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Santa Monica Beach Bathroom Workers Fight for Permanent Status

Join the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and other labor supporters next Tuesday, January 13th, when the Santa Monica City Council considers the fate of 10 beach bathroom workers, some of whom have scrubbed our toilets, mopped our walkways, secured city property, and cleaned our lifeguard stations for years, but always as second class citizens.

The City of Santa Monica calls them “as needed” workers, though there’s nothing “as needed” about their employment -- five days and 40 hours a week, working Christmas and Thanksgiving, no vacation or sick pay.

It’s also time to end the exploitation of “as needed” workers who may not be working 40 hours a week, but nevertheless work on a permanent basis.

It’s time to make these workers whole -- and hire them as permanent workers with due process rights and benefits.

It’s also time to end the exploitation of “as needed” workers who may not be working 40 hours a week, but nevertheless work on a permanent basis, perhaps 28 hours a week -- two hours less than 30, the magic number that requires employers pay health benefits under the Affordable Care Act.

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One common complaint amongst the many “as needed” (over 600 in Santa Monica, some just seasonal) is that they are not given enough of an advantage when a permanent job comes open.

Click here to sign the petition calling for permanent status for Santa Monica's beach bathroom workers.

This, too, needs fixing. Let’s honor the work and experience of our “as needed” workers by giving them added points in the Civil Service hiring process. Let’s promote from within. It’s good for morale and it’s good for the City because these workers already know the job and don’t need to be trained.

The beach workers will be organizing a rally and press conference with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union Tuesday at 5:00 before the Santa Monica City Council meeting, in front of City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

This is important not just in Santa Monica but also nationally, as more cities turn towards using “permatemps” to avoid paying benefits or affording workers the right to challenge unfair working conditions.

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Show up for the workers. “An injury to one is an injury to all.” (IWW slogan)

Marcy Winograd