labor rights

20 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to H&M, Adidas, Gap Inc., Gap, NIKE, , , , , , , Marks & Spencer, , Inditex, , , , , , , ,

Garment Workers on Hunger Strike in India!

We are workers at Avery Dennison India Pvt. Ltd in, and also members of Garment and Textile workers Union (GATWU) Bangalore, India, and we are now on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane behavior of our management, and also violation of various Indian labour laws!! It's a multimillion dollar operation which produces products for brand giants such as H&M, Adidas, Zara, Levi's, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Nike, and many others. For many years, Avery Dennison has been paying us differing wages for the same amount of work, through subcontracting out some of us but not others. They have used this as an excuse to pay UNDER the already-low minimum wage for the work we do! Several of our colleagues have been forced to work back-to-back short-term contracts for the same amount of work, with no stoppage, just like permanent employees, but with none of the benefits, some for over 10 years. This is completely unacceptable; we have the right to provide for our families just like any other worker. When we see the CEOs and owners of some of these firms making the list of richest billionaires in the world, we know that it is our labor that creates their profits, yet our factory refuses to respect our basic rights or the rule of law. This is why we decided to form a union. With the support of Garment and Textile Workers' Union, we organized to tell our employer that we deserve our basic rights. The employer, instead of respectfully negotiating with us, decided to retaliate. They illegally dismissed 44 of our colleagues for daring to stand up for our rights and to scare us into submission. But we will not be intimidated! We are now on our 5th day of our hunger strike to demand that they: Reinstate ALL terminated workers Make contract workers permanent Provide equal pay for equal work Stop worker discrimination Stop union busting! Join us to demand that Avery Dennison, and the brands that work with them, do the right thing!  Signed,  Avery Dennison Pvt. Ltd. Workers Bangalore, India

International Union League for Brand Responsibility
74,709 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Paula Johnson

Petition to Let the Greenhouse Workers Keep Their Jobs

One of Wellesley’s points of pride, and deservedly so, are its greenhouses and botanical gardens. They reflect the care and commitment of the three long-term union employees, Tricia, David, and Tony, who have dedicated a combined 97 years of service to the College. Now Wellesley College has plans to remodel the greenhouses, and along with these plans comes the intention to remove these three union jobs. As they near retirement, the administration is planning to replace these employees with new “professionals” who possess master’s degrees. According to the administration, despite the decades of work performed by these union employees, all three new positions require managerial or professional expertise, and there is no place in their grand reorganization scheme for the skills and labor that have made the greenhouses and botanical garden what they are today. Rebranding these jobs does not change the fact that union work will still need to be done: the grass will need to be mowed, the plants will need to be weeded, pests will need to be dealt with, and bushes and trees will need to be pruned. The college could have made an effort to include the union workers in their reorganization plans, given the depth of their knowledge and experience, and provided them an opportunity to gain whatever additional training will be needed. Instead, the administration announced its intention to terminate the three union positions, giving the affected employees only their contractual right to bump into unrelated jobs for which they are qualified, but have never worked, during the final years of their employment. Not only are three members of the Wellesley family being replaced, but this restructuring of the greenhouse reflects a disturbing trend within the college, where loyal employees are being displaced and their jobs filled by non-union workers, whether managers, contractors, “casual” employees, or in this case “professionals.” The lives and service of union workers who have dedicated themselves to Wellesley College, and who make the campus a welcoming and comfortable home for students, no longer matter. The administration needs to realize that they cannot play around with people’s livelihoods for the sake of appearing more “professional.” Wellesley SLAP and the Wellesley College Union demand that these three dedicated union workers retain their jobs. Tell Paula Johnson to stop unnecessary job shifts! Respect union workers!

Wellesley College SLAP
1,935 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Rhode Island State House, Rhode Island State Senate

Demand Rhode Island tax dollars create quality, local jobs

While $54 million of Rhode Islander's tax dollars were very famously squandered in the 38 Studios debacle, there are tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer money given out every year to wealthy developers that hire construction companies that cheat their workers, exploit immigrant laborers, engage in tax fraud and expose their workers and surrounding communities to asbestos through improper abatement. Recently, near Olneyville, improper asbestos and lead abatement was documented on a property owned by Brady Sullivan Properties - a construction project financed by half a million dollars of tax credits. The workforce on the site was from out-of-state, were unaware of the dangers the lead they were working with could impose on themselves and their families and were being paid substandard wages on top of it. Now, Buff Chase is building market-rate housing in Downtown Providence using an out-of-state construction company that has repeatedly hired subcontractors who engage in wage theft, tax fraud, child labor, immigrant exploitation and worker misclassification. Callahan Inc., the construction company, recently settled a lawsuit regarding improper abatement of asbestos on the grounds of an operating YMCA. Last year in Fall River, a gas line was ruptured on a Callahan jobsite and local schools had to be evacuated by the fire department. The project Callahan is working on is being funded by nearly $20 million of tax credits - almost 40 percent of the project. As taxpayers, we shouldn't be responsible for funding this slap in the face to our community, our workforce and our children. When tax dollars or tax credits are used to finance wealthy developers with little regard for their workforce, all of Rhode Island loses. We miss out on proper payroll tax revenue, the workers' income tax revenue and the benefit of quality community jobs. We, the undersigned, petition legislators and the Commerce Corporation to take Rhode Island's working class into account and include strict provisions for accountability on the construction site or in the selection of general contractors when the public is funding development through our many tax incentive programs. 

Benjamin Branchaud
161 supporters