Stop Lobbying Against Health Care for Workers!
  • Petitioned Neil Trautweinn

This petition was delivered to:

VP, Employee Benefits Policy Counsel
Neil Trautweinn
Board of Director's Committee on Employment Law
Kelly Knott
National Retail Federation
Matthew Shay
National Retail Federation
Kathy Mance

Stop Lobbying Against Health Care for Workers!

    1. Petition by

      Retail Action Project

This week, CEOs of America's booming retail industry are meeting at the National Retail Federation's (NRF) annual conference. The topic? "Conscious capitalism". While retailers made record profits this holiday season, the NRF retailers are also trying to get out of having provide health insurance to their frontline employees.  The National Retail Federation (NRF) boasts that retail supports 1 in 4 American jobs. Retail does mean jobs in our economy - but as the largest low-wage employers who don't offer benefits to the majority of their employees - are these the kinds of jobs that can support an American family? 

According to a new report based on hundreds of surveys of retail workers:  “Discounted Jobs: How Retailers Sell Workers Short”  just released at the annual NRF convention by the Retail Action Project, 70% don’t get health insurance from their job.

The Federation’s ongoing campaign “Retail Means Jobs” has prioritized blocking the “employer responsibility” requirement scheduled to go into effect in 2014 under health care reform. This provision of the Affordable Health Care Act would penalize employers that didn’t offer health benefits to employees working 30 or more hours per week. In order to create good jobs for American families, the National Retail Federation must drop their opposition to the employer responsibility provision, and prioritize creating full-time jobs with benefits.

Tell Matthew Shays, the president of the National Retail Federation, to show they value their front-line workers by offering adequate pay, benefits, and hours to the working people who make the industry grow.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. The New York Times is listening to your voices!

      Media are exposing the fact that only one out of ten of hundreds of retail workers surveyed in New York City received health benefits from their employer!

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Raylon Joseph JEANERETTE, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      It's sad how little companies think of the people who keep them open...ridiculous if you ask me!

    • Sharon Smith COOKEVILLE, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      I work in food service at a college and am tired of working the hardest at the bottom of the pay scale bringing in the money for our corporate executives.

    • Michael McGrail LAWTON, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      This is simply wage slavery.

    • terry yanishefsky BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      people shouldn't die because they can't afford health insurance

    • Jessica Schrock COLUMBIA, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      If retailers do not want to give a healthcare option, then they should pay higher wages to offset the cost to the individual. Even the college educated are having to grudgingly take stints in retail these days, and they can't afford even preventative visits on such wages.


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