand consistent work hours, advance scheduling

A big focus was how the demands of the Fair Workweek Initiative would help students.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — College students, Philadelphia school employees, and low-wage workers in the city gathered along Spring Garden Street outside the Community College of Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon to demand a fair work week and speak out against economic injustice. 

Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela is part of the Faculty & Staff Federation at CCP. That group helped organize the rally. She says The Fair Workweek Initiative focuses on schedules — "insisting that people should get two weeks notice of their schedule, that people should have accees to 40 hours a week."

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Also, Johnson-Valenzuela said, "It's definetly still about wages."

A big focus of this rally was how the demands of Fair Workweek would benefit college students.

"Their employers aren't respecting the fact that they're in college," Johnson-Valenzuela said. "They're not giving them consistent schedules, so we see that in our classrooms as well, the need for that kind of respect in the workplace."

Rymir Vaughn, a student, says that his managers schedule him when he's supposed to be in class at CCP, even though he tells them not to.

"And I don't want them to fire me because I'm late."