Many low-income individuals are subject to erratic, unfair employment scheduling practices that interfere with their ability to receive ongoing and critical healthcare services; maintain other benefits; and secure childcare. Constantly being “on call,” not knowing whether you will need to come in to work or not, even on your days off, leads to increased stress and a decreased quality of life. Advocates in the City of Philadelphia are encouraging City Council members to adopt Fair Work Week practices that will eliminate these unjust scheduling practices.
On March 6th the Philadelphia City Council held a hearing on Fair Work Weeks. Erin Blair, a public health nurse home visitor and one of HELP: MLP’s healthcare partners testified at the hearing. Additionally, Managing Attorney, Stephanie Dorenbosch, submitted written testimony on behalf of HELP: MLP highlighting clients’ stories and advocating for the City Council to take action.
Check out Fair Work Week PHL to learn more and get involved!