A FIGHT OVER SECURE SCHEDULING WAGES ON IN SEATTLE

2016-07-21 14:55    
 

Seattle-based Starbucks announced chainwide pay raises for its U.S. employees on Monday, but the 5% to 15% compensation increase does not address the city's mounting storm around scheduling practices, which the chain has been caught up in.

Since last November, Seattle workers have been organizing around unpredictable scheduling, asking for more advance notice of schedules and penalties for employers who make last minute changes. Some workers and activists in Seattle responded to Starbucks’ wage hikes by criticizing the chain for not addressing scheduling.

"But baristas aren't going to stop organizing until they see that personal commitment from the CEO become a reality in every store, and see it be matched by a corporate commitment to support secure scheduling policies in Seattle and across the country," Sejal Parikh, executive director of Working Washington, said in an emailed statement to the Chicago Tribune.

Two Seattle city council members are working on secure scheduling legislation. In May, the council announced a localized scheduling study that would inform future secure scheduling legislation.

Earlier this year, the Washington Restaurant Association told alternative magazine 

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