Petition to United Parcel Service, Arizona State Senate, Arizona State House, OSHA , Donald Trump
Require UPS to provide air conditioning to delivery drivers.
Arizona experiences record-breaking heat every year. As a UPS driver who spends 8-10 hours a shift in a solid metal truck with no air conditioning, my husband is at risk of injury every workday. The temperature inside the cargo area is 15-20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. For 5 months out of the year, average temperatures in Arizona are over 110 degrees. This means that the cargo area in a UPS truck is at least 125 degrees. And since a UPS driver is not allowed to go home until all of the packages on his truck are delivered, my husband consistently runs for 8-10 hours in a fluctuating temperature of 100-125 degrees. This is extremely dangerous. UPS is the ONLY company that does not provide this comfort. In the excessive heat of the southwest, it should be mandatory for the health and safety of all UPS drivers to have air conditioning. If it is illegal in the state of Arizona to leave a child or pet in your vehicle during the hot summer months, then it is only reasonable to suggest that safety measures, such as air conditioning, be required in UPS trucks. Delivery drivers are the ONLY employees within UPS who do not have vehicles with air conditioning. Please sign, share and support us as we ask UPS to give all of their employees the same treatment, provide air conditioning for your package car drivers.
Petition to Walmart , Primark , Forever 21, Armani , Urban Outfitters
#GoTransparent: Demand to Know Who Made Your Clothes
Have you ever shopped at Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Primark, or Armani? Do you know how to find out exactly where those clothes were made, and under what conditions? Neither do we! We often lack meaningful information about where our clothes and shoes were made. A T-shirt label might say “Made in China,” but in which of the country’s thousands of factories was it made? What were the working conditions of the workers—mostly women—in these factories? The need for information about factories manufacturing for global brands has become painfully clear in recent years through deadly garment factory catastrophes. The collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on April 24, 2013 killed over 1,100 garment workers and injured more than 2,000. In the year before the collapse, two factory fires—one in Pakistan’s Ali Enterprises factory and another in Bangladesh’s Tazreen Fashions factory—killed more than 350 workers and left many others with serious disabilities. When these tragedies occurred, virtually no public information was available about the brands that were sourcing from these factories. The only way to hold these apparel companies accountable was to interview survivors and rummage through the rubble to find brand labels. Four years have passed since these tragedies. It’s time for industry-wide transparency. As a result of civil society pressure, over the past decade a growing number of global apparel companies have published information about factories that manufacture their branded products. But too many remain in the shadows. Demanding that apparel companies publish their supplier factory information could help workers by allowing unions and other labor advocates to alert brands to labor abuses in these factories. Knowing the multitude of brands that a factory produces for can help brands co-operate on solutions to labor rights problems. The new “Transparency Pledge” for apparel and footwear brands aims to create a level playing field in the garment industry. Brands that join the pledge will publish key information about their supplier factories. Developed by a civil society coalition, the Transparency Pledge is a crucial starting point for shedding light on who made your clothes. You can read more about the Transparency Pledge and the civil society coalition that developed it in a new report, Follow the Thread. Coalition members wrote to more than 70 apparel companies, asking them to agree to implement a Transparency Pledge and publish information about factories where their brands are produced. The “Follow the Thread” Campaign is asking Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Primark, and Armani to commit to the Transparency Pledge and implement it by December 31, 2017. This is the first step in making the industry more transparent and fostering an environment of accountability and protection of human rights of workers.The Follow the Thread Campaign is a coalition consisting of Human Rights Watch, Clean Clothes Campaign and International Labor Rights Forum.
Petition to Sandy Galef, Daniel Garodnick, James Sanders, Liz Krueger, New York State House, New York State Senate, New York Governor, Scott Stringer
Support A Public State Bank for New York State!
New York is laying off teachers, health care workers, and other vital servicers in record numbers. Yet, we remain both deep in debt and beholden to the the banks for money that we have to pay 5% or more to borrow. But, the fact is, there is far, far more money than needed to close the budget gap and pay for vital Government services already in State Reserves. According to the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), 2009:(http://www.osc.state.ny.us/finance/finreports/cafr09.pdf) The report expresses concern in their introduction of increasing budget deficits ($8 billion for 2009) and rising debt-servicing costs ($5.3 billion in 2009 projected to $7.8 billion in 2014).However, in the same report, there are pension accounts, worth $111 billion (42), with current member contributions at $2.9 billion (43) and benefits paid at $7.4 billion, with a whopping $99 million administration cost (none of which goes to the citizens of NY State) (43). Types of investments for this $111 billion are listed on page 84.So, the state is asking to retain $111 billion of public assets instead of paying "New York’s $9 billion budget gap" (this figure according to the Times). It’s important to understand that any state has literally thousands of various government CAFRs with investments like this. What’s required is comprehensive and independent accounting and independent cost-benefit analysis of how much money the public has handed-over to all levels of government and how to maximize public benefit.We didn't elect these people to take our money and "invest" it for us; government is not a for-profit corporation. It is a massive lie of omission to not reconsider these funds for other uses, including a state-owned public bank, based on the highly successful model in North Dakota, which has had a State Bank since 1919 and was the only state in the union to run a budget surplus during the 2008-2009 meltdown.The primary attack is that pension funds are for pensions and illegal to touch. But, keep in mind that this money is already being invested, and sometimes lost, in risky markets by the advisers New York currently pays nearly $100 million to manage their funds.None of this money is invested specifically in community based New York businesses or needs.In North Dakota, by contrast, ALL state revenues are invested into State needs - in agriculture, in housing, in student loans etc. - many of which are significantly less risky than the ventures Wall Street money managers currently "invest" in.Solution: Set up a New York State Bank, use it to make responsible loans, enable the fractional reserve system to create credit (rather than having private banks create it for us and charge us interest) that will create even more money, and pay off New York's obligations with the profits. Why should we pay $99 million to unconnected parties whose main interest is collecting fees, not benefiting New York?*** Update *** There is now a bill under Active consideration - A6110 - sponsored by Assembly member Sandy Galef, to consider a State Bank under the North Dakota model. Read more about it here: http://nyassembly.gov/leg/?term=2015&bn=A06110There is also a Senate Bill - S03260 - supporting a State Bank study commission, sponsored by State Senator James Sanders: http://nyassembly.gov/leg/?term=2015&bn=S03260 We urge support of this vital measure for all New Yorkers.
Petition to Andrew Cuomo
Dogs and Cats have a right to homes
Homeless Dogs and Cats in shelters need homes. Apartment complexes , landlords that ban Dogs and Cats increase the number of homeless Cats and Dogs, Responsible people should have a choice. Pet ownership enriches life. Co Op and Condo boards denied so many. I can't buy a home this is not fair. I work hard it seems no complexes are Pet Friendly. Is it too much to ask to have a dog. Dogs and Cats deserve homes. I just want my American Dream. This will decrease animal homelessness and give so much joy to lives of people. Don't ban Dogs or Cats from homes , Co-op's Condos , homes. Not fair. No Ban should be put on owners.
Petition to Elizabeth Warren, National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Enact the Insurance Bill of Rights
Insurance in one form or another is a part of everyone's life. This petition will help establish clear guidelines for the insurance community on communication, customer service and paying claims. If you feel that: A code of conduct is needed for the Insurance Industry like the Hippocratic Oath for Physicians; Insurance is complicated and insurance products should be easier to understand; Insurance Companies should provide a higher level of customer service with the goal of providing solutions; That Insurance Agents & Brokers & Online Services should act on behalf of the Consumer and provide insurance products that fit a plan; Then sign this petition to support the Insurance Bill of Rights which would help to ensure that consumers have a better understanding of their insurance coverage and that agents and insurance companies have a set of clear guidelines in presenting and managing insurance policies. Insurance premiums can oftentimes be the average American household's largest monthly expense even exceeding housing costs when you consider all insurance premiums: Auto, Home, Health, Life, Disability, Long Term Care and other coverages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey, 2014, insurance premiums are fifth behind housing, transport, food & beverage and pensions. It's a lot of money spent for increasingly more complicated financial vehicles. Insurance at it's core is a simple concept, yet it's undergone an evolution where it's no longer always a simple to understand product. With this complexity has come a greater amount of consumers having the wrong type of coverage, paying premiums for coverage they don't need and not having coverage that they do need. This can also make it easier for consumers to be taken advantage of. In my 30 years in the industry, I have seen many times instances where people suffer from not having the right coverage when a claim is made, to having coverage that they don't need and to being sold coverage that is harmful. Your support of The Insurance Bill of Rights will help Consumers to maximize their insurance coverage, minimize their premiums and to understand what they own. It would also help the Insurance Companies and Agents by having educated customers. Thank you for your consideration. The Insurance Bill of Rights: The Right to Have the Agent Act in Your Best Interest The Right to Receive Customized Coverage Appropriate to Your Needs The Right To Free Choice The Right to Receive an Answer to Any Question The Right to Pay a Fair Premium The Right to Be Informed The Right to be Treated Fairly and Respectfully The Right to Full Disclosure and Updates The Right to Quality Service and Fair Handling of Claims The Right to Change or Cancel Your Coverage and Be Notified of Any Change View an expanded version and learn more at www.insuranceliteracy.org. Prepared by Tony Steuer, CLU, LA Insurance Literacy Advocate, Founder of The Insurance Literacy Institute, Creator of The Insurance Bill of Rights and Author of The Questions and Answers on Insurance Book Series. All rights reserved
Petition to Richard Burr, President of the United States, Donald Trump, Thom Tillis
Approve my Social Security Disability
I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT DURING THIS DIFFICULT JOURNEY IN MY LIFE. YOUR SUPPORT, PRAYERS, ADVICE, AND FRIENDSHIPS HAVE PUSHED ME THROUGH THIS PAST Year. (I changed my main photo because some said it was too brutal to look at) MY STORY: Raleigh News and Observer article Three years ago, I was in a car wreck that left me with a traumatic brain injury. I now suffer from seizures: I simply black out, with no warning, several times a week. Because of this, I can never drive again; I can’t work. I can’t even shower alone, and I’m running out of hope. Before my injury, I was an electrician by trade. I always worked and supported my three children. I tried going back to work after the wreck, but my seizures forced me to stop. My multiple attempts to get on disability have been denied even though my medical history is well documented by hospitals, neurologists, doctors, and psychiatrists. I have given the Social Security office all the medical and financial records they have asked for. I have had a couple doctor's notes since 2014 that said I could not work because of my condition. The health coverage I have from the county is not enough. It doesn’t pay for rehab or the weeks I’ve spent in the hospital due to further brain injury caused by falls during seizures. I have lost everything I worked for all of my life. I feel so helpless. We’re looking at homelessness as a very real possibility, and all because the Social Security contract I entered into when I started paying in at 16 years old, has failed me. Please, I am not looking for handouts. Simply for the money I have paid into the system in my time of great need. Please call on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to grant me disability insurance, so that I may have a fighting chance to get better. I know I am not alone in this. I’ve talked to so many people going through similar hardships. My condition is getting progressively worse. I want so badly to live to raise my children to adulthood, to be a good role model for them, and teach them that it is possible to overcome any obstacle in this country. I can only do that with some help. Please help me call on the SSA to grant me disability insurance. I have earned it, and I would not take it if I didn’t really need it. Thank you for your time, God Bless, Christopher E Layne My life as I know it (click here) Every signature under here is probably going through the same hell or loves someone going through the same thing, fighting for their lives. Something has to change fast. One wrong fall and I will not be here any longer to see my chosen grow. Please help me by signing this petition. It truly could mean life or death. A message from my daughter
Petition to Bishop Dennis Sullivan
Request Diocesan Bishop Sullivan to delay closing St. Michaels Church in Atlantic City, NJ. All public Sunday Masses will now end on September 27, 2015.
St. Michaels Church and Parish is 112 years old and a Historic Landmark and Cultural Center for Italian-Americans and Atlantic City. St. Michaels Church contains beautiful Italian Renaissance sculptures, frescos, paintings and sacred objects that are irreplaceable. $8 Million was spent in 2000-2001 to completely restore St. Michaels Church and the adjacent Dante Hall. Closing St. Michaels Parish which occupies almost a whole city block will eliminate the heart, soul, and character of the Ducktown District of Atlantic City and allow corporate developers of outlet type stores to commercialize the community and “take over” the historic area. Closing St. Mikes will further deteriorate a community in a City that needs the Churches’ spiritual and moral leadership more than ever. St. Michaels is an icon and model of the Mission of the Catholic Church to preserve community, traditional values, and the saving message of Jesus. St. Michaels Parish has hundreds of admirers who are not aware of the Churches closing many of whom are graduates. They deserve the right and the opportunity to Save St. Mikes for the future.
Petition to Donald J. Trump
End Predatory Healthcare Pricing
I recently served as president of a Miami hospital and got an insider’s view of the healthcare system. The lack of “legitimate” healthcare pricing has destroyed the system. Ask the price of any healthcare service and you will always receive the same answer: “What insurance do you have?” Billing is determined by how much can be extracted from each patient on a case by case basis. Because billing rates are not set, the industry is able to prey on patients at their most vulnerable. And if you are out of network or uninsured, you pay the highest rates. A simple blood test for cholesterol can range from $10 to $400 or more at the same lab. Hospitalization for chest pain can result in a bill from the same hospital for the same services ranging anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 or more. Price transparency initiatives are futile when prices may vary by a factor of 100 for the exact same service performed by the same provider. To stop the bleeding, Congress need only require that healthcare providers publish “legitimate pricing” which means, they can continue to set their own rates, but - a different rate for each patient - must be prohibited. Rates must be published in a uniform format such as industry standard CPT codes or a percentage of Medicare rates. Every citizen would be empowered to search any medical procedure online and see pricing for all providers within X miles. It would be as easy and familiar as checking the price of any other goods or services. Legitimate prices mean networks will be obsolete, along with the administrative burdens, tremendous costs, and limitations on patient choice which they impose. Reducing healthcare costs is the only way to materially lower health insurance premiums. Legitimate pricing will force providers to compete. Costs and therefore insurance premiums will plummet overnight. But if we keep the status quo, we will continue to see rising prices and outrage over medical bills. We shouldn’t have a system that makes us so powerless. To reverse our nation’s financial bleeding and end restrictions on patient choice, we petition for the President-Elect's support for Congress to empower citizens by mandating legitimate healthcare pricing.