Restaurant & Hotel Workers Need Rights- Demand New Orleans to Pass the Work Week Ordinance
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There are 88,000 hospitality workers and families in New Orleans. The whole city depends upon our labor. We bring in $7 billion a year in revenue for the city, but the city government does nothing for the workers or our communities. It is time for the city to enact laws to protect hospitality workers. Enough is enough—there is too much inequality in our city. Lifting hospitality workers helps all of our communities.
Therefore, We the Residents of Orleans Parish Demand:
To: The City Council and Mayor Adopt the Work Week Ordinance.
This ordinance, in varying forms, has been passed in multiple cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Emeryville, San Jose, Washington D.C., and New York City.
The ordinance recognizes that hospitality workers need to know when they are working to properly schedule childcare, appointments, transportation, and school. It is in the general interest of the entire city that the health of service workers be protected and that workers who are ill are not forced to work.
It is also in the interest of the entire city that parents have stable employment and enables parents to provide stability for their children.
Work Week Ordinance:
Specifically, we call for the passage of the following Worker and Community Work Week Ordinance to apply to all places of employment:
1. Requirement of all employers to provide a work schedule 14 days in advance.
2. Should employers ask an employee to change days worked or alter the schedule that is posted an employee may voluntarily accept or reject the offer without retaliation.
3. Should the employee voluntarily accept the schedule change without 14 days’ notice, the employee will be paid a $100 premium for doing so.
4. Employers shall not schedule workers without a 12-hour rest period between shifts.
5. Employers shall not schedule workers to shift from day to night without the worker’s consent.
6. All workers shall receive 12 paid sick days a year.
7. Employers shall consider the need for parents to attend meetings with teachers or counselors as in the interest of the entire city and shall not refuse employee’s request or a scheduling change.
8. Pregnant workers who an perform their duties shall not be subjected to harassment to leave and shall be guaranteed reemployment at an equal job when able to return to work.
9. A commission shall be created to adjudicate claims.
10. If found guilty of violating the ordinance, employers shall make employee whole and be fined $1,000 for the first offense, $2,000 for the second, and $5,000 for any subsequent offenses. Fines will go towards hospitality workers and the betterment of their communities (not cops or jails).
**All changes to schedules are to be made with the worker’s consent. Employees may accept or reject changes without retaliation.
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