empowering workers in retail, restaurants, & hospitality

Who Are We?

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Fair Work Week Massachusetts is a coalition of non-profit organizations, unions, immigrants’ rights advocates, community-based groups and collectives, faith-based organizations, workers’ rights advocates and businesses led by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice fighting to provide workers in retail, restaurant and hospitality the right to a fair workweek.

The issue is really quite simple. People who work need to know when they are required to work with some advance notice. To me, it doesn’t seem at all outlandish to want to make that happen.
— Worker State House Testimony

Why the Fairwork Week?

The Crisis of Scheduling

Unstable and unpredictable work schedules cause instability for children and child care providers
— Julie Vogtman, NWLC

“An Act relative to the scheduling of employees” (S.1110 and H.3809), The Massachusetts Fair Workweek Bill, allows workers in restaurants, retail establishments, and the hospitality industry the chance to build stable lives for themselves and their families, because for many, erratic work schedules make stability almost impossible. Hours can be assigned arbitrarily at an employer’s discretion and changed with no advance notice, leaving workers to cope with fluctuating paychecks and constant problems coordinating child and elder care, second and third jobs, and further education or professional development. Women, people of color, and low-wage workers are the most impacted.   Fact sheet (pdf), Mass Bill Fact Sheet (pdf, Español pdf)


What would the bill do?

Passing Fair Workweek legislation will ensure that workers in restaurants, retail establishments, and the hospitality industry would for the first time have the right to:

Supporters of Fair Workweek MA bill at hearing, April 9, 2019

Supporters of Fair Workweek MA bill at hearing, April 9, 2019

  • 14 days advance notice of hours

  • request specific hours without retaliation from the employer

  • rest for 11 hours between shifts

  • be offered any additional available hours before an employer can hire a new employee to fill them

  • collect unemployment benefits when an employer’s failure to comply with Fair Scheduling practices is the worker’s reason for leaving a job.

While MA’s minimum wage is only $12 per hour, many members of our community have to work multiple jobs to put food on the table and a roof over their heads. The provisions within the Work Week Bill will provide more stability to working families.
— Chinese Progressive Association

Get Involved

Get involved in our coalition and help us fight for a fair workweek!

Contact Yessenia Prodrero at yessenia@massjwj.net and 339-545-4290

Call your state legislators and demand that they vote for the Fair Workweek Bill!


Join our coalition

Organizations please join our coalition for Massachusetts workers

Volunteer opportunities

Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering for this campaign.

SIGN a Petition

Sign a petition to tell Massachusetts lawmakers to pass the Fair Workweek bill.


Fairwork Week Hearing at the Massachusetts State House, April 9, 2019