Petition to Eric Holcomb, Robert E. Carter
Wage Adjustments for Veteran IDOC Staff
I am proud to be a part of the Indiana Department of Corrections. It is an important part of our Justice System. As Correctional Professionals we serve this great state with great commitments and honor. Our duties we carry out are to ensure safety, providing a secure environment, and accountability. We preform our duties without reserve we are a few against many. We submit our mind and bodies to the hostile nature of criminal environment. This job impacts our families, our friendships, and our personal demeanor. A lot of us do not seek out proper counselling or practice positive coping mechanisms because we can't afford it. Our friends and most importantly our families have to see us struggle silently and sometimes with tremendous personal cost with the burdens of our great duty. IDOC has now increased wages from $14.16 to $16.00 per hour. This is a very positive step to helping corrections gain valued numbers to keep each of us safer. IDOC needs to partner with their veteran staff to adjust wages in a manner that is mutually beneficial to the Department and the well being of the Veterans. Veteran staff who have weathered many storms and stood firm to their duty during this staffing crisis. Veteran correctional officers are getting a $1.00 raise and if their wages do not meet $16.00 after the increase they will be increased to $16.00. This means veteran staff of 3 years will be paid pennies more than new staff. However, all veteran staff have been impacted by this. The effects of uneven wages has devastated moral in the workplace. Instead of concentrating on building up staff we are tearing each other apart. Supervisors. Sergeants will receive a $.50 per hour increase. The minimum starting hourly rate will increase from $14.59 to 16.48. Sergeants, are being put in a position where they have to risk sacrificing their career by giving up their promotions. If a new employee being paid $16.00 an hour on day one gets a promotion to sergeant he/she would get a 15% raise resulting in a minimum wage of $18.40 cents with no experience. This is just $0.17 shy of what the minimum Lieutenant pay is. Veteran sergeants will be making 2 dollars less per hour than a new employee no experience and same promotion. This does not even take into count years of experience. Lieutenants will receive a $.25 per hour increase. The minimum starting hourly rate will increase from $16.44 to $18.57 per hour. If your hourly rate is below $18.57 per hour following the $.25 increase, your salary will be increased to the new $18.57 per hour minimum. Again Veteran staff are being put in a hard spot. If a new employee day one was promoted to sergeant and then immediately promoted to lieutenant a minimum wage of $21.16 is what they would be paid. This again does not include any years experience. Captains will receive a $.25 per hour increase. The minimum starting hourly rate will increase from $17.39 to $19.65 per hour. If your hourly rate is below $19.65 per hour following the $.25 increase, your salary will be increased to the new $19.65 per hour minimum. Again Veteran staff are being put in a hard spot. If a new employee day one was promoted to sergeant, promoted to lieutenant, and then promoted to captain a minimum wage of $24.33 is what they would be paid This again does not include any years experience. After all is said and done all veteran staff wages need to be reevaluated. With this petition for veteran staff wages I hope Idoc adjust veteran staff wages to the minimum below stated for veteran staff;Officers, $16.00 per hour plus $.25 per year experience or top wage met.Sergeants, $18.40 per hour plus $.25 per year experience or top wage met.Lieutenants, $21.16 per hour plus $.25 per year experience or top wage met.Captain $24.33 per hour plus $.25 per year experience or top wage met. It should not take 20 years of service to make top wage at any job. Most officers are not even close to top wage and they have been here 15 years making less than $20.00 even after this $ 1.00 raise! We are asking for wage equality. Please raise support for our veteran staff! Lets raise our voices together and be heard!
Petition to Austin City Council, City of Austin, Texas
MAKE AUSTIN AFFORDABLE AGAIN
Most people living within the Austin City Limits are not able to afford housing off of their single income. Due to the constant expansion of our city the property taxes and rates keep increasing but as a citizen working a 40 hour work week I would not be able to afford my $1,100 rent on my one bedroom apartment if I weren't married and sharing the expense with another person. The minimum wage should be increased to reflect the growth of our city and make it easier for native austinites to keep their homes, afford the rent and live within city limits. Other large cities have adjusted accordingly; it's time for Austin to re-evaluate.
Petition to Susan Wolf Ditkoff, Michael Glover
A Fair Contract for Brookline Teachers NOW!
The Brookline Public School teachers and para-professionals have been working without a long-term contract for a year and a half. These teachers and para-professionals care deeply about the education and welfare of our children and we want them to be fairly compensated for their hard work, supported to do their best work and we do not want them to be over-burdened by administrative tasks, meetings and paperwork. As parents of Brookline K-12 students and citizens and voters in Brookline, we want you, the School Committee to IMMEDIATELY finalize a contract with the teachers.
Petition to Gary Wing
Raise the Wages for Teachers Working for the Benicia Unified School District
The Benicia Unified School District has a teacher problem. Not directly with the teachers, but a shortage of teachers, as well as the treatment of teachers. As a result of many teachers that may choose to move to districts with higher pay (such as Mt. Diablo Unified District, which gave an 8% raise over the course of two years), fourteen other teachers had to give up their prep period, which is the time they usually have to prepare for their other classes, to teach these vacant classes, devoid of an instructor. The overloading of work from teaching six periods slow down the process of our grades, the students’ grade, for their classes being put in. The freetime they have to help us outside of class is limited as well, especially in the cases of Advanced Placement courses. Teachers that would write letters of recommendations to the top colleges we want to attend are now bombarded with loads and loads of extra work. This affects the students presently, and now the future of our education. As a result of failed negotiations with the school district for a raise, the teachers are currently on a “work to rule” strike, which means the teachers would arrive at the time they start getting paid. As a result, doors are closed during snack, lunch, and after school for help on tests or homework. We won’t be able to have grades entered in for assignments that will increase our failing grades, and with the end of third quarter right around the corner, the grades will soon be finalized, unrepresentative of our work for this particular quarter. We, the students, are asking the Benicia Unified School District to reconsider negotiating a raise for the hard work teachers are doing for us. We are asking for 500 signatures. If the Benicia Unified School District does not put forth these negotiations by March 17th, the end of the third quarter, a student walk out will occur at 8:30 that morning, and the students will walk to the Benicia Unified School District office in protest. The plaque in the Benicia Unified School District’s office reads “We want all students to achieve their highest potential in an engaging, inspiring, and challenging learning environment”, If they want to these students to “achieve their highest potential”, please consider this for our teachers. Our third quarter grades won’t represent our highest potential if this doesn’t go through. Thank you.