Vote On Fair Workweek Ordinance Pushed To Tuesday

Craig Dellimore
July 23, 2019 - 7:18 am
Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Chicago City Council Committee is going to take another stab Tuesday at trying to approve an ordinance that would require many businesses to give two weeks’ notice about changes in work schedules.

An expected vote by the City Council’s Workforce Development Committee was put off Monday, when Chair Alderman Susan Sadlowski Garza said the Fair Workweek ordinance hadn’t been printed. Later, she explained that it wasn’t finalized either.

"There's a couple articles that are being tweaked, as we speak, and I did not feel comfortable taking testimony on something that no one has seen," she said.

Basically, the ordinance would require big companies with low-wage workers to post schedules two weeks ahead, and pay penalties if last minute changes are forced. Alderman and businessman Tom Tunney said some stumbling points remain.

"There has been a lot of input both on labor and business, and as the chairman has said, we are close," Ald. Tunny said.

He said he doesn't really want to see this ordinance approved, but he recognizes that it is very important to Mayor Lightfoot. And he believes middle ground can be found. 

They hope to have a hearing and vote Tuesday.