Senator Warren and MP Pressley reintroduce Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act – Framingham SOURCE
In full transparency, the following is a press release from the office of Senator Elizabeth Warren. She was elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve Washington DC State in the US Senate. She is a Democrat. (file photo)
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), a deputy chief whip and chairman of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass .) and Congresswoman Katie Porter (D-Calif.) on Thursday, Feb. 10, announced the introduction of the Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act.
The legislation would strengthen protections for part-time workers and allow them to better balance their working hours with their personal and family needs.
The legislation will tackle one of the main problems facing hourly workers – work schedules that do not provide as many hours as needed to support their families – and provide additional protections and benefits to part-time workers.
“All workers deserve to earn enough to build their future and that of their family, but giant corporations are trying to skimp on wages and benefits by exploiting part-time workers rather than hiring full-time staff. Congress should pass the Bill of Rights for Part-Time Workers end exploitative business practices that put corporate profits before people,” said Senator Warren.
“The vast majority of part-time workers across the country face unstable work hours, unstable earnings, low wages, and few opportunities for advancement in the workplace. They deserve better. Today I presented the Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act with my fellow representatives DeLauro, Lee, Pressley and Porter to ensure fair treatment in the workplace for part-time workers. This legislation requires employers to treat part-time and full-time employees fairly in terms of wages, benefits and promotions. It gives part-time workers access to stable hours, pension plans, and family and medical leave. We must improve the quality of part-time work to provide economic security for more than one in five American workers who work part-time,” said Congresswoman Schakowsky.
“Part-time workers are essential to our economy,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Yet all too often these workers are at a disadvantage when it comes to the stability and opportunities offered to full-time employees. the Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act gives part-time workers the peace of mind they rightly deserve by ensuring they have access to overtime and receive benefits such as family and medical leave which we know are essential to the well-being of our workers. I commend Congresswoman Schakowsky and Senator Warren for their leadership on this issue and commit to ensuring that part-time workers have the tools they need to support themselves and their families. .
“Unpredictable and unstable work schedules cause unnecessary stress for millions of part-time workers. This deliberate effort to increase profits makes it almost impossible for many workers to balance work with family and personal life,” said MP Lee. “I am proud to present the Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act with representatives Schakowsky, DeLauro, Pressley and Porter. Large employers need to correct these unpredictable and insufficient schedules and show that they value their part-timers.
“All workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and to have equal access to decent wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement in the workplace,” Rep. Pressley said. “Unfortunately, millions of part-time workers – disproportionately black and brown women – continue to face lower wages, unpredictable hours and lack access to essential benefits and on-the-job protections. of work. I am proud to join my colleagues in presenting The Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act to help right those wrongs and support the economic security of part-time workers.
“A strong workforce is essential for a healthy and stable economy,” said Rep. Porter. “Too many big corporations get away with deliberately underemploying their workers, increasing their bottom line at the expense of American families. Our Bill of Rights for Part-Time Workers crack down on this corporate abuse by closing a loophole that allows big business to profit from giving some workers lower wages and fewer benefits.
Companies often use underemployment, giving part-time workers fewer hours than they want and dividing the work among many part-time employees rather than hiring full-time employees, as intentional strategy to avoid providing benefits and paying higher wages to stimulate short-term jobs. long-term benefits.
the Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act would like:
- Require large employers to offer available hours to current, available and qualified part-time employees before hiring new employees or contractors. The legislation requires employers with more than 500 workers to compensate existing employees if they hire new employees instead of assigning new work to available and qualified existing employees.
- Make more part-time employees eligible for family and medical leave. The legislation guarantees any employee who has worked for their employer for at least one year access to federal leave protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Allow part-time workers to participate in their employers’ pension plans. The legislation changes the Employees Retirement Income Security Act 1974 allow part-time workers who have worked at least 500 hours for two consecutive years to access pension schemes if they are offered by their employers to full-time workers.
The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Cory Booker (DN.J.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Sheldon Whitehouse ( DR.I.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.).
the Part-Time Workers Bill of Rights Act is supported by: 9to5, A Better Balance, Action for Children, AFL-CIO, African American Health Alliance, All-Options, American Association of University Women, Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, BreastfeedLA, Catch Fire Movement, CDF, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Center for Popular Democracy, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, Chicago Foundation for Women, Child Care Aware of America, Citizen Action of New York, Coalition for Social Justice, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Coalition on Human Needs, Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF), Economic Policy Institute, Equal Rights Advocates, Every Texan, Faith in Public Life, Family Values @ Work, Healthy Nourishment, Jobs With Justice , Justice for Migrant Women, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, Legal Aid at Work, Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, MANA – A National Latina Organization, MomsRising, National Black Worker Center, Nati onal Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, National Council of Jewish Women, National Employment Law Project, National Employment Lawyers Association, National Organization for Women, National Partnership for Women & Families, National Women’s Law Center, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, Network of Jewish Human, Service Agencies, North Carolina Justice Center, Oxfam America, Poligon Education Fund, Public Justice Center, ROC United, Service Employees International Union, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Start Early, Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, TakeAction Minnesota, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United for Respect, We All Rise, Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest PA, Women Employed, Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, Women’s Law Project, Women’s Media Center, Workplace Fairness, University of Illinois YWCA, YWCA USA, ZERO TO T HREE.
Legislators also introduced the Working Schedules Act, complementary legislation to provide low-wage workers with greater certainty about their working hours and income. the Working Schedules Act protects workers who request schedule changes from retaliation and requires employers to review their requests. For retail, catering and cleaning occupations, it requires employers to provide schedules two weeks in advance. The legislation also provides for compensation for these employees when their schedules change suddenly or they are assigned to work particularly difficult shifts, including split shifts and recall shifts.
A recent Berkely study found that unpredictable schedules – which often mean a lack of access to enough work hours – are associated with financial insecurity, housing insecurity, high stress, poor health outcomes and, for parents, less time spent with children, which in turn leads to worse outcomes for children. One study found that 65% of respondents with part-time jobs had faced “at least one serious material hardship” in the past year. Workers facing these challenges are disproportionately women and workers of color, as exposure to schedule instability is 16% higher among workers of color than among white workers.
Laws to help workers access more hours of work have already been passed as part of fair workweek laws across the country, including in Chicago; Emeryville, California; New York City; Philadelphia Cream; San Francisco; San Jose; Seattle; and SeaTac, Washington.
Senator Warren and Congresswoman Schakowsky first announced their intention to introduce the bill in December 2019. Senators Warren and Booker reintroduced the bill to the Senate in 2020.
Read about the bill here.