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Petition to James Cocuzza Sr., Thomas Foley, George Hoff, Chris Christie, Frank Pallone, Cory Booker, New Jersey State House

Lift residency restriction of Keansburg EMS volunteers

I’m a US Army combat veteran who’s looking to answer the call to serve once again. I'm big on camaraderie and the Brotherhood-like bonds when it comes to working as a group or in teams. Teams you trust are what create success in an organization. Being from a town that used to be known as West Keansburg, I have made friends in Keansburg. Not Hazlet. Keansburg. A problem that someone who lives in my area might have, is the residency restriction on membership for Keansburg Emergency Medical Services (KEMS), and I believe that it should be lifted - for the safety of our residents and for those who wish to volunteer from nearby towns. Building bonds and friendships over the years helps to keep an organization strong. Being forced to go to a town that’s 4.5 miles from my home, where I would have to create new bonds and friendships, makes little sense. There is no reason why someone in former-West Keansburg needs to wait for EMS from Hazlet, a call that is 4 miles away, when there is KEMS less than a mile away (0.7 mi. from my location). This could be the difference in a life-and-death situation. Thus far, in 2017, Hazlet answered 640 calls between January and May; KEMS has answered 1,137 calls YTD, and of those, 101 were transported just in September alone. Keansburg is a prominent summer attraction and they can use the extra volunteers from neighboring towns when needed, whether they just need a driver or extra qualified hands on deck; but they are not just a summer EMS unit, they run 24/7/365 helping people. At one time, there was a need for slots to only be available per town, for Keansburg, there were 25, but there is no need for it now – it was recognized, then lifted. The residency restriction is also an obsolete concept, and needs to be lifted as well, so that people who live nearby can volunteer their time and dedication to the residents; so the EMS Personnel can answer a call that is closer to them to potentially save someone who wouldn't have lasted a few more minutes. Wouldn't it make sense to contact the closest EMS to the situation? Why are we calling EMS from a further distance, in any situation, for help? They need the extra hands, especially in the summer, to better serve the community. Help me lift the residency restriction so that others like me can serve their communities. We need this residency restriction lifted so that Keansburg EMS can aide in making our towns a better place!

Paula Sharkey
461 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Nicola Beech

Save the Bristol Marina Boatyard - a Piece of Living History

Bristol Marina Boatyard is under threat.  Current plans by Bristol City Council mean that the lease for the complete site may not be renewed.  If the existing boatyard was lost, Bristol Harbour would lose a vital source of services and employment. The city would lose an essential part of its maritime heritage. The history of boat building and repair on the site of the current boatyard goes back to 12th Century Bristol.  It is a piece of living and working history - providing emergency and support services to the harbour, as well as boat-building and restoration for the community.  It is the last facility to lift and repair large vessels including dredgers which are essential to protect the harbour and river from flooding. Bristol City Council want the land to expand the site used by the SS Great Britain.  This would effectively slash the Boatyard in two, making it impossible to service larger vessels and rendering the business nonviable. While this museum is a valuable tourist and educational attraction for Bristol, current plans for the expansion of the SS Great Britain site would have devastating consequences for an actual example of marine history: a living, working boatyard situated next door. Bristol Marina has invested heavily over the years and responded to the needs of the Harbour and community.  Please make room for the Boatyard to continue in its current form.

Kien Leong
21 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to MP Esther McVey

All employers to cover interview travel expenses

Campaign for employers to reimburse candidates’ travel expenses is launched, in support of boosting uk labour force and improving social mobility Debut, the award-winning student and graduate careers app has launched its ‘Getting There’ campaign today, which will lobby Government to introduce guidelines for employers to proactively offer travel reimbursement for all ‘in-person’ interviews, to better support the UK’s labour force and improve social mobility.   The campaign is in response to research undertaken by Debut, which revealed that the average cost of attending an in-person interview is £41, equivalent to eight percent of the average family’s weekly household spend.[i] The research has revealed that graduates entering the job market attend an average of six ‘in-person’ interviews amounting to a cost of £246. For those already in employment, over half (51%) said they have taken a day of annual leave to attend an interview – worth £117.46[ii]. This, in addition to the cost of travel, is often not achievable on the average monthly budget.   The ‘Getting There’ campaign is underpinned by a petition which will be presented, in addition to the research, to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The campaign and petition will urge the Government to outline official recommendations for employers to put a proactive reimbursement plan in place, to support candidates in their search for work. Best practice employers who already offer to reimburse all or a percentage of a candidate’s travel costs include: Siemens, E.ON and Capgemini. How it can work As part of the campaign research, Debut has consulted candidates and employers to define the best travel reimbursement plan that can work for all parties. It was agreed that the cost covered by the candidate should be a maximum of £20, and anything thereafter should be reimbursed in the following way, with a cap of £100, and only if valid proof of purchase is submitted to the employer: Micro Businesses (10 employees or fewer & turnover under £2 million) = 20% of any costs up to £100 Small Businesses (50 employees or fewer & turnover under £10 million) = 30% of any costs up to £100 Medium Businesses (250 employees or fewer & turnover under £50 million) = 50% of any costs up to £100 Large Businesses (251 or more employees & turnover of £50 million or more) = 100% of any costs up to £100 For candidates who are asked to travel from outside the UK for interviews, it will be up to the employer’s discretion to cover more than £100, but the recommendation will be to agree this beforehand on a case-by-case basis. Charlie Taylor, Founder and CEO of Debut comments on the ‘Getting There’ campaign:  “As the only mobile app in the UK that is proactively supporting a mobile-first generation with their transition from education into employment, we are very close to the issues that young people face. However, our research quickly revealed that this isn’t a problem faced only by the younger generations.  All people of working age are affected by this shortfall, which is having a knock-on effect on the movement of people and the speed at which the labour market moves. “Because we, at Debut, are modernising the way in which employers recruit, and applicants apply – via mobile -  we think our powerful data and our progressive approach puts us in a strong position to identify issues that candidates are facing and lobby for small but important changes that will have a positive effect on each individual, and the UK economy.”   Stephen Isherwood, CEO of the Institute of Student Employers is fully committed to pushing the campaign forward, based on his knowledge of employers failing to support candidates’ requirements:  “Our organisation did a member survey last year to ask how many student and graduate employers were proactively offering reimbursement for interview-related travel – the shocking fact is that just 26 percent of them are already doing so. “Some employers do offer reimbursement, but fail to communicate this fact publicly, before the application stage. This could deter students who can’t afford the travel. The best practice is for employers to communicate what they offer in terms of reimbursement on their careers pages – that way there’s no grey area. It’s often not a case of ‘refusing to pay’ for travel, but more about a level of uncertainty about what to cover, and how much to cap it at. These national recommendations for all employers will clear that up.   “The ISE fully supports the ‘Getting There’ campaign, and we look forward to sharing the recommendations with our 300 members.” The ‘Getting There’ petition can be signed now here. On Thursday morning Debut will be publishing a blog for candidates to find out more about the campaign here. Debut is also responsible for the Fight For Feedback campaign, which is currently being reviewed by Ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions – the campaign received national support when it launched in May 2017 with backing from the UK’s leading HR stakeholders including the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) Investors in People (IIP), Business in the Community (BITC) and Federation of Small Business (FSB) amongst others, and hopes to receive official government support later this year.  [i]  [ii]

Lisa Malyon
13 supporters