For Workers

The Chicago Fair Workweek Coalition recognizes that without stable schedules, and adequate advance notice, working Chicagoans struggle to meet their responsibilities at work and at home.

A recent study shows that today’s workweek is a source of profound instability for Chicago workers:

  • 48% of hourly workers have little or no input into when and how much they work.
  • 40% can’t rely on minimum hours or steady income.
  • 44% receive less than one week’s advance notice of their work schedules.
  • Nearly 50% of employees want more hours of work.
  • 40% of hourly workers work on-call: they have to be available for work but find out at the last minute whether they’re needed or not.

These volatile incomes and chronic underemployment strain Chicago families:

  • 40% experience conflicts between their work schedules and caregiving responsibilities
  • 70% report that their unpredictable work hours interferes with time for family
  • 54% of workers have missed class because of unpredictable work schedules.

The Fair Workweek Ordinance is built to provide workers the dignity and autonomy of working Chicagoans by providing the following protections to all hourly workers, and salaried workers who earn less than approximately $50,000 annually, in companies with 50 or more full- or part-time people:

  • Two weeks advance notice for schedules
  • Predictability pay in the event that a schedule is changed with less than two weeks’ notice
  • The right to decline shifts that do not provide 11 hours of rest between shifts
  • The right to request a flexible schedule
  • The Chicago Fair Workweek Ordinance also requires that employers offer additional hours to existing employees before bringing on additional workers, whether full-or part-time, or temporary workers.