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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Bill Dodd, Gavin Newsom, DIane Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris, Mike Thompson

Armer Law; They take care of us. We need to take care of them.

Santa Rosa Police Detective Marylou Armer was denied COVID19 testing twice before she went into the emergency room, was put into a coma and died alone. Armer spent two weeks with a fever, aching body and shortness of breath. Armer asked twice to be tested for COVID-19. Armer was denied by Kaiser Permanente’s Vallejo Medical Center. She was not considered vulnerable because of her age and no underlying medical conditions. Armer was finally cleared to be tested on March 23, when her husband brought her to the emergency room. She was sedated, intubated, and placed in a medically induced coma. She died on March 31. Armer was with the Santa Rosa Police Department for 20 years and her death is devastating to all who worked with her to help victims of crimes that include domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse and elder abuse. But this is not an isolated incident. There have been several first responder deaths as a result of COVID-19 in the past few weeks – and there will be more. To date more than 20 law enforcement personnel alone, as well as nurses, doctors and firefighters have died from COVID 19.  Athletes and Celebrities, and those with money at their disposal have been getting tested when they have no symptoms. Marylou knew something was wrong and was denied access to healthcare that may have saved her life. "Armer Law" would allow that during any epidemic or pandemic, first responders which include but are not limited to; law enforcement, social workers, healthcare, and EMS workers, can NOT be denied testing, and should automatically be approved at the first sign of symptoms. They are on the front lines, entering people’s homes and having to make physical contact with the public, and they have the highest risk of exposure. Also provided would be regular, continued testing if necessary, and treatment covered by worker’s compensation, not sick leave. This death was preventable.  Our first responders take care of us, it is time to take care of them.   

Megan Berger
107,019 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to President Robert Barchi, Board of Governors

We Are Not Disposable: Don’t Let Rutgers Purge Dedicated Teachers!

Monday, April 13, 2020 To President Barchi, the Board of Governors, and the broader Rutgers community: We Are Not Disposable: Don’t Let Rutgers Purge Dedicated Teachers On April 2nd, in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, Rutgers announced a hiring freeze for all employees, including its adjunct faculty (called Part-Time Lecturers or PTLs). As most PTL contracts must be renewed each semester, this “hiring freeze” could effectively amount to termination for many of Rutgers’ most valuable educators. Since April 2nd, top administrators have instructed some university deans to reduce PTL positions by as much as 25 percent, and to also make cuts to curricula. Administrators made these decisions unilaterally, without consulting the labor unions that represent the more than 20,000 workers essential to fulfilling Rutgers’ core mission. Why are administrators endangering the education of our students and threatening to harm the most vulnerable members of its faculty? In response to this outrageous and unfair policy, we, the undersigned, demand the following of the administration: Rescind the April 2nd policy announcing a PTL hiring freeze; Rescind any instructions to Deans to cut PTL hires by 20% or more.  Further, in light of the nature of the COVID-19 health emergency and its implications for the lives and well-being of Rutgers most vulnerable teachers: Immediately provide access to Rutgers health clinics for PTLs, and all other uninsured part-time employees at Rutgers, free of any charge; Provide compensation in the amount of $1,250 per course to PTLs who put in extra hours to rapidly transition to remote instruction; Cancel spring course evaluations because it is unfair to evaluate PTLs for teaching for courses that were transitioned to distance learning; Advance all qualified PTLs applying for promotion this semester (before June 1st), without “classroom” observation; and Recognize and empower a Rutgers Community COVID-19 Task Force in which all stakeholders—representatives of faculty and other Rutgers’ unions, student representatives, and community leaders—are equal partners in crisis response. Context: Rutgers employs roughly 3,000 PTLs statewide, who teach thousands of courses, and tens of thousands of students, every semester. Most PTLs make less than $5,500 per course with no benefits, and have worked overtime this spring without additional compensation for moving courses online. Cutting the number of PTLs not only weakens Rutgers’ primary institutional mission—to educate students—it also makes little financial sense. Reducing PTL courses by 20-25% will net less that $6 million in savings, perhaps far less. If Rutgers needs to save money, why not do what Stanford and other universities have done, and begin with temporary pay cuts for top administrators who have the highest salaries? For example, athletic coaches some of whom earn well over a million dollars, continue to draw salaries even while Rutgers sports are suspended. Additionally, there are 247 administrators at Rutgers who make more than $250,000 a year. Temporarily capping salaries at $250,000 could save $29 million. Further, there is no evidence that the university in fact faces any budgetary emergency. We know that Rutgers retains a “rainy day fund” totaling as much as $805 million, and that it will receive federal stimulus aid (around $55 million). Why not use these funds to ensure the quality education and protect some of the university’s most experienced teachers? Why look to layoff the lowest-paid faculty members, especially when alternative employment is likely to be severely limited due to hiring freezes at other universities? The COVID-19 pandemic is laying bare the inequities in our workforce and our workplaces. Rutgers PTLs stand together, and in solidarity with all members of the Rutgers community and beyond, whose jobs and well-being are threatened by this crisis, to say: “We are not disposable.” Together, we have the power to stop the university’s thoughtless efforts to manage this crisis on the backs of its most vulnerable employees. We, the undersigned, call upon the administration to do the right thing and respond quickly to this petition and its demands. The PTLFC-AAUP-AFT Executive Board Ann Alter Lauren Barbato Frank Bridges Roseli Golfetti Sheryl Goski Amy Higer David Letwin Paul More Heather Pierce Bryan Sacks Dan Sidorick Karen Thompson Alex Walter David Winters Deonca Williams

PTL Faculty Chapter, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
3,549 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Choice Hotels International, Hotel Owners, Managers, and Employees, Wall Street Journal, Lodging hospitality, Washington Post

CHOICE Hotels: STOP Unfair Business Practices and Revise COVID-19 Outbreak Response

While our federal government seeks ways to alleviate the shared pains of their citizens during this crisis, we are appreciative of the $50 billion aid package implemented by our President, as well as the Small Business Administration (SBA) efforts to provide relief to small business owners. Shockingly, Choice Hotels International (CHOICE) has continued to fail its franchisees, property management teams, and employees, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus continues to wreck havoc globally, with the hospitality industry right in the cross hairs. Our hotels are rapidly losing revenue by the minute and as a byproduct, the daily lives of our hourly employees are being up-ended in a drastic fashion with necessary staffing level reductions. The majority of franchisees have personal guarantees on their commercial mortgages and the livelihoods of millions are at stake. Franchise fees, marketing fees, brand standard penalties, etc. have continued to precipitously increase year over year. This has not only affected the lives of hoteliers themselves, but of their team members, who are subsequently faced with less than competitive wages because of the ever-increasing cost of operating hotels. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Choice franchisees and team members were expecting more relief than what has been offered to date. While Hilton and Marriott offered immediate materially impacting concessions such as PIP suspensions for one year and QA audit suspensions for three to six months, Choice leadership decided to suspend PIPs and QAs for thirty days only. What does this say about Choice as a franchisor? This highlights the tone-deaf nature of the executive team and those in the C-suite. Sitting in their plush corporate offices, they do not understand the realities we are facing on the ground as struggling hoteliers attempting to stay afloat amidst an unprecedented global crisis. We demand the following from Choice’s leadership team: 1.)    Reduce or suspend franchise fees/royalties as we navigate through this crisis. 2.)    Suspend liquidated damages for Choice franchisees who choose to leave the system, due to an existential threat to their business. 3.)    Suspend vendor mandates during this crisis period and allow franchisees to purchase products in the most cost effective methods with the greatest value-add available to them. 4.)    Suspend QA audits for a period of no less than one year. 5.)    Suspend PIPs for a period of no less than two-years to allow franchisees an adequate recovery period. Please sign this petition to protect our investments and the livelihoods of millions of our employees, managers, and colleagues. We, the undersigned individuals, will boycott future franchise affiliation with Choice due to ongoing unfair business practices unless there are immediate remedies.

Joe Public
7,147 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to The Honorable Mike Morath, State Board of Education, State Board for Educator Certification, Governor Greg Abbott, Educator Certification, Waivers , Senator Ted Cruz, Keven Ellis, Marty Rowley, Complaints and Grievances Department

Waive the Science of Teaching Reading Exam (Texes 293) for Teacher Candidates

The State of Texas and The Texas Education Agency passed a new testing requirement for educator certification in 2019 called the Science of Teaching Reading Exam (Texes 293). As it is currently written, any future educator who does not hold a standard certificate by 12/31/2020 will be required to take a pass this new exam in order to gain licensure to teach in the certification fields below. • Early Childhood: EC – Grade 3 • Core Subjects: Early Childhood–Grade 6 • Core Subjects: Grades 4–8 • English Language Arts: Grades 4–8 • English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies: Grades 4–8 This new testing requirement goes into effect on 1/1/2021. With all the chaos that the year 2020 has brought us, the timing of this new requirement is less than ideal and highly offensive to intern certified teachers in the state of Texas for several reasons: 1. Intern certified teachers have been working around the clock this school year. Being a first-year teacher in a normal year is challenging enough but during a pandemic when many are expected to teach in-person and online is crippling. There is simply not enough time in our overloaded schedules for an additional and unexpected exam requirement. 2. In addition to the stress of managing online and face-to-face classrooms simultaneously, many intern year educators are burdened with the anxiety of maintaining their students' health, their families' health, and their own health during this pandemic. 3. Intern certified educators are blessed to have maintained employment through the pandemic and closures from COVID-19 however, each family has its own struggles and many may have spouses that are unable to work or they or their family may have medical issues that limit their ability to work at this time. The new Science of Teaching Reading exam adds a financial burden on intern teachers and their families. This new exam costs $136. If a teacher does not pass, they are required to take it again and again paying full price each time. 4. Many school districts across the state ask that all certification exams for intern teachers be passed by March in order to renew contracts for the following year. They want to know that these educators will have their standard certification by next fall. With the new testing requirements, many teachers will not be able to show proof of standard certification by March. This will put their employment with their district in jeopardy. 5. All of the content area tests listed above have tested the same material that will be on the Science of Teaching Reading Exam. To intern teachers and anyone who has already shown mastery on their content exam, the Science of Teaching Reading Exam is redundant and unnecessary. 6. The state is still unsure of how to exactly grade the Science of Teaching reading exam. For the first three months of 2021, the test will not be scored but rather listed as pass or fail. First-year teachers and those who have shown mastery of the content should not have to waste their time taking a required exam with no scoring rubric. 7. Testing centers and spots are limited already due to social distancing practices. With many first-year teachers also still needing to take the PPR and ESL exams this will lead to more time taken away from students and school as well as some travel to get to a testing site with available spots. First-year teachers and future Texas educators who have passed their content exams are tired, nearing burnout, and are frustrated with this new requirement. Teachers teach because they love their students and want to help them grow. 2020 is challenging but we can help our students to the best of our ability. In order to give all the energy we possibly can to our students (who need us now more than ever), we are asking that if someone has 1) Earned their intern certification and/or 2) Began teaching at any point this fall they should be grandfathered in and not required to pass the STR exam in order to earn their standard certification. This will help first-year teachers to truly take care of their students' education in the way each child deserves.

Ashley Johnson
6,269 supporters