In recent years, July has been a month of positive developments for members of UFCW555. In 2017, the Fair Work Week legislation was passed by the Oregon State Legislature, and signed into law a few months later. Oregon was the first state in the nation to offer schedule predictability for employees in the food service, hospitality, and retail industries. Washington soon followed, as have other states around the country.
The passage of this law affected not only union members, but hundreds of thousands of people across Oregon. It was a quality-of-life game-changer for so many who had been unable to reliably plan things like doctor’s appointments and family outings.
Large employers (defined as those with at least 500 employees worldwide) have been phasing in the Fair Work Week since July of 2018. On July 15th, all of the Fair Work Week’s provisions will be in effect. Large employers must:
- give their Oregon employees written work schedules two weeks before the start of the work week.
- require at least a 10-hourbreak between shifts (no more involuntary “clopenings!”).
- offer predictability pay for unplanned schedule changes
- provide the “right to request, “allowing employees to express scheduling preference with no retribution.
We have created a flow chart infographic to help 555 members understand their rights under this new law. Please see [our chart] for a full explanation of the law, fully implemented on July 15th, including which common situations will result in predictability pay (including reasons why or why not) and how to report violations.
It’s important to remember that the collective solidarity and influence of the Local 555 helped make this happen. A particularly huge thank you goes out to those many, many members who choose to support 555’s Active Ballot Club (ABC) which also worked to help successfully pass important first day sick pay and minimum wage legislation. As a result, Oregon’s Minimum wage will be increasing on July1st, with many areas’ contractual wage increases coming in the following months.
Each of these wins helped to foster a higher expectation for workers’ rights. In the unpredictable times we now live, this has become all the more important. When we stand together as one organization more than25,000 members strong, there is nothing our members can’t accomplish.