San Francisco shows the way: “Bills like this one are partially a response… to the decline of unions in the US. While scheduling and wages were once the province of union-business negotiations, labor’s waning power has driven these sorts of fights into the political arena, like City Hall and state houses.
San Francisco is becoming known for its worker-friendly policies, having recently voted to gradually raise its minimum wage — already nearly $3.50 above the federal minimum, at $10.74 per hour — to $15 per hour over three years.
On Tuesday afternoon, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors took another step in that direction, unanimously passing a “retail workers’ bill of rights,” the first such bill to be passed in a large US city. That “bill” is in fact two pieces of legislation containing five provisions aimed at making life easier for hourly workers at the city’s chain restaurants and stores.