PRECARIOUS TIMES AT WORK: DETRIMENTAL HOURS AND SCHEDULING IN ILLINOIS AND HOW FAIR WORKWEEK POLICIES WILL IMPROVE WORKERS’ WELL-BEING
This recent survey provides a unique portrait of eight key dimensions of work hours and schedules in Illinois, their distribution by types of jobs and workers. These dimensions are contrasted across 23 different industries — those covered by Chicago’s Fair Workweek ordinance and those uncovered. Findings from this study reinforce the need to adopt a statewide fair workweek law, as it highlights the pervasive underemployment in Illinois, particularly among lower-paid and part-time jobs. It documents several consequences of insecure work hours on workers’ satisfaction with their jobs, well-being, and home life. Results indicate that the character of work hours and work schedules tangibly matter now more than ever for the well-being of those employed throughout the state in Illinois.