ABOUT THE FAIR WORKWEEK INITIATIVE

Today a majority of working Americans have little to no input in our schedules and few workplace protections, resulting in workweeks that vary wildly and demand constant availability. Too many of us are either working too few hours to make ends meet or are saddled with workweeks that never end. Whether just scraping by hour-by-hour or hardly getting a good night’s sleep, America’s scheduling crisis has reached a breaking point.

We are becoming a 24/7 workforce. We want jobs that build towards a prosperous future – but our employers have been taking us in the wrong direction. Rather than treating employees as a resource for success, too many businesses view their staff as a cost to be contained, with no regard for our home lives or our personal aspirations.

Instead of using modern technology to deliver schedules that allow us to care for our families and meet business needs, corporations are playing games with working families’ time, and forcing moms and students to scramble with increasingly uncertain work schedules, particularly in the growing service sector.

Our public policies have not kept up. Today’s workforce has the potential to drive the long-term growth of our economy, but today’s scheduling practices are getting in the way. We all need a workweek we can count on – one that allows all of us to care for our families, stay healthy, and get ahead. That’s why working people across the country are coming together to restore a fair workweek in our workplaces and communities.

The Fair Workweek Initiative, anchored by the Center for Popular Democracy and Action for the Common Good [insert links], is driving the growing momentum to restore a workweek that enables working families to thrive. We are committed to elevating the voices of working people to ensure they can shape the solutions that work for their families – whether through improved industry practices or new workplace protections.

The partners of the Center for Popular Democracy and Action for the Common Good are leading the way in the movement for a fair workweek, and include the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), CASA de Maryland, Make the Road Connecticut, Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and Working Partnerships USA.