New York, NY – The New York City Council Progressive Caucus applauds today’s passage of the Fair Work Week bills by the New York City Council. The five bills, sponsored by three Progressive Caucus Members, Council Members Brad Lander, Corey Johnson, and Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, aim to protect vulnerable low-wage fast-food and retail workers in New York City. The bills, included in the Progressive Caucus’ policy platform, will provide workers an opportunity to secure advance notice, stable schedules, a pathway to full-time hours, and a new way to work together.
The five bills that passed today by New York City Council encompass:
- Advance Scheduling for Fast-Food Workers (Intro 1396): This bill would require fast-food employers to provide employees with a 14-day advance notice of work, and provide “schedule change premiums” when hours are changed with short notice. (CM Lander)
- Restrictions on “Clopenings” (Intro 1388): This bill would restrict the practice of closing and opening a fast-food establishment within a certain amount of hours. (CM Johnson)
- Access to Hours for Fast-Food workers (Intro 1395): This bill would require fast-food employers to offer additional work hours to existing employees before hiring additional employees or subcontractors. (CM Lander)
- Deductions to Nonprofits for Fast-Food workers (Intro 1384): This bill would require a fast-food employer, upon written authorization by a fast-food employee, to deduct voluntary contributions to nonprofit organizations. (CM Ferreras-Copeland)
- Prohibits On-Call Scheduling for Retail Employees (Intro 1387): This bill would restrict on-call scheduling practices at retail establishments with 20 or more employees. (CM Johnson)