Enough With the Just In Time Schedules, Say Retail Workers

Brown, Jenny
Date Written:  2012-11-19
Publisher:  Labor Notes
Year Published:  2012
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX17489

Employers increasingly use part-time scheduling to decrease costs and crush attempts at worker organizing. Scheduling software now cuts shifts into chunks as small as 15-minutes. Last-minute schedule changes result when the software predicts customer traffic based on the weather forecast or recent sales patterns. Most retail workers now don't know their schedules a week ahead of time, and often have shifts added or cancelled at the last minute. Erratic scheduling can also make it impossible for parttime workers to hold two jobs, because they never know when they will be available.

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