“Many of us enjoy the ability to do our work how and when it best fits into our lives. Recent studies have highlighted workplace flexibility for women as essential to employee retention and productivity. While we are delighted to see an increased focus on creating better jobs and working conditions, both these studies and the public conversation focus on white-collar, college-educated women.

Workplace flexibility means something completely different for the millions of people in low-paid, hourly jobs, who are disproportionately women and women of color. With their ever-changing work schedules and lack of control over when and how much they work, their jobs—and lives—are not flexible, but merely unpredictable. It hurts these workers’ ability to budget their time and money, to secure reliable child care, and to go to school or train for better jobs. It’s why we need Chicago’s City Council to pass the amended Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance being introduced today.”

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