Machinists back Seattle’s secure scheduling proposal

SEATTLE — Seattle’s working people deserve the protections that a proposed secure scheduling ordinance would bring, Machinists Union District Lodge 751’s legislative director said.

larrytalks“Everybody deserves certainty,” IAM 751 Legislative Director Larry Brown testified before the Seattle City Council during a Sept. 7 public hearing on the proposal.

Under the proposed ordinance, retailers and fast-food companies with more than 500 employees worldwide would be required to provide workers with their schedules at least two weeks in advance and compensate them with “predictability pay” when they’re scheduled to work but don’t get called in or are sent home early.

In addition, the ordinance would require employers to allow workers at least 10 hours’ rest between opening and closing shifts while also requiring them to offer additional hours to existing employees before hiring new staff.

While the ordinance would not affect Machinists Union members themselves it would help their family members, Brown said after the hearing.

“Many of us have children or siblings who are working in Seattle while they attend college or get career training,” Brown said. “When they don’t have secure schedules it makes it very hard for them to plan for child care, or even to attend the classes they need to complete their educations — and it makes it impossible for them and their families to plan budgets.”

The secure scheduling ordinance would provide them with tools that will help them be better parents, hold second jobs or get educations that will help them move into higher-paying jobs, Brown said.

“This ordinance would be an important step in making Seattle employers more-humane places for humans to work,” he said.

A vote on the ordinance could come later this month.

Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 32,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.

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