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Petition to Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance, Richard A. Jeffers, Attorney General Maura Healy, Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts Supreme Court, Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts Governor, Martha Wishart, Representative Timothy R. Whelan

Remove Director Richard A. Jeffers, Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance

Unemployment Assistance is a public good and is therefore required under constitutional law to provide due process in determining benefits for its recipients. The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance has failed in its role by gross criminal negligence that is hurting claimants and forgoing due process of applications. As a result, these people of Massachusetts have suffered immense financial hardships due to the mishandling of their claims. As the director of the agency, Mr. Richard A. Jeffers is responsible for the operations of the agency and adherence to state laws. Therefore, it is perhaps in our best interests to pursue a mass tort claim against the agency (per MTCA), to remove Director Jeffers immediately from his position, and to pay damages to victims of the agency's misconduct and criminal negligence so as to avoid further suffering of beneficiaries. Documented claims of misconduct and criminal negligence by the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance employees include, but are not limited to: - Neglect of due process - Failure to provide public goods and services to approved applicants (claimants)  - Mishandling of sensitive claimant information (Social security numbers, wages, place of residence)  As such, a tort claim should serve to alleviate the financial hardships incurred by claimants by the misconduct of the agency, as to be determined by the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. The Attorney General Maura Healy is responsible for further investigation into said misconduct and criminal negligence.     

Tami Pudina
13 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Roy Cooper, North Carolina State House, North Carolina State Senate

Change NC state law that prevents people with disabilities from receiving unemployment

Imagine you've worked for 9 years and you lose your job.... when you file for unemployment benefits you are denied b/c the state you live in says you are "not able" to work.... how would you feel? Workers with disabilities that were recently laid off and can't find new jobs due to COVID-19 are now in crisis because of state law NC GS 96-14.9c.  This law prevents people who receive/apply for disability benefits from being eligible for unemployment b/c the State of North Carolina considers them "not able to work."  Note- this law is disproportionally impacting the group of people who chose to replace their disability check with a paycheck. How does this make any sense? What happens to all of the money that their employers paid into the unemployment system on their behalf? Other states do not have this restriction. See Maryland's law. In fact, there is only one other state that does to "top story." Advocations and their clients have appealed these decisions, reached out to legislators, disability rights groups, etc. but the only answer we've received is "state law is state law." Therefore, it's time to change this law.  By lending your support for this petition, one of the people you will help is T-man. He's given me permission to share his story and the link to the trailer for Adventures with T-man, the documentary Wake Forest's graduate school filmed about his life. T-man has worked since he was 19 and achieved every goal that he's set for himself, including earning two degrees, going to work full-time, and getting his first apartment.  Now because of this law, he's at risk of losing everything he has WORKED so hard to achieve.  From T-Man's last unemployment appeal letter: "Your decision to withhold my unemployment means that I will become homeless unless I am able to immediately find work. I was having a hard time finding a job when the unemployment rate was at an all-time low, now unemployment is at an all-time high... What am I supposed to do?  I am a taxpayer and I lost my job. Why do you treat me differently because I have a disability? Your state law says people like me can’t work, I can and want to work. Please reconsider your decision."  Yet, this issue is much larger than T-man.  Based on the SSA website, there are more than 147,000 SSDI beneficiaries in North Carolina that are between the ages of 18-65.  Many can and want to work, but as demonstrated by the NC law GS 96-14.9c the system is designed to keep them on disability "benefits" and in poverty for the rest of their lives. It's time we take a stand together. Will you join us? *If this law has impacted you or someone you love, please reach out to me directly.

Lindsey Haaser Braciale
2,541 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Tammy Baldwin, Michael F. Bennet, Richard Blumenthal, Cory A. Booker, Sherrod Brown, Maria Cantwell, Benjamin L. Cardin, Thomas R. Carper, Robert P. Casey Jr., Christopher A. Coons, Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Duckworth, Richard J. Durbin, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Kamala D. Harris, Margaret Wood Hassan, Martin Heinrich, Mazie K. Hirono, Doug Jones, Tim Kaine, Angus S. King Jr., Amy Klobuchar, Patrick J. Leahy, Joe Manchin III, Ed Markey, Robert Menendez, Jeff Merkley, Patrick Murphy, Patty Murray, Gary C. Peters, Jack Reed, Jacky Rosen, Bernie Sanders, Brian Schatz, Charles E. Schumer, Jeanne Shaheen, Kyrsten Sinema, Tina Smith, Debbie Stabenow, Jon Tester, Tom Udall, Chris Van Hollen, Mark R. Warner, Elizabeth Warren, Sheldon Whitehouse, Ron Wyden, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Inc, Apple, Facebook, Visa, Mastercard, Intel, AT&T, Verizon, Cisco Systems, Netflix, International Business Machines - IBM, Adobe Systems, Oracle, PayPal, Intuit, T-Mobile, Comcast, Chuck Grassley, Mo Brooks

Tell Joe Biden & Democrats to Hire Americans First

As a Black American and lifelong Democrat, I am excited about how we influenced the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election. However, I believe that for decades the Democratic Party has not delivered transformative economic policy that is specific to Black Americans. We want the party to begin delivering and it can start by working together on these two immediate concerns: Winning Georgia’s two Senate seats Opposing changes or the elimination of the Executive Order (E.O.) 13788, Buy American and Hire American Winning Georgia’s two Senate Seats The Democratic momentum needs to continue so that Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock win Georgia’s two Senate seats. The Democrats need Black voters to rally behind and support this critical and must-win election. President-Elect Joe Biden, Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris and each Congressperson needs to endorse, support the senators fundraising efforts and encourage the Democratic Georgians to get out and VOTE. Oppose changes to or eliminating Executive Order (E.O.) 13788, Buy American and Hire American We want you to OPPOSE any changes or the elimination of this order. We understand the country needs a new comprehensive immigration plan however eliminating this order will cause grave harm to American workers who are unemployed or under-employed due to COVID-19. The Democratic Party can use this order to unite the country by offering a fair labor market that focuses on reskilling and hiring Americans. Unemployment is an issue for the country and especially for the Black community. Black unemployment surpasses all ethnic groups at 10.8% as of October 2020.  Good paying jobs with benefits are important to reduce the unemployment rate.  Filling American jobs with immigrants via the H-1B visa program has a negative effect on US workers especially Black Americans. The Black community rallied behind the Democratic candidates for the 2020 Election.  Additionally, Biden said he would not take Black voters for granted. With that said, we want the Democratic leadership to encourage Biden against changing or eliminating Executive Order (E.O.) 13788, Buy American and Hire American.

Emmanuel Jackson
166 supporters