Low-Wage Workers Honor Labor Day by Calling for Legislation to Protect Working Families
What: Press Conference
Where: Outside Wheaton Mall, Intersection of Reedie Dr. and Grandview Rd., Wheaton, Maryland
When: Thursday, September 3rd | 11:00am-12:00pm
Who: Working families, elected officials
Editor’s note: This event will feature great visuals with dozens of workers, elected officials, families and progressive activists calling for family friendly policy changes. Workers will be available prior and after the event for interviews.
(Wheaton, MD) – This Thursday, low wage workers from a variety of industries including restaurant, retail, hotel, and cleaning, will hold a press conference to call for fair schedules that will allow balance in the lives of working families.
Employers, particularly in common low-wage industries, frequently adopt scheduling practices that make it nearly impossible for workers to plan family or education time, schedule a second job, and more. Employers frequently establish a worker’s schedule at the end of the week for the following Monday; other employers institute practices that require workers to be available to work if needed without compensating them for their hours spent waiting to be called in. These practices make it impossible to adequately plan childcare, doctors’ appointments, and other necessities.
Workers on Thursday will call on the Maryland General Assembly to adopt legislation to protect families and help them move ahead economically, socially and academically.