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Workers deserve notice of hours

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhen was the last time the members of the Gazette Editorial Board showed up for work and were told to go home without any pay? Of course, that doesn’t happen to people in professional jobs, where one can count on a regular schedule and compensation. But for hotel housekeepers, day laborers and others in the working poor, this is a serious problem.For people who live paycheck to paycheck, it can mean the difference between paying rent, utility bills or even being evicted. Having a requirement that employers provide workers with a schedule two weeks in advance and provide a minimum number of hours of pay when workers come in to work is designed to protect this exploited group. The Nov. 14 Gazette editorial, “Scheduling regulations go too far,” shows a total lack of any compassion or understanding of the very problem that the proposed legislation addresses. In vague rhetorical language, the editorial attacks New York state for “too much regulation” — that is bad for business. Is it really bad for business to require that hotels and contractors treat housekeepers and day laborers like human beings by letting them know their schedules two weeks in advance and paying them if they come into work a base number of hours? It’s well established that New York state has the highest rates of inequality in the country. It’s time that the Gazette Editorial Board stop being a mouthpiece for the anti-regulatory, anti-union crowd and show some compassion for working people. Jonathan RosenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

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