Youngstown OH Passes PT Worker Bill of Rights—650 Youngstown U Adjuncts Benefit
by Peter Milliken
After its passage Tuesday by a 55-45 percent vote, considerable concern and uncertainty prevail over the city charter amendment known as the part-time workers’ bill of rights – and its consequences for the community.
Atty. James Messenger, who lives in the city and represents management in personnel and labor relations, calls the bill burdensome and says it could discourage employers from locating in, or staying in, the city.
“It imposes some onerous burdens on private employers,” Messenger said. “It has some rather strict penalty provisions,” beginning with fines of $1,000 each for the first three violations within three years and $10,000 each for additional violations.
“Eventually, it can result in litigation against the employer,” he added.
The bill requires employers to provide part-timers’ work schedules at least two weeks in advance, upon request; pay part-timers the same starting hourly wage as full-timers whose jobs “require equal skill, effort and responsibility;” and give them proportional access to sick leave, personal
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