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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, Donald J. Trump, Kay Ivey, Bill Walker, Doug Ducey, Asa Hutchinson, Gavin Newsom, Jared Polis, Ned Lamont, John Carney, Rick Scott, Nathan Deal, David Ige, C.L. "Butch" Otter, Bruce Rauner, Andy Beshear, John Bel Edwards, Janet Mills, Charlie Baker, Gretchen Whitmer, Tim Walz, Tate Reeves, Michael L. Parson, Steve Bullock, Pete Ricketts, Steve Sisolak, Chris Sununu, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Andrew M. Cuomo, Roy Cooper, Doug Burgum, Ohio Governor, Kevin Stitt, Kate Brown, Pennsylvania Governor, Gina M. Raimondo, Henry McMaster, Kristi L. Noem, Bill Lee, Greg Abbott, Gary R. Herbert, Phil Scott, Ralph S. Northam, Jay Inslee, Jim Justice, Tony Evers, Mark Gordon, Cathy McMorris Rodgers
COVID-19: Cleaning is Essential & Preventative Health Care
Mr. President, State Governors, and CDC Officials: My name is Grace Reynolds, President of the American House Cleaners Association - and community leader of over 19,730 professional house cleaners in the United States of America, the largest & most active community of professional cleaners in the U.S. - all of whom serve their local communities throughout our country in a skilled & vital way each day - before and during this COVID-19 pandemic. In this time of COVID-19, we are seeking your help and direction - for the health and safety of our professional cleaners & for all Americans. Professional cleaners are out on the front lines every day - keeping our homes and businesses safe. Our crucial role in this COVID-19 outbreak is fighting this virus and helping suppress the surge spread of infections to alleviate hardship on our medical facilities, medical supplies, and equipment - namely ventilators. Our role in this fight is imperative and essential for the health and wellbeing of our communities we serve and for our country. As you know, COVID-19 attacks our lungs - essentially resulting in severe viral pneumonia in critical cases. Indoor air pollution and poor indoor air quality (resulting from dust, debris, dander build-up in a home or business) can not only compromise individuals suffering from respiratory illness - but can help carry/transmit virus attached to particles of dust, debris, or dander in the home/office air. According to the American Lung Association, "Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections" by a greater likelihood of transmission through the air and exacerbation of symptoms once any disease is contracted. Professional cleaning is more important now than ever. Many of our residential clients completely rely on regular weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly cleaning services. Many individuals, because of medical or mental health reasons, simply cannot perform basic cleaning tasks and certainly not deep cleaning and sanitization - which is imperative during COVID-19 outbreak. For example - tens of thousands of Americans who suffer from permanent neurological deficits secondary to CVA - and many other medical and mental health issues. Our work in the community is vital and essential - especially now. COVID-19 will not be going away after the "lockdown" is over. This is a matter that is going to require, we as the professional cleaning industry - as well as society in general, to quickly adapt to and more forward with new protocols as the threat will be with us for quite some time. Our clients (residential and commercial) rely on the services of professional cleaners each day - especially now when indoor air quality and sanitization & disinfection of our homes and businesses is the only line of defense per CDC guidelines and recommendations. Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy made a statement when asked by an ABC reporter about essential businesses and in house cleaners in particular, the Governor stated that house cleaners are, "overwhelmingly essential" and that we are an essential service trade - like any other trade in our local community. The American House Cleaners Association is a professional, purpose-driven community with a mission of raising awareness, respect, and recognition for the skill, necessity, and the importance of cleaning in general for a thriving community - for a trade and profession that is often misunderstood and has been battling stigmas and various other important issues for generations. As leaders of the largest community of professional cleaners in the country - we are monitoring COVID-19, the CDC, and various other government agencies very closely. We are directing all U.S. cleaners to adopt new protocols - for their own safety and for the public we serve - and follow all CDC guidelines. Furthermore, the work of a professional house cleaner does not violate established social distancing protocols. In fact - we usually do not come within 6 feet of our clients - homes and businesses are typically unoccupied while we perform our work - or we are far beyond 6 feet from anyone. Professional house cleaners are following all CDC PPE recommendations as well as sanitization and disinfection protocols. The number of requests that are coming in all over the nation from physicians and medical practitioners (for cleaning services in their personal homes) is on the rise - as the necessity of a thoroughly cleaned home, good indoor air quality, and proper and frequent sanitization becomes more necessary. I hope I'm effectively able to communicate our position here - that professional house cleaners - cleaning professionals & companies all over the country - are an essential service to the community during these times. Cleaning is not a luxury for most folks - that's a common misperception in the industry. Cleaning is essential for most clients that hire our services - they rely on us for their health, well-being, and longevity of life. As you can imagine - there is a lot of confusion within the industry and in the public - about what new protocols we as professionals, and as homeowners - should implement with COVID-19. Some statements from Governors are clear in indicating that commercial and janitorial staff are classified as an "essential service" but are gray around professional house cleaning. At this time, we are directing all of our community members to follow CDC guidelines for PPE recommendations and proper sanitization and disinfection protocols for active and unknown COVID-19 situations. We need further direction. On Friday, we launched a campaign to petition President Trump, all state Governors, the CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, along with several other government agencies - to provide the professional cleaning industry with further insight and directives on how we can assure our safety - and the safety of the public - as well as requesting clarification that professional house cleaning is an essential trade in all 50 states. Within 48 hours, we have collected over 2,020 signatures - which have already resulted in over 10,000 signed letters to CDC and lawmakers. On behalf of the professional residential cleaning industry and professional cleaners nationwide, Thank You for your prompt response, clarification, and directives about this important matter. I am happy to speak with you further regarding this matter. Grace Reynolds | President AHCA - American House Cleaners Association www.theahca.org email@example.com
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 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.