Petition to The Museum of the City of New York, The Puffin Foundation
Let the people of New York see labor's story! Stop the censorship of The City at the Crossroads of History!
As individuals deeply concerned about both the history and current status of the labor movement, we are writing to oppose the suppression and censorship of a major new labor mural, The City at the Crossroads of History. The four panels of the recently created mural illuminate many of the great chapters in the history of social movements in the city, including labor strikes, desegregation struggles, the building of industrial unions, women’s and gay rights, the civil rights movement and more. An entire section of the mural was designed for young people to be photographed with the likes of A. Philip Randolph, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King, Eugene Debs, Frida Kahlo, John Lennon and other inspiring figures. One of the county’s leading mural artists, Mike Alewitz, was commissioned by the Puffin Foundation to create this work specifically for a new gallery about the history of social activism in New York. It is the product of years of research and preparation. But after being promised installation at the Museum, it has been rejected on political grounds - presumably because it unabashedly and proudly reveals the militant history of the working class. We believe that events like the strikes of maritime workers, the Stonewall rebellion, the fight for the 8-hour day, rent strikes, the anti-Vietnam War movement, the Black nationalist movement and the rest of our history deserves to be seen by the very people who build and provide the resources to maintain cultural institutions like our foundations and museums. We believe that Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, Margaret Sanger and a host of other individuals who went to jail or gave their lives for our movement should not be hidden from view. To deny our legacy, in a gallery that purportedly represents the tradition of social activism, is an insulting slap in the face to activists, artists, unionists and all those whose work contributes to the prosperity of the city. Mike Alewitz was asked to create this work and encouraged to do so over the course of several years. His mural proposal was unanimously praised and accepted by the Puffin Foundations’ officers and the committee of leading historians and cultural figures that oversaw the construction and installation of the Puffin Gallery. Now the museum, at the behest of Director Susan Henshaw Jones, has refused to install the mural. Attempts by the National Coalition Against Censorship and others to discuss the issue have not even been acknowledged. For a top museum official to step in and deny the installation of the mural is no different than censorship directed against other artists, such as when Diego Rivera had his murals removed by Nelson Rockefeller. We believe that the people of New York have a right to see their history. We demand that the Museum of the City of New York and the Puffin Foundation provide an adequate exhibition space for our story! * * * PowerPoint tour of the mural: The City at the Crossroads of History: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tIw5DK-Fit900un-WTDPoIajF9wfjp39XJIY7cMHZ5s/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000 Fact Sheet on the Censorship: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1v9zaYVXemuHEm2V18Qz-ZPYG_2fSARSMUAfXVfh7hxI/pub Biography of Mike Alewitz: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FlimRnwePDxeDyRtvGv14acZEX2AIVF2WGCQI4MdNLQ/pub
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!
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, Joe Kennedy, Charles Schumer, Joseph Addabbo, Rhode Island Governor, United States Supreme Court, New York State House, Human Rights Campaign, New York State Senate, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts State Senate, Rhode Island State Senate, Rhode Island State House, United States Department of Labor, Paul Feeney, Bernie Sanders
Stop Letting Employers Terminate Employees because of Drive Cameras
Employers use this to discipline Employees and possibly terminate them for almost any reason they seem deemed fit regardless of whether or not they were involved in and accidents or broke any traffic violations. Many companies that use these cameras initially present this to both employees and Union representation as a means of protecting the company in case of an accident. Which is completely unnecessary because accident investigators can determine who is at fault without the use of these cameras. No one's livelihood should be at stake for these tedious reasons. So let's join together and make it so employers no longer have the right to do this.
Petition to Jody Lake
Help protect workers at Hard Rock Las Vegas make worker retention a condition of sale!
In 2009 workers at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas came together to improve working conditions. The Hard Rock continues to drag out negotiations for a contract. The NLRB has found the Hard Rock guilty of violating workers rights. Now the Hard Rock is for sale. Historically in Las Vegas when a hotel or casino is sold worker retention is a condition of sale, without it all of our jobs are at risk! Tell the Hard Rock to make worker retention, for all current employees, a condition of sale! En 2009 trabajadores del hotel Hard Rock en Las Vegas se unieron para mejorar sus condiciones del trabajo. El Hard Rock continua alargar negociaciones para un contrato. El NLRB a encontrado al Hard Rock culpable en violando las leyes del trabajador. Ahora el Hard Rock esta de venta. Historicamente en Las Vegas cuando un hotel o casino se vende la retencion del trabajador esta tambien de venta, sin esto todos nuestros trabajos estan en riesgo! Diganle a Hard Rock que agan la retencion del trabajdor para todos sus empleados, una condicion de venta!
Petition to Dennis Williams, Brian Keller
Take back Your Power as a UAW Member, by Using Your Voice.
The Membership of the UAW has been losing rights, benefits, wages, and power for many years. It is important to put a stop to leaderships lack of concern about members rights and the Memberships Voice. The Membership is the Union and as such should have much more say in who is being elected to the highest offices, have more say in the everyday business of locals, and be heard when speaking to and requesting of the UAW International. It will take Leadership Reform to bring about significant change in how our Union is being operated and how the Membership is being represented. It takes the Members standing together and demanding their Voice be Heard. Signing this petition sends a message to the Solidarity House, so send it to your Union Brothers and Sisters and sign it to tell the Leadership that the Membership as a whole wants to see change for the Membership. The Changes Membership wants, not want the Leadership wants for the Membership. Also, commit to having a local rally in your area. Be the Line to say enough is enough, Join the Line.