Petition to Walgreens
Provide Hazardous pay to all employees
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused an order on restaurants, bars, and parks to be closed. Only essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies are open to the public. All retailers like CVS, Amazon, Aldi, and Walmart have given their employees a raise and some include a bonus. Walgreens has only announced a $300 taxed bonus for full-time employees and $150 taxed bonus for part-time employees. This does not include salary waged employees, which means Store managers will not get anything at all. Store managers and pharmacists have been working long hours every day since this crisis started. Us employees working at essential considered retail stores are exposed to the virus every minute of our shift. We have cleaning guidelines to follow but that does not control the amount of people that come in to the store. We are risking our health to be open for those who may need of our services. So I ask from you to please sing this petition so ALL Walgreens employees can get hazardous pay. I think as a pharmacy focused retailer it is vital to be there for those who need a medication to stay alive. It would be nice to feel appreciated by our company during these hard times.
Petition to Kroger's grocery store owners
Kroger's employees are still valuable
Kroger's grocery store owners have deemed it no longer necessary to pay their employees what they're worth. They will no longer pay their employees the additional $2/hour after next week is over. Why? They no longer consider them "heroes" as frontline workers. This pandemic is far from over, so join me in telling Kroger's they need to continue to support their employees while they risk their health so we can get the groceries we need. Keep the raise of $2/hour!
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, Richard Carranza, Shaun Dion Francois I Union President of Local 372
Close the Nyc public school kitchens for spring break
Since the closing of schools, kitchen laborers were forced to go into work during this pandemic and being exposed to the coronavirus. These buildings are not getting the cleaning they need and are still being utilized. Very few children have appeared for breakfast or lunch so there is an increase in food waste. Presently we are being compelled to serve food to grown-ups which is not in our contract. Kitchen laborers are genuinely worried and stressed out about there own family and nobody is taking that into consideration. More than 10 people are working in some of these kitchens and are at higher risk of getting sick so where is the social distancing if the social setting has exceeded the limit. No mask or any kind of protection was given making staff even more vulnerable and endangering the people around them. Workers are becoming ill and are compelled to come in light of the fact that they have depleted all their sick time and they have to choose between making money or there well being. Staff is depending on spring break as a way to practice social distancing and spend time with there loved ones. Staff is relying upon spring break as an approach to rehearse social separating and to spend time with there family. We are asking the Mayor and Chancellor of New York City and the Governor of New York State to MAINTAIN the forthcoming planned NYC Spring Break from April 9 through April 19 and to waive the yearly 180 school day without penalty. Should you NOT do as such: Be reminded that MANY Kitchen workers will be unavailable of those Spring Break days in any case in light of strict commitments that the City and State are legally bound to recognize. Should you NOT do as such: Be aware of the additional compensation to the kitchen laborers who can work in the event that you order schools stay open during Spring Break OR the need to then shorten the school year. Should you NOT do as such: Consider that your activities just add to the socio-passionate stressors that every single affected family as of now feel and this is in total infringement of your duties in support of the individuals of this extraordinary City and State. Reasonable leaders make reasonable decisions, and so-- again-- ALLOW the kitchen laborers of NYC to enjoy days of peace, rest, so they can enjoy time with there loved ones during the pandemic.
Petition to Florida Governor Ron Desantis, Collier County Department of Health
Governor DeSantis, Collier County: Protect Florida farmworkers during the COVID-19 crisis!
We urgently call on the office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Collier County Department of Health to take all necessary steps to protect the community of essential farmworkers in Immokalee during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic: Community-wide Testing: Provide additional, consistent, accessible COVID-19 testing resources Contact Tracing and Isolation: In collaboration with global healthcare leader Partners in Health (PIH), ensure effective contact tracing protocols and a separate quarantine space to ensure COVID-positive patients in Immokalee can self-isolate in order to stop the spread of the virus in the community and relieve stress on the local health system PPE: Require agricultural employers to provide personal protective gear, particularly masks, to farmworkers for use while they are traveling to and from the fields Economic Relief: Allocate public funds for economic relief for Florida farmworkers Over the past several months, Florida became a global hotspot of the coronavirus pandemic, reaching record-breaking infection levels in early July that would have ranked the state 4th in the world for new coronavirus cases in a day if it were a country. The rural farmworker community of Immokalee contributed more than its fair share to this grim achievement: To date, there have been over 2,250 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Immokalee, surpassing totals in many of the state’s much larger coastal cities. Sadly, farmworker leaders with the CIW predicted this outcome since the very onset of the pandemic in March. But despite having more than sufficient time to prepare for the onslaught, state and local health officials failed to adequately respond to the growing public health crisis, at both the state and Immokalee community levels. Florida and Collier County officials were slow to lock-down economic activity and late to implement widespread testing in Immokalee, allowing the virus to establish a secure foothold in the community. They then largely failed to build the kind of contact tracing and isolation systems necessary to locate and contain the virus, and were too quick to re-open economic activity, providing the virus fertile ground for its almost unchecked spread from May to July. At this point, it is a largely known fact that farmworkers are more vulnerable – at home and at work – to contracting the coronavirus. They live in overcrowded housing, are transported in packed vans and buses, and too often have no personal protective gear. Furthermore, Immokalee does not have a hospital to quarantine and treat positive cases. With the fall harvest season fast-approaching, Immokalee’s population is set to double as thousands more essential workers return to town, and thousands of school-aged children are returning to in-person classes unsure of the dangers that lay ahead. A second perfect storm of contagion is brewing on the horizon, and we cannot afford to fail again. We need your help to renew the call for immediate action from Florida officials ahead of the fall harvest to protect the farmworkers who feed us all. Email Gov. DeSantis’ office today and urge him to protect the health of Florida farmworkers: GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com P.S. Want to help the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' on-the-ground efforts? DONATE TODAY: https://makeallfoodfairfood.funraise.org/ ESPAÑOL Hacemos un llamado urgente a la oficina del gobernador de Florida Ron DeSantis y al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Collier para que tomen todas las medidas necesarias para proteger a la comunidad de trabajadores agrícolas esenciales en Immokalee durante la pandemia de COVID-19: Pruebas en toda la comunidad: Proporcione recursos de pruebas COVID-19 adicionales, consistentes y accesibles Rastreo de contactos y aislamiento: En colaboración con Partners in Health (PIH), líder mundial en el cuidado de la salud, garantice protocolos de rastreo de contactos efectivos y un espacio de cuarentena separado para garantizar que los pacientes con COVID positivo en Immokalee puedan aislarse por sí mismos para detener la propagación del virus en la comunidad y aliviar el estrés en el sistema de salud local Equipo de protección personal: Exigir a los empleadores agrícolas que proporcionen equipo de protección personal, particularmente máscarillas, a los trabajadores agrícolas para que los usen mientras viajan hacia y desde los campos. Ayuda económica: Asignar fondos públicos para ayuda económica para los trabajadores agrícolas de Florida En los últimos meses, Florida se convirtió en un punto de acceso global de la pandemia de coronavirus, alcanzando niveles récord de infección a principios de julio que habrían clasificado al estado en la posición #4 en el mundo por nuevos casos de coronavirus en un día. La comunidad de trabajadores agrícolas rurales de Immokalee contribuyó más de lo que le correspondía a este sombrío logro: hasta la fecha, ha habido más de 2,250 casos confirmados de COVID-19 en Immokalee, superando los totales en muchas de las ciudades costeras mucho más grandes del estado. Lamentablemente, los líderes la Coalición de Trabajadores de Immokalee (CIW) predijeron este resultado desde el comienzo de la pandemia en marzo. Pero a pesar de tener tiempo más que suficiente para prepararse para el ataque, los oficiales de salud estatales y locales no respondieron adecuadamente a la creciente crisis de salud pública, tanto a nivel estatal como de la comunidad de Immokalee. Los funcionarios de Florida y el condado de Collier tardaron en bloquear la actividad económica y tardaron en implementar pruebas generalizadas en Immokalee, lo que permitió que el virus estableciera un punto de apoyo seguro en la comunidad. Luego, en gran parte, no lograron construir el tipo de sistemas de rastreo y aislamiento de contactos necesarios para localizar y contener el virus, y fueron demasiado rápidos para reabrir la actividad económica, lo que proporcionó al virus un terreno fértil para su propagación casi sin control de mayo a julio. En este punto, es un hecho ampliamente conocido que los trabajadores agrícolas son más vulnerables, en el hogar y en el trabajo, a contraer el coronavirus. Viven en viviendas superpobladas, son transportados en vanes y autobuses repletos y, con demasiada frecuencia, no tienen equipo de protección personal. Además, Immokalee no tiene un hospital para poner en cuarentena y tratar los casos positivos. Con la temporada de cosecha de otoño acercándose rápidamente, la población de Immokalee se duplicará a medida que miles de trabajadores esenciales más regresen a la ciudad y miles de niños regresen a clases en persona sin estar seguros de los peligros que se avecinan. Una segunda tormenta perfecta de contagio se avecina en el horizonte y no podemos permitirnos el lujo de volver a fallar. Necesitamos su ayuda para renovar el llamado a la acción inmediata de los oficiales de Florida antes de la cosecha de otoño para proteger a los trabajadores agrícolas que nos alimentan a todos. Envíe un correo electrónico a la oficina del gobernador DeSantis hoy y exija que proteja la salud de los trabajadores agrícolas de Florida: GovernorRon.Desantis@eog.myflorida.com
Petition to Secretary of Transportation, Congress
Truckers are stepping up for America. Now, it's time for America to step up for truckers.
Over the past month, truckers have stepped up for America to ensure the supply chain stays intact during the 2020 COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. They have done so at great personal effort, sacrifice and risk. American citizens, including teenagers and police officers, have, in turn, responded to truckers' plight and have tried to help truckers find food on the road to keep the deliveries coming. The government could be doing so much more --from providing testing locations that accommodate big rig trucks... to distributing masks... to dealing with Mega-brokers who are exploiting independent truckers during this difficult time and causing freight rates to drastically fall. We, the undersigned Americans, support America's 3.5 million truckers. We hereby petition the Secretary of Transportation to stand down on current public policy plans to replace truckers when this crisis is over by ushering in driverless trucks. That is not the way to #ThankATrucker after all truckers have done for America. We believe this planned obsolescence will not only eliminate driver jobs but will endanger the motoring public. We contend you cannot replace human judgment on the road, which is grounded in empathy, with artificial intelligence and autonomous machines. We also call for Congress to replace the current Federal motor carrier regulatory model. For FY 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requested a $665.80 million budget from Congress, which included $284 million for Motor Carrier Safety Operations and Programs and $381.80 million for Motor Carrier Safety Grants. Over the past 20 years, this agency has been allocated over $5 billion for internal operations. Here is what American taxpayers have gotten in recent years for their money: *The 2018 Large Truck Occupant Highway Fatality Rate is at a 30-year high in the immediate aftermath of the onset of Electronic Logging Devices. Because truckers are regulated by the clock and paid by the mile Big Trucking induces truckers to speed to maximize productivity. Drivers should be paid a base salary plus performance incentives so they are not working under stress to avoid starvation. *When you do the math, 2.4 occupants of large trucks died every single day in 2018. *In 2017, 4,889 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 9-percent increase from 2016 (this has now been skewed to lower the percentage to 4.9% by removing certain vehicles, which, when combined with trailers still constitute a commercial motor vehicle over 10,000 lbs).** *The number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 42 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009.** *From 2016 to 2017, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 6.8 percent, from 0.146 to 0.156.** *There was a 40-percent increase in the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses between 2009 and 2017. ** *From 2016 to 2017, the number of fatal crashes involving large trucks or buses increased by 8 percent.** *The number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses increased 62% from 2009 to 2015.** *From 2016 to 2017, according to NHTSA's CRSS data, large truck and bus injury crashes increased 4 percent (from 112,000 in 2016 to 116,000 in 2017).** *From 2016 to 2017 the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 10 percent, from 4,251 to 4,657, and the large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased 6 percent, from 1.48 to 1.56. The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 5 percent, from 102,000 to 107,000. The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes increased by 3 percent, from 351,000 to 363,000. The number of buses involved in fatal crashes decreased from 234 to 232, a decrease a mere 1 percent.** **SOURCE: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/safety/data-and-statistics/461861/ltcbf-2017-final-5-6-2019.pdf We now call on Congress to #SaveTruckers and specifically provide an economic stimulus package to #SaveSmallBusinessTruckers who are now on the verge of going out-of-business. Without same, America's supply chain will suffer a terrible capacity crisis when manufacturing spontaneously returns to full force and there are no longer sufficient trucks to service our supply needs. Please save America's truckers from extinction and #MakeTheRoadsSafeAgain. MEDIA CONTACT: James@truckers.com
Petition to City Council Members
Hazard pay for front-line city personnel (Columbus, Georgia).
To Whom It May Concern, Recently, the city of Atlanta (Georgia) implemented a hazard pay policy for front-line city employees; as we all face this time of uncertainty. With the administrative order, "new hazard pay policy applies to almost 5,400 front-line staffers including: sworn public safety positions and civilians performing critical watershed, aviation, solid waste, transportation, inspection, parks, and recreation, and other frontline functions." https://www.cbs46.com/news/city-of-atlanta-front-line-worker-to-receive-hazard-pay/article_323526fe-735a-11ea-8867-3fa7290a02b5.html https://www.ajc.com/news/breaking-news/atlanta-mayor-orders-extra-500-per-month-city-front-line-workers/C6qHb1brtuBTlmFxGE3gfI/ Please, consider the same for city workers in Columbus. Such an imperative measure, may substantially aid in improving worker morale during the current (unprecedented) COVID-19 global pandemic. Very respectfully, Citizens of Columbus (Georgia) and Friends.
Petition to Smithfield Foods, Kenneth Sullivan, Glenn Nunziata, Dhamu Thamodaran, Dennis Organ, Keira Lombardo, Joe Weber, WH Group, Renee Chen
Smithfield CEO must step down!
As of April 27th, 2020, nearly 900 workers at Smithfield’s Sioux Falls, SD plant have tested positive for COVID-19, making the plant one of the country’s largest hotspots. Two workers have died so far. Despite workers’ pleas for greater protections, the company failed to act responsibly. Now its employees—and their communities—are paying the ultimate price. Smithfield’s leadership must be held accountable for this suffering and other injustices they have caused, starting with CEO Kenneth Sullivan. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted Smithfield’s refusal to protect worker and consumer health. Smithfield slaughter plant workers describe feeling pressured to come into work even when feeling ill and exhibiting symptoms. One worker in South Dakota told a reporter, “Those people don’t care about us. If you die, they’ll just replace you tomorrow.” Smithfield’s response to the outbreak? A spokesperson blamed the “living circumstances in certain cultures” for the mass outbreaks. Instead of taking ownership, Smithfield’s leadership used problematic rhetoric and deflection tactics to get out of protecting their workers. As a North Carolinian, I am deeply familiar with the injustices Smithfield inflicts on the most vulnerable members of society. Here, Smithfield is well known for putting profits over public health. More than 500 North Carolina residents—the vast majority of whom are people of color—have sued the company for subjecting them to the intolerable experience of living next to a mega factory farm. For decades, they’ve endured the unbearable stench of pig waste that is kept in massive, open-air pits then sprayed into the air. Scientists have even documented pig feces on and inside residents’ homes. Smithfield has the power to address these concerns, but it has done nothing. Animals, too, suffer at the hands of this exploitative company. Pigs raised for Smithfield are crammed by the thousands inside filthy factory farms and treated like unfeeling commodities, despite the fact that they are incredibly intelligent and capable of feeling pain. Smithfield claims it is moving away from gestation crates—tiny cages that trap mother pigs, preventing them from even turning around—but investigations reveal they have not kept their promise. Under Kenneth Sullivan’s leadership, Smithfield is causing extraordinary harm to workers, communities, and animals. This company puts profit above all else and rakes in billions of dollars yearly at the expense of those who have few means to defend themselves. It’s time we say enough is enough. It’s time for Kenneth Sullivan to step down as CEO.Photo credit: NBC News
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.