SEATTLE -- We're learning more about what livable schedule legislation could mean for Seattle workers. At least two city council members have expressed interest in requiring employers to offer their workers consistent schedules.

"We need to figure out how to come up with an approach that retains the components of this industry that works for workers, and also address some of the ones that don't," said Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold.

The city council is still studying the issue and has not started drafting legislation yet. But when that process starts, don't be surprised to see three main objectives.

  • Restrict employers from scheduling workers to close one day and open the next day.
  • An employer obligation to give plenty of scheduling notice. A likely option is two weeks' notice, as proposed by worker advocacy group Working Washington.
  • Require employers keep promises made to workers on how many hours they should expect to work in any given week. This option will likely be the most challenging objective to regulate.

"It would be simple to say, ‘OK, you want 30 hours, we'll give you an average of 30 hours' and then actually make it happen," said Starbucks barista Ilana Greenberg, who is associated with Working Washington.

Herbold says the next step toward change includes a series of meetings with workers, employees, and advocacy groups.