A fun fact from The Fight for $15: The Right Wage for Working America, by David Rolf (and exhaustively researched by Corrie Watterson Bryant). Jimmy John’s workers can’t work for another sandwich shop that’s within three miles of any Jimmy John’s for at least two years. Bet you didn’t realize how much intellectual property was embedded in that sub…
Amazon has done this to its temp and contract warehouse workers. Think about that – you’re a temp worker, you work at an Amazon warehouse for a week, and then you can’t work at another warehouse for a couple years. Pretty harsh. Amazon has since rescinded the policy after it got some bad publicity.
These non-competes for low-skill work are perfectly legal, and if you’re thinking “There oughta be a law…,” two Democratic Senators have proposed one, called the Mobility and Opportunity for Vulnerable Employees (MOVE) Act. You can track it at govtrack.us, which gives the bill a 1% chance of passing (it’s been in committee for almost a year).
Members of the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (yes, HELP) Committee are: