I am writing in opposition to the proposed predictive-scheduling ordinance being considered by the Seattle City Council [“Seattle officials propose sweeping law to protect workers from erratic schedules,” Local News, Aug. 9]. If approved, this ordinance would unfairly discriminate against local Seattle franchise small businesses.
The decision to enact predictive scheduling in Seattle may be well-intentioned, but discriminating against local franchised small businesses is reckless and dividing for the small-business community. Seattle is home to more than 600 franchisees who own 1,700 franchise locations employing 19,000 workers.
These small-business owners usually have years of experience in scheduling employee work hours. They need to keep their employees happy and their business healthy. Legislation seeking to impose a one-size-fits-all approach on hundreds of diverse businesses across Seattle would result in less flexibility and fewer hours for employees. Neither outcome benefits workers. This is not in the best interest of employees or the business owner.
More than a dozen states and cities decided to take additional time — or abandon the legislative effort altogether — as they developed a better understanding of the complexity and unintended consequences of this legislation. I hope Seattle will do the same.
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Natalie Barnes, Lake Tapps, president of Business Alliance