ABOUT THE FAIR WORKWEEK INITIATIVE

 

Control over our
personal lives

Input into when we work and for how long

Schedules and hours we can count on

Too many of us are either saddled with workweeks that never end or are working too few hours to make ends meet. Without enough say into our work hours, we juggle the demand for constant availability and work schedules that change unpredictably. 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 or as an asset to be squeezed for limitless productivity, 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.

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 CPD Action, 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 CPD Action are leading the way in the movement for a fair workweek, and include: the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), CASA,  Make the Road Connecticut, Minnesota Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, Working America, Working Partnerships USA and Working Washington.