PRESS RELEASE: Fair Work Week Legislation Hearing April 9, 2018


Gillian Mason
Massachusetts Jobs with Justice



April 9, 2019-  On Tuesday, April 9, the Massachusetts Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will hold a legislative hearing for the Fair Workweek Bill. Impacted workers, advocates for women and families, and labor leaders will testify in support of the Fair Workweek bill. Across the Commonwealth and the country, working families face unpredictable work schedules, underemployment, and insecure incomes. These families struggle to meet basic expenses and to plan for childcare, meals, and doctor visits. A Fair Workweek would ensure that working people have predictable, stable hours with flexibility and opportunity to work full time.

The Fair Workweek Bill, filed by Senator Marc Pacheco (SB 1111) and Representative Sean Garballey (HD 3384), aims to give workers more control over their schedules, their time, and their lives. It does this by giving workers who work for a company that has more than 50 employees worldwide in the restaurant, retail, and hospitality industries the right to:

  • 14 days advance notice of hours

  • Rest for 11 hours between shifts

  • Request specific shifts without retaliation from their employer

  • Deny on-call shifts without retaliation from their employer

  • Be offered new shifts before new employees are hired to fill those shifts

  • Apply for unemployment benefits if a worker quits their job because of their employer’s failure to comply with the bill.

We encourage anyone interested to come to our press conference at 12 Noon in front of the State House, and the hearing at 1PM, which will be in room A-2 of the State House. Massachusetts Jobs With Justice is leading the fight for this bill and for fair scheduling for all Massachusetts restaurant, retail, and hospitality workers.

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice is a statewide coalition of more than 160 community, labor, faith, and student organizations committed to stopping corporate greed. We fight for good jobs, fair wages, strong public education, immigrant rights, and more. Together, we are building working class power and new leaders for our movement in our workplaces and our communities. For more information, visit For more information on Fair Workweek MA, visit and the Fair Workweek Hearing Facebook event.

Sarah Block