Header Image Mobile Header Image


02/14/2019 | Restoring a Fair Workweek

Philadelphia Passes Fair Workweek Policy Impacting 130,000 Workers

On December 6, with a 14-3 vote and a packed chamber, the Philadelphia City Council passed a fair workweek ordinance impacting 130,000 service workers throughout the city. The policy guarantees predictable hours, opportunities for full-time work, adequate rest between work shifts and a voice for workers in crafting their schedules. The victory in Philadelphia follows New York City, Seattle, Oregon, San Francisco, Emeryville, and San Jose in delivering a fair workweek for hourly workers in the hospitality, food service and retail sectors.

CPD affiliate One Pennsylvania ran a powerful public education campaign, working closely with chief sponsor (and Local Progress co-chair) Councilwoman Helen Gym (@HelenGymAtLarge) and the Fair Workweek PHL coalition, which included Unite Here 274 and UFCW 1776.  The campaign overcome strong industry led opposition, garnering extensive positive media coverage with over 100 press hits. Check out this video and One PA member Madison Nardy's account of her transformational experience with the Fair Workweek campaign.