Get US back to work with confidence

Get US back to work with confidence

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Ashley Lindsey started this petition to President Joseph R. Biden

Our country has an enormous problem right now, and it is not that people are too lazy to get off of unemployment.  They are too scared to give up a guaranteed living wage, to risk taking an hourly job with inconsistent hours and unreliable paychecks. If people could be guaranteed the difference between their hourly pay (and or tips) and be compensated through for any dips in pay through unemployment for the remainder of the benefits each week through the Coronavirus pandemic, it would be universally beneficial. In order to enact this change as immediately as is necessary, we are asking for President Joe Biden to sign an executive order with urgency. 

As it stands currently, the restaurant industry is poised to face another wave of closures, this time facilitated by the lack of skilled applicants. Many people, myself included, having now been vaccinated, feel prepared to work again in a public facing job. For some, being at home full time is worse than many other aspects of the pandemic, and are even eager to return to jobs that we miss in some cases.  However, given the unpredictably of hourly pay structures, it is completely reasonable for many to opt for security, possibly for the first time in their lives.

We should be able to maintain this security, particularly when the alternative is for the government to continue paying out full benefits. It may be a significant logistical undertaking to enact this across the country, but it would absolutely help individuals, businesses, and even government spending. There are no logical arguments against this. Rarely is there such an opportunity to improve things for workers, business, and the government at large. 

Once again, we are asking for President Joe Biden to sign an executive order giving all hourly workers who return to work the same security as those who may choose to stay home, for whatever reason. While some weeks workers may not qualify for their state benefits, they should be allowed to continue to collect the federal bonus on weeks where they otherwise have not earned as much. This needs to be in effect for every hourly worker in the country, immediately. 
 
 
 

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