Retail workers unveil bill of rights

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 17, 2015) - Indianapolis retail workers are fighting for better wages, benefits and treatment. A newly formed organization presented a Retail Workers Bill of Rights to City-County Council members.

Local workers and union members joined together with the Lift Retail Jobs campaign to talk about some of the challenges in retail. Some of the main complaints include a lack of benefits and sick leave. Other workers felt like they do not get enough hours and they are constantly faced with irregular schedules.

"Some of the challenges that we do face as a whole is the scheduling that we have to deal with, the low paying wages that we have and the uncertainty of you know are my health benefits going to get cut tomorrow or can I afford these health benefits, can I not afford those," said Carolina Jones who has been working in retail for more than two years.

The Retail Workers Bill of Rights includes several provisions like access to full-time hours, access to health benefits and sick leave, and a requirement that schedules be posted in advance. More information on the bill of rights can be found online.

"So the tide is turning McDonalds, Walmart, Starbucks and many other companies have all raised wages but raising the minimum wage alone is not enough to lift workers out of poverty," said Mary Kate Dugan, Executive Director of Indiana Jobs with Justice.

Council plans to introduce the bill or rights as a resolution at an upcoming meeting.

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