Poll: Seattle Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Secure Scheduling

Data-driven proof that Seattle loves secure scheduling.

Data-driven proof that Seattle loves secure scheduling.

Working Washington reports:

A new poll of Seattle voters by EMC Research finds overwhelming 74% support for secure scheduling policies, matching the high level of public approval for the $15 minimum wage law reached during the height of that debate. Support is widespread across demographic groups, including 79% of those 18-49, 68% of older voters, and even 49% of self-identified Republicans.

To be clear, that’s 74 percent of five hundred Seattle-area likely voters who heard both pro and con arguments on secure scheduling. Support is very strong among Democrats and independents. The policies that they approved would apply to “food service and retail employers with at least 250 employees,” and they included hypothetical requirements that employers…

  • give their employees their schedules 2 weeks in advance;
  • provide 11 hours of rest between a closing shift and an opening shift for each employee;
  • offer additional hours to current part-time employees before hiring additional part-time or
    temporary workers;
  • pay workers if they are called in and their shift is cancelled or reduced; and
    give workers up to 4 hours of pay for last-minute short-notice shift cancellations or
    reductions.
  • If you’d like to learn more about why it’s so important, Civic Ventures founder Nick Hanauer explained the importance of secure scheduling in an editorial for the Seattle Times. Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold hosted the first committee hearing on secure scheduling last week. No law has been proposed yet, but Herbold and Lorena Gonz├ílez will be fighting for secure scheduling in the Council for weeks to come. It’s good to know that the vast majority of Seattleites support their efforts.

    Paul Constant

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