What's Next in the Movement for Working Families: Opportunities for Offense and Building Power in the States

From Oregon to New York City – Winning a Family-Sustaining Workweek
August 2, 2017 * 12:00-1:00pm ET 

WEBINAR RECORDING (please note we experienced some technical difficulties with our audio at the start of the webinar and there may be several minutes of silence at the beginning)


Across the country, working people struggling on the frontlines of America’s service economy are standing up for jobs that deliver stability and respect.  Millions of working people scramble with ever-changing workweeks that cause volatile incomes and strain families – making it hard to make ends meet and impossible to get ahead.

While the conservative right stokes America’s popular imagination of a “good middle-class job” by glorifying the manufacturing sector and the hope of infrastructure employment, the truth is that the United States’ economy is driven by the service sector – retail, hospitality, food service and healthcare represent 80 percent of U.S. employment and a significant portion of our electorate. Preliminary analysis shows that the retail workforce alone makes up an estimated 6 percent of America’s voting eligible population.
From Oregon to New York City, people are coming together to set wage and hour standards that recognize the essential role of the service sector to delivering opportunity and prosperity for working families. New polling shows that 3 in 4 Americans support fair workweek policies that deliver reliable hours with balanced schedules. For all these reasons, employers and policymakers are taking bold measures to address our country's work-hours crisis as an essential part of a good jobs strategy.

During this webinar, speakers explored:

  • Unprecedented policy momentum including this year's historic state-wide win in Oregon and new standards in six cities; 
  • Powerful worker-led campaigns that moved the retail sector to end on-call scheduling and are showing us the path to creating good jobs in growing retail and food service industries; and
  • Innovative strategies to build the voice of service sector workers in their workplaces, with policymakers, and at the ballot box in important cities and states across the country.

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Sponsored by GIST, Ford Foundation, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for a Just Economy, Open Society Foundations, and Wyss Foundation