Fair Workweek Employment Standards Bill In City Council

Fair Workweek Employment Standards Bill In City Council

Testimony presented by President Fred Wright at Council hearing on Tuesday, October 30th

Members of the Law and Government Committee:

My name is Frederick Wright, President of AFSCME District Council 47.
I represent City employees and workers in the non-profit sector here in Philadelphia and some Brothers and Sisters working outside the City.
I am here today to speak in favor of Bill number 180649.
This bill would provide protections for workers in retail, food service and hospitality establishments. As union workers, we gain workplace related protections for our members through collective bargaining and because of laws passed to protect the rights of union workers. We know that when the rights of workers are protected, its a plus for all of us. We believe in worker solidarity and support fairness concerning worker rights at all workplaces.
We know that people need a clear sense of what hours they will be required to work, how much they will be paid for working those hours and when they are sick that they get health insurance, to help pay for doctor and hospital visits.
Having these concerns backed by the law, as well as having the ability to point out inconsistencies in the application of those laws, without being penalized and being removed from their jobs when raising those concerns is very important for workers.
One of the reasons for union organizing historically has been to protect the rights of workers on the job from arbitrary and unreasonable actions on the parts of employers.
We realize that the 130,00 workers in the retail, food and hospitality workplaces do not have the benefits and protections that we receive as members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees. We support City Council in considering this legislation that will provide better protections for those workers.
We urge you to pass this legislation because it will help mothers and fathers with children have a better sense of when they can pick them up from daycare. We urge you to pass this legislation that will help children know when mom and dad will be home to help them with their homework. We urge you to pass this legislation that will enable some people to have a second job so they can better provide for their families.
For all these and many other reasons, we urge you to pass Bill number 180649.

City Offices Closed and City Services Curtailed for Monday’s Holiday

City Offices Closed and City Services Curtailed for Monday’s Holiday

 All City of Philadelphia offices will be closed and City services curtailed on Monday, October 8, in recognition of the holiday.
Trash and recyclables will not be collected on Monday, October 8. Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams urges residents whose normal collection is on Monday, to set out their rubbish and recycling for collection on Tuesday, October 9. Trash and recycling collections will be one day behind schedule for the remainder of the week.
All City District Health Centers are closed on Monday, as are all branch offices of the Department of Licenses and Inspections; the North and Northeast Municipal Service Centers; the Marriage License Bureau; all Philadelphia Parks & Recreation facilities; the Free Library of Philadelphia and all of its branches and the executive offices of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, as well as its Violations branch, at 9th and Filbert streets.
All Philadelphia Department of Prisons facilities will be closed to visitors on Monday.
City offices will reopen on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.