Retail workers deal with low wages and other challenges that disrupt their lives, including last-minute scheduling changes, no time off for emergencies or special events, unpredictable schedules from week to week that preclude second jobs and complicate child- and eldercare, underemployment (getting fewer hours than requested), and lack of benefits for part-time workers.
These are hardworking parents who struggle to pick up their children at school or take them to the doctor when they are sick because of such erratic work schedules. These are college students who aren’t sure from one week to the next if they can pay their rent, let alone cover tuition and books, because their paychecks are inconsistent. Unstable work hours lead to poor health. Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, irregular meal times, and missed medical appointments all result in serious health problems because of erratic scheduling.
Unstable work hours uphold a system of income inequality that keeps communities in poverty. The instability also leads to poor health with stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, irregular meal times, and missed medical appointments as just a few ways unfair workweeks can hurt workers.
Unfair scheduling is impacting a huge number of working families, for that reason, the City of Los Angeles passed a policy solution. Now we are hoping Los Angeles County follow’s in the City’s footsteps in passing a policy to make jobs in the retail and grocery sector sustainable, good paying jobs.