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Petition to Michael Mulgrew, Department of Education, Bill de Blasio

Help NYC Teachers Fight for Paid Maternity Leave

New York City Department of Education currently offers their teachers who have just become mothers NO PAID maternity leave. These are women who devote their lives to helping raise other people's children. After getting pregnant in 2012, I went to a maternity workshop to help understand my maternity benefits. It began as a room full of bubbly, pregnant women, and ended with many of us in tears. Here is what we learned: In order to get paid for up to SIX WEEKS (you read that right-not months, weeks) we would have to use our own small number of saved sick days. If we had none, or few (which was the case for most of us, being around children all day long) we learned that we could borrow up to 20 days that we would eventually have to repay or rebuy.   Most women never make it out of their negative balance. If you have more than one child, forget it! You have likely borrowed all you can for the first.  When I had my second daughter, even after two years of excellent attendance, I only was able to get paid for seven days after I gave birth. This is completely common among teaching mothers.  For all our union fights for, I'm asking Michael Mulgrew, our Union President: When will the fight begin for our teaching mothers? As an education system, we are well aware of the importance a parent's presence has on his/her child. Yet why don't we value that? Why do women who spend day in and day out educating, nurturing, and supporting other people's children, continue to suffer for having a family of their own? We are the teachers and the mothers of this city-- a city that prides itself on being one of the most progressive and socially conscious cities in the world- and we deserve to be fought for.      *                         *                                 *                           *                       * Click below to watch an amazing documentary done by Broadly where the terrible state of maternity leave in our country is explored and exposed How America Is Failing Its Mothers

Emily James
76,757 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Bill de Blasio, Andrew Genn

Coney Island Ferry Service

Coney Island is most famously known as an entertainment destination that caters to millions of people each year. Coney Island is also a unique neighborhood that is home to over twenty-thousand residents and it's residential population is rapidly growing. Subway commutes between Lower Manhattan & Coney Island take over an hour and fifteen-minutes without delays. A scenic ferry ride from Coney Island Creek to Lower Manhattan would cut the commute time to just 29 minutes!  A potential Coney Island Creek landing provides the following: Easy year-round access for area residents.  A short three-block walk to the amusement district. Safe boarding and disembarking of passengers. Low ferry landing construction cost. Nudges visitors to explore outside the amusement district.  Method of evacuation in case of emergency.  Across the the City of New York many neighborhoods are already part of the Citywide Ferry Network. The various routes all have the same fare price as a ride on the Subway, $2.75. This petition has three parts. The first, to prove to the City of New York that a major demand for Coney Island Ferry service currently exists. The second, the formation of a Coney Island route to be incorporated under Citywide Ferry. Lastly, a ferry landing to be built along the Coney Island Creek.  I urge you to sign this petition if you care about Coney Island. I extend a true heartfelt thank you for using your valuable time to read this petition.  -Coney Islanders 4 Ferry    

Peter Ioannou
1,411 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Melissa Mark-Viverito

Businesses for the Ban on Styrofoam Food Containers in NYC!

It’s time to ban polystyrene (Styrofoam) foam food containers in New York City! We're asking for food service establishments, restaurants, corporations and other businesses to sign on to support NYC Council bill Intro 1596, which would restrict the sale of polystyrene foam food containers, and to oppose Intro 1480, a phony recycling bill, which aims to unrealistically mandate NYC to recycle polystyrene. To sign this petition, you must be a valid representative of the signing company. Expanded polystyrene (“EPS”) foam is a non-sustainable, non-biodegradable, petroleum-based plastic material. Styrene is a known carcinogen. EPS composition allows it to break up into tiny pieces, polluting city streets and waterways. Fish then mistake the plastic for food, traveling up the food chain into the fish we buy, sell and eat every day. Organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and WeAct for Environmental Justice have joined forces with solid waste and recycling experts to strongly oppose Intro 1480, an industry-inspired bill that runs counter to recent efforts by the NYC Department of Sanitation to rid our communities of unnecessary waste. The agency recently concluded that recycling polystyrene foam in New York City cannot be accomplished in an economically feasible and environmentally effective manner. The agency’s full analysis is available here. Now we urge food service establishments and businesses in NYC to voice their opposition to Intro 1480 and instead move to ban these litter- and pollution-generating containers by supporting Intro 1596. There are many other alternatives to polystyrene take out containers including paper products, cardboard, and reusable plastic containers. Intro 1596 includes a renewable waiver option for any establishment that proves it cannot afford an alternative container. With your signature as a representative of your company, we will send a letter to NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viverito to say you stand up for the environment and for the communities you operate in; that you stand up to the plastics foam lobby; that you are prepared to make a switch from single-use polystyrene foam food and beverage containers to a more sustainable option.  When Intro 1596 is passed, NYC will join over 100 other communities around the nation that have banned the use of this toxic product.  Thank you so much and we look forward to getting rid of this pesky material once and for all in NYC! NY Daily News, Huffington Post, WNYC Video Follow Manhattan SWAB on Facebook & Twitter  #banthefoam

Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB)
20 supporters