Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the beautiful and historic city of brotherly love, has passed a law that will ensure that employees working at fast food chains will finally have fixed hourly schedules, and these workers couldn’t be happier.
The legislation that was passed also includes many other workers in the hospitality and retail fields. Philly was second after New York to finally pass this law. Other cities to pass this law include Seattle, Washington DC, San Francisco, and San Jose.
If you ever worked at a fast food restaurant over the last few decades, then you know that the schedule can oftentimes be the hardest thing to endure. The long hours, the rude customers, but most of all, the always changing schedule can definitely take its toll and not only physically, but financially as well. An employee could be working 35 hours one week and a measly 20 hours the next week depending on restaurant demands and busy periods. This dynamic is the sole reason why so many of these employees float above and/or just below what has come to be known as the poverty line.
This is why the news that Philadelphia passing this legislation comes as quite a surprise but a welcomed one at that. As it turns out, many citizens in the beautiful city (up to a whopping 130,000 people) make their living off of such employment and depend on their paychecks like a lifeline in what has sadly become one of the poorest economies in the US, according to 6abc.com.
This new feature in the work laws will enable these workers to get more weekly hours and have fixed schedules so that they can plan bill payments and negotiate their daily income and expenses at a more fixed and organized fashion—something that many workers in other fields benefit from and take for granted, unfortunately. For fast food restaurant employees, this is such an appreciated bonus and they are all indeed welcoming the change.
The motion was spearheaded by Helen Gym, a Philadelphia councilwoman. She called the motion the "Fair Workweek." Her statements won over many when they were made: " ... We can talk about poverty, or we can do something about it. We choose to do something ... This is a win for our city, for Philadelphia's working people and for smart business practices ..."
Strong and inspiring words indeed. But not all were convinced, nor in favor.
The Republicans involved in the vote actually voted no, but they lost out in the end, the Democrats getting the win overall with a 14 to 3. And although the legislation was passed, it won’t go into effect before January of 2020, but still, morale is definitely up among employees. What the owners of these establishments think about the change is still unknown, but they can’t be all too happy about it as the law now means that they’ll have to dish out more than food in the coming years, as while the hours go up, so do the salaries of their employees.
But at the end of the day, this is definitely a positive thing, as in the coming years, families that rely on these salaries will definitely be better prepared for the rising financial demands of this grossly money-driven society, and that’s a blessed thing to hear, especially around the Holiday Season.
Sources: thetakeout, cbsnews, 6abc