Mayor Signals Support For 'Fair Workweek' Measure

Craig Dellimore
June 10, 2019 - 4:54 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago aldermen are still fine-tuning a proposed ordinance that aims to give low-wage employees more predictable schedules.

Business groups warn that the so-called “Fair Workweek” ordinance would penalize companies for understandable and sometimes unavoidable changes in work schedules, with less than ten days’ notice.

Jack Lavin, CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, urges a compromise he says would allow for predictability and flexibility.

Jake Lewis, spokesman for the Chicago Federation of Labor, says the proposal would allow for that.

The Chicago City Council is not taking a final vote yet. Talks will continue.

In what is extremely rare for a Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot attended a City Council committee hearing in which the proposal was discussed.

Lightfoot’s mother was a health care worker, and she told reporters she wanted to see and hear some public testimony and get a sense of the room.

She said she supports the basics of the ordinance and believes differences can be resolved.

The plan would require employers to give most low-wage workers two weeks’ notice of their work schedules. It would penalize employers when that doesn’t happen.