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Today, RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum (speaking above) delivered remarks at a rally of workers, labor members, activists, and advocacy groups, ahead of testifying at the New York City Council’s hearing at New York City's City Hall. The rally was in support of Intro. 1387, legislation that will ban on-call practices. He called for the Council to pass critical legislation that would ban on-call scheduling in the retail industry, which disrupts workers lives by requiring them to be available to work certain hours even if they are not scheduled to work and won’t get paid.
“On-call scheduling is a pervasive and exploitive employment practice where workers do not find out until just before a scheduled shift if they will be required to work or not. On-call scheduling is devastating for retail workers. You need to put your life on hold and be available for work – regardless of whether you will be called-in or paid. If you are a part-time worker, the uncertainty of your schedule means you can't arrange for a needed second job. If you are a parent, you don't know if you are going to need child care. If you want to continue your schooling, you can't sign up for classes without knowing your availability,” Appelbaum said.
“Today's hearings are a critical first step in helping workers gain more control over their own lives and their ability to earn a living. I urge the City Council to pass Intro. 1387 swiftly,” Appelbaum added.
On Friday, RWDSU activists were joined by Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas, Council Member and Labor Committee Chair I. Daneek Miller, the National Action Network, Communication Workers of America, DC 37, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Planned Parenthood, New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, Center for Popular Democracy, Citizen Action, and the Workmen’s Circle.