Thank you to all of the many supporters and advocates that made this possible. Here is a great summary of the changes the WFCA will be bringing to employment law on June 6.
Here's a great Forbes profile on Ally and Scott Svenson, founders of MOD Pizza, a Fair Chance Coalition supporter. The company has a broader view than one might typically encounter on who can make a good restaurant employee:
You’ll meet other employees in various roles who don’t fit the glossy, stereotypical idea of a worker in a fast-paced high-volume restaurant setting, due to physical, mental, and intellectual disabilities or a background that includes prison time or substance abuse.
Ally Svenson talks about a particular second-chance employee who, instead of watching a homeless man dig through a MOD Pizza's trash can, offered to make the homeless man a pizza. A customer was impressed by the second-chance employee's goodwill, left a $20 tip, and the second-chance employee put the $20 on a gift card for the homeless man. Ally says this about the second-chance employee:
"She now looks at the world through a lens that she didn't have before. Her outlook today has been shaped by being given a job opportunity with people who have her back, with coworkers who make her feel that "We’ve got you. We're taking care of you. We're here to help." We encourage people, to do what they can to help, whether it's helping a fellow Mod Squadder or a customer. Using the business to do this is its true and proper purpose.”
There's no mystery about one of the most effective ways to end mass incarceration in America: reducing recidivism. More than three-quarters of those who have served time in prison are rearrested within two years. And it's equally clear that formerly incarcerated people who are employed are far less likely to end up back behind bars.
New ACLU report can be read here.
The WSBA's Civil Rights Law Section supports the Washington Fair Chance Act:
Watch the January 25 House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee hearing.
Updated 4:53 pm: Hearing on SB 5312 will be on Wednesday, February 1 at 1:30. You can watch the hearing here: http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017021030
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