Topic

Lineman

2 petitions

Started 11 months ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Congress, The White House

Linemen Should Not Be Recognized as First Responders

This petition: https://www.change.org/p/first-responder-status-for-the-line-industry wants to get linemen to be recognized as first responders.  I am a lineman in the Houston, TX area.  Linemen are tradesmen (and women too, I suppose, though I’ve never met any). Linemen are NOT first responders and should not be recognized as such. We are paid very well to do our job. But that’s all it is; a job.  Linemen and first responders both work all hours of the day and night and may be called out to work at any time. But first responders respond to life threatening situations and save lives. Linemen do not. First responders are recognized as heroes, as well they should be. Linemen should not be.  If linemen are suddenly considered first responders because we can and do get called out at all hours to get the power back on, then who’s next? Because it wouldn’t stop with us. Next thing you know, electricians would be, because they can be called to do work or inspections at all hours to provide a service for someone in need. Gas men would be. Tow truck drivers. That guy that from the locksmith that comes to make you a new key to your car in the middle of the night when you’ve lost your key. I’m sure there are many others, but is going on really necessary? So I want to cancel out the above petition. Last I looked, they were going for 75,000 signatures. I’d like to double whatever they get. Let’s get 150,000+.  Do not donate anything, if that’s even an option. Just sign. 

Joah Kurtz
84 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Congress, The White House, Donald Trump

First Responder Status for the Line Industry

I do not know one Lineman that expects praise, recognition or thanks. However, these brave, hardworking men and women risk their lives everyday to bring comfort and security to people's homes. That is on an easy day! On a storm it gets even worse through sleep deprivation, lack of food and water and horrible weather. I am starting this petition to have those in the Line Industry to be legally recognized as First Responders. Since Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit the United States I have seen post after post on social media sites complaining. Complaining we all have come to get used to, it's expected, but for Linemen and their crews to be turned away from places (restaurants, City Hall's, etc) and not be offered any sort of refreshment because they're not first responders is appalling! They deserve so much better than the treatment they are being given and their families deserve to be able to know that yes, their spouse or significant other is okay and safe. These men rush straight into the storm while others are running away. If that isn't what a brave, courageous first responder looks like, than I truly do not know what does. **Senate Resolution 95, does not "officially" name Linemen as First Responders but does designate a day of recognition, National Lineman's Appreciation Day (April 18th)   113th CONGRESS1st Session  S. RES. 95 Recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 10, 2013Mr. Isakson (for himself and Mr. Bennet) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to RESOLUTIONRecognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety, and expressing support for the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Whereas the profession of linemen is steeped in personal, family, and professional tradition; Whereas linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes; Whereas linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity high atop power lines 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to keep electricity flowing; Whereas linemen must often work under dangerous conditions far from their families to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the United States; Whereas linemen put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work; and Whereas April 18, 2013, would be an appropriate date to designate as National Lineman Appreciation Day: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate— (1) recognizes the efforts of linemen in keeping the power on and protecting public safety; and (2) supports the designation of April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day.    

Tina Jones
72,079 supporters