Jessica Allen is one of over 500 workers who took our survey about scheduling practices, sick time, and other working conditions on the job. Here's why she's marching with us on Wednesday:
When I got my job as an assistant manager at Villa Sneakers, I told them my eight-year-old daughter had Type 1 diabetes. I have licensed childcare providers who care for her after school, who know how to treat her diabetes and help with medications, but the company wouldn't schedule me within my availability. Although opening shifts worked better for my childcare schedule, they mostly put me on closing shifts, which meant I had to rely on a baby-sitter who doesn't have a childcare license or the knowledge to take care of any medical emergencies that might happen. I worried other people might look into my household to see if I was an unfit parent.
One morning I had to rush my daughter to the emergency room when I was supposed to open. She was in a diabetic coma. I called in as soon as I could, but no one answered. Because I didn't come in to work, the store opened 35 minutes late. Management had a fit. I was written up with a final warning. When I spoke to the district manager about it, I explained my daughter's situation. Their response: "It's only diabetes." Diabetes is manageable, but it's a deadly disease. My daughter is only eight. "At some point, you have to put this job as a priority," management told me. My daughter, my child, my first priority was in the hospital. After that conversation, I had to quit. No one should have to choose between their job and their family. I'm a good worker, but my family comes first.
No worker in Minneapolis should have to choose between their family and their job. Join Jessica: http://bit.ly/WorkersRising