Petition to United States Forest Service, Donald Trump
Forest firefighter pay raise
U.S. Forest Service firefighters risk their lives every day they work. What’s more, they spend weeks at a time away from their families as they put themselves in harm’s way to protect others. These brave women and men, to whom we owe so much, have been under a pay freeze. It is time for the pay freeze to end, and for them to receive a raise. My name is Alexis, and I’m the proud wife of a US Forest Service firefighter. I know what it’s like to go without seeing my husband for up to 8 weeks, striving to keep a brave face and hoping our two children won’t lose their father. When he does finally return home, he is twenty pounds lighter due to the strain of the work. People like my husband deserve to be paid fairly, not to have their wages frozen over political fights. These men and women are dedicated to serving others. When they are not battling blazes in life-threatening temperatures, or hiking with half their bodyweight on their backs, they are training to be the best crew they can be when a crisis does arise. And yet, they are under a pay freeze. The pay they do get doesn’t reflect the job they do. It is time for President Trump to lift the pay freeze and give a raise to our US Forest Service firefighters. Most people don’t work in jobs where their life is on the line. We have jobs that often come with air conditioned offices, lunch breaks, and the ability to go home to our families every night. Many of those jobs pay better than what forest firefighters earn. I respectfully ask that you take a moment to research what a US Forest Service firefighter job entails. You will find out how often they come close to death, and that many don’t make it home. Once you see what they do in the line of duty, I believe you will agree that they deserve our support in getting their wage freeze lifted and their pay increased.
Petition to Sonic Drive-In
Ask Sonic to add a tip option on electronic transactions at carhop stations.
I believe that income inequality is one of the greatest threats facing families across our country. Those in the food service industry typically earn low wages and often times they struggle to survive even with tips. I recently stopped at a Sonic Drive-In and used my debit card to pay because I had absolutely no cash on hand. I was unable to tip my carhop as a result because there is no option to do so. My food arrived and was delivered by a middle-aged woman who looked as though she had been working all day. This is unfair to her and others working at Sonic Drive-In establishments because most people no longer use cash when making purchases. I understand that the minimum wage needs to be adjusted and that is a cause that I will continue to embrace. However, in the meantime, the very least I can do is demand that companies like this take steps to ensure workers are able to adequately receive tips. Let's stand with Sonic workers! #FreeTheTips
Petition to CEO, ADD
Demand Higher Pay For Group Home Workers!
Group home workers take care of the most fragile individuals in our society, and receive pay rates less than employees that work at Costco, Home Depot, and Starbucks. Aid To The Developmentally Disabled, Inc is known for being the lowest paying agency in our area in comparison to other local group homes. On top of low pay rates, employees at ADD have lost all incentives, including wage increases, bonuses, and healthcare reimbursement. Low pay equals high turnover rate, and low morale. The Direct Support Professional's and Managers deserve higher pay, and something needs to be done now!
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.
Petition to Joe Beyer, Tammy Duckworth, Daniel Lipinski, Bruce Rauner, Dick Durbin, Joe Beyer
Stop restaurant owners from deducting "tip charge" fees from servers' tips
As a veteran in the service industry, I have recently come to find that it is totally acceptable by FLSA standards for restaurant owners to pass along credit card transaction fees, pertaining to the tip portion of the bill, on to their employees. Now with that being said, it is not THE LAW, it is just not illegal. It is however, bad employee/management relations, and something that needs to be addressed. As many know, a restaurant's waitstaff is taxed with W2 forms, not 1099s, as independent contractors, therefore, they do not have the discretion on which payments they'd like to accept. A business accepting credit cards as a form of payment, is a standard of doing business, which is now being passed down to employees. Not only is this kind of business dubious, dishonest, and crooked, it is also, more often than not, completely misused. Most credit card companies charge different percentages to use their services. Consequently, this makes it hard to find an average percentage on which to charge the employees for their "tip refund." By and large, employees are being overcharged by their employers. This petition is important to me because not only am I in the service industry, but many of the most hard working people I know are as well. We are working 40 plus hours a week for these companies; without overtime pay, paid time off, FMLA, or healthcare. We work hard to feed our families. We spend countless hours away from our loved ones, providing exceptional service to our customers and being star employees, sometimes not even working for minimum wage. Passing down a charge for something the employee cannot control needs to end. After all, if the average 2% isn't a "big deal," then why aren't the business owners covering it?
Petition to U.S. Senate, Kentucky State Senate, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Kentucky Governor, Matt Bevin, Kentucky State House, John Yarmuth, Hal Rogers, Whitney Westerfield, Julie Adams, Morgan McGarvey, Perry Clark, Jimmy Higdon, C.B. Embry, Gerald Neal
2018 - Kentucky Senate Bill 87 - Increase Jury Pay
Senate Bill 87 - 2018 Session: Increase pay to Jurors now paid just $12.50 a day! The wage for jury duty has not been raised in over 30 years! Introduced on January 4 2017 & 2018 Amend KRS 29A.170 to increase payment to jurors for jury duty in Circuit and District Court from five dollars to ten dollars per day; provide that jurors be paid fifteen dollars per day as reimbursement of expenses incurred; amend KRS 32.070 to provide that persons summoned for jury service in Circuit Court and jurors serving as grand jurors and petit jurors be paid the sum of fifteen dollars per day as reimbursement of expenses incurred.
Petition to Texas State House
To vote NO to HB 2543
Teachers are worth more than $27,540 a year. The STAAR test is not a measure of a good Teacher. The growth, and indexes of testing accountability are also not comparing apples to apples in every classroom. Unfortunately, even after many letters, phone calls, and Social media campaigns the Senate Education Committee passed SB 893. This Bill will allow School Districts to use standardized test scores as a major evaluation tool. Teachers are some of the hardest working, caring individuals in the world. They pay for their jobs! They buy the supplies for the classroom and their students. They work before 8 a.m. and hours after 4 p.m. The Texas State Senate has embarrassingly DISRESPECTED EVERY TEACHER in the STATE of TEXAS by voting to reduce salaries without steps! They have also disregarded the lack of Teacher retention in the State. It is now up to the House of Representatives that WE THE PEOPLE have voted and put into office to hear our voices and vote in favor of TEACHERS!!! Please sign the petition!
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!