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Health and Safety

1,151 petitions

Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to United Parcel Service

Demand UPS provide Air Conditioning to all drivers

As a nurse of 20 years, I’ve seen dozens of patients who have suffered from heat stroke. Last summer, my husband -- a UPS delivery driver -- was one of them. In all but one state, UPS does not provide air conditioning for their drivers -- even in the blistering summer heat. Join me in demanding that UPS keep their employees safe by adding AC to their delivery trucks. After several days of working in the humid August heat in 2016, my husband woke up feeling ill. Hours later, he was in the emergency room and his kidneys were failing. My husband was re-hydrated and stabilized by a team of doctors. He was one of the lucky ones. Drivers like my husband are at incredibly high risk during summer months, when temperatures in their trucks can climb to 180 degrees. As a result, they can face dehydration and heat stroke, which can have life-threatening consequences. Because UPS won’t protect their employees, drivers like my husband are forced to protect themselves. He tries to save his vacation for the hottest weeks of the year, but it’s nearly impossible to predict. After 14 years as a dedicated employee of UPS, I can’t believe my husband has to worry about his safety at work. UPS: We know you care about your service, now show us that you also care about your people. No one should have to go to work not knowing if they are going to make it home. Sign now to demand that UPS protect their employees.

Theresa Klenk
283,976 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Senator Gladys A Robinson, Senator Phil Burger, NC Senator Jeff Jackson, North Carolina State Senate

End the Contributory Negligence Law in N.C. Pedestrian vs Vehicle.

North Carolina is one of only five states, out of fifty, who still adheres to the strict doctorine of Contributory Negligence which states that if a plaintiff sues a person under the theory of negligence, the plaintiff will not be able to recover if his injuries were caused by his own negligence, even in the slightest.  My 23 year old, mentally ill daughter was a pedestrian who was killed by a negligent driver and we were not able to obtain a lawyer who would assist in fair responsibility and compensation due to this doctrine and therefore our family was left with funeral expenses and trying to figure out why her death was just considered an ordinary unfortunate accident even though the driver of the vehicle had a certain percentage of fault which was not able to be addressed. I, as a mother, am left feeling as though my hands are tied in the death of my daughter caused by a negligent driver. North Carolina is considered one of the most unsafe states in the U.S. for pedestrians. North Carolina is ranked 7th for having the highest fatality rate in the U.S. from January 2017 to June 2017. The contributory negligence law in the state of North Carolina is in dire need of termination.  Getting rid of this doctrine would help pedestrians who are extremely vulnerable against vehicles in an accident where the driver would have to take the responsibility he caused in the accident. Whereas now, if a pedestrian is hit and injured, or in my daughter’s case, killed, other families would be able to obtain recovery for the full extent of their injury or for the family in the event of death. North Carolina should follow suit with that of its sister state, South Carolina, and use a comparative negligence standard. Under this doctorine, each party’s precise percentage of responsibility will be ascertained in order to determine their liability for the accident. The apportionment of fault is critically important. 

Mignon Elkes
856 supporters