Petition to Crystal Aquatics
Justice for Phoebe
Phoebe Markwood is one of the hardest workers I know. Her dedication to the Hamlet Pool and managing it simply cannot be matched. She's worked more hours than anyone and calls this pool her second home. Recently, she was subbing as manager at another location, the Langley Swim and Tennis Club, and received a seemingly important call while in the stand and proceeded to take it, as she is prone to helping others and making sure everyone's needs is accounted for, especially due to the fact that she wasn't attending to her own pool as the moment and was concerned for the well being of her fellow employees and patrons. A parent saw this, took a photo, and sent it to Crystal Aquatics, the company that owns all the pools in the area. Being caught in the stand on a cell phone is subject to immediate termination, which was enacted in a matter of hours. While we respect the rules set in place and recognize they are established to keep us safe and help regulate safety for members, us fellow lifeguards and parents believe this is a special case of unjust. I myself note that if this was the case at the Hamlet no parent would take such action because they know Phoebe and recognize that she would never neglect her duties as that's the professional persona she takes when greeting pool patrons and they often admire her for it; she is beloved by the entirety of the community. This bystander doesn't realize the repercussions of their actions as this is someone else's life they're affecting. The parent was concerned with the safety of their children I'm sure, understandably so, but I know for a fact if any patron was even in an ounce of danger Phoebe would chuck her phone halfway across the world and drop everything to provide care. Our Hamlet Pool is highly understaffed as it is, needing to call in substitutes almost every week to compensate for the few workers. Last year we had nearly 30 employees, and this year we're down to a mere 11. Phoebe is the glue that makes 11 workers function and the motivation to keep the Hamlet such a loving and positive atmosphere. Only a day has gone by without her and her absence is evident, not in functionality because as employees we do our best to compensate for her vacancy as she would want us to remain on task, but in spirit. We have no intent to slander Crystal Aquatics as they were simply following their own protocol, but Phoebe Markwood is a special case of potential and ambition that will have immense repercussions on our pool atmosphere, so we ask to bring attention to this diligent, admirable worker's misfortune and hope to convince Crystal Aquatics of their inequity (with all do respect of course)
Petition to Donald Trump, President of the United States, Bill Haslam
Regulate Food Stamps
I think our leaders need to do a major reform on Foodstamps and those who get it, I feel the only ones that should get a dime is the disabled, the elderly, working parents that just can’t make it, and people that absolutely can’t work due to true reasons. As a tax payer and mother, I am tired of paying for the lazy, if they want it and are perfectly able to work, make them work for it! Also working with the public I see the garbage they are allowed to buy with my tax money and it’s sickening, foodstamps should be regulated just like WIC, only HEALTHY food items, not sodas, energy drinks, high dollar meats, cakes and pies. Also make it mandatory to see ID because there is a lot of card swapping that goes on and selling of stamps and then we could report the fraudulent use. I guarantee if these changes were made there wouldn’t be as many people leaching off the working man’s dollar, I personally am tired of seeing my tax dollars fund these people.
Petition to to those Filipino's workers who only earn 30K per month and below.
No Income Tax for People Who only
earn 30K per month and below
For years, many workers depend to their wages. That’s why I come up to this petition because of employees. I tried so many things to know about my petition and I come up a survey to the workers to know their opinion about my petition, I also conduct a short interview, and research. According to my research there are a lot of people who disagree of “Having a tax to those workers who only earn 30K per month and below.” I know there’s a lot of disadvantage and advantage of having no tax to those workers who only earn 30K per month and below. I didn’t say that we should not be having an income tax. I only said it is for those workers who earn 30K and below. In this generation 30K is not a big wage or not big amount. If their wage is deducted 12% it is have an impact to their monthly income.My purpose of my Petition is to request to do something about what I advocated. It is also have a purpose to those employees who only earn 30K per month and below. It also has a purpose to those Filipino’s workers that are not actually agree on the income tax. Why I come up to this petition? I come up to this petition because of employees who only earn 30K per month and below. First, it can lessen the burden of the Filipino’s workers. Taxes that supposed to be paid to the government can be use to daily needs. If the Filipino worker doesn’t have a tax it can help them to save money to their savings. I also have a brother and sister who are working, 12% of their monthly income or wages will automatically deducted by the employer for government. and I know the 30K below is not a big wage for those employees, Last, is for those Filipino's who rallied about the taxes and wage.
Petition to Jerry Brown, California State Senate, California State House
Shouldn't Housing Reform Close the Affordability Gap?
To solve California’s housing crisis, we must take steps to increase our housing supply and close the affordability gap for working families. We can make real progress by incorporating prevailing wage standards into state housing reforms. Housing prices have soared as much as 54% faster than inflation over the past twenty years, but real wages for nearly a million Californians who work in the construction industry have actually declined by 25%. The median wage of $35,000 per year prices most construction workers out of the housing market—particularly in high cost coastal cities. In fact, most are immigrants and people of color earning $.70 on the dollar of similarly skilled white workers. Nearly half have no health insurance, and one in six face some form of wage theft. Most research shows that low wages reduces productivity and invites workforce shortages. It takes 13% more workers today to equal California's construction output of twenty years ago. Low wages will make it harder to attract the skilled workers we are going to need to build our way out of this crisis. This has been a windfall for residential developers and builders, whose profits have grown 50% faster than either labor or material costs. But it’s been a burden for taxpayers, because poverty wages for construction workers increase spending on Medicaid and other public assistance programs by tens of millions of dollars every year. Housing reforms that fail to include prevailing wage standards will only make these problems worse. Long associated with more local hiring and stronger economic outcomes, prevailing wages are the local market based minimum wage for skilled construction work. By raising the “floor,” these standards can help close the affordability gap by pulling thousands of construction workers out of poverty and reducing income disparities that disproportionately impact people of color. Most research shows prevailing wage standards do not increase total project costs. Instead, they reduce worksite waste and improve productivity by as much as 16%. And with profits now representing a larger share of total residential construction costs than workers’ wages and benefits, it is clear that the industry is well positioned to make the workforce investments that are needed to close the affordability gap. Real housing reform needs to do more than simply streamline more development. We need to promote investment in the people who are doing the building, and struggling to pay the rent in our communities. Sign the petition to urge California Governor Jerry Brown and California State Legislators to include prevailing wage standards in the state housing reform package.