Improving Work-Life Fit in Hourly Jobs for Union Workers

Source: Center for WorkLife Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Issue Brief, February 2011

WorkLife Law’s new report, Improving Work-Life Fit in Hourly Jobs, is designed to help with two different problems faced by hourly workers. First, rigid, highly supervised jobs leave many parents and grandparents one sick child away from being fired through enforcement of absenteeism and other policies. The second problem is that some jobs are too flexible, with unstable schedules that change from day to day and week to week, typically with little notice.

Working families desperately need a raise and good benefits such as healthcare and pensions, but negotiating these issues has become much harder during these difficult economic times. One strategy to consider is to use this opportunity to advance sorely needed worker benefits that will not cost employers out of pocket.

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