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Campaign Leaders Recognized at Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards

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On Wednesday, June 24th, the Retail Workers Bill of Rights Campaign was recognized at the 2015 Annual Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Awards Celebration in Washington, D.C.. The worker-leaders of the San Francisco Retail Workers Bill of Rights Campaign were presented the second award for their victory in the Bay Area and sparking national attention to the problem of unpredictable schedules. Two of the four worker-leaders were UFCW 5 members. They were on hand to accept the award, and they spoke about why they joined the campaign and how it has impacted their lives. Macy’s members Julie Fisher and Mark Ortiz worked tirelessly on the campaign to see the fight thru to victory.

We are proud of the work of our union, and particularly Julie and Mark for their hard work, leadership and dedication to the campaign. It is truly historic and has set a standard for the nation that will provide impetus for retail workers to join the UFCW.

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About the campaign:

On Tuesday, November 18th, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to pass The Retail workers Bill of Rights. UFCW5 along with Local 648, UFCW States Council and Jobs with Justice SF had been working to pass a bill called “Formula Retail Worker Bill of Rights”. Supervisors David Chiu and Eric Mar were the primary sponsors of the legislation. The Retail Workers Bill of Rights officially became law in San Francisco; 10 days after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the ordinances for the second time. This legislation went into effect on January 5, 2015.

This groundbreaking labor policy contains five provisions in two pieces of legislation to protect hourly workers in our city’s chain stores and restaurants:

  • Promoting Full-Time Work and Access to Hours
  • Encouraging Fair, Predictable Schedules
  • Discouraging Abusive On-Call Scheduling Practices 
  • Equal Treatment for Part-Time Workers
  • Encouraging Worker Retention and Job Security