Petition to Charles D. Baker, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House
Disability benefits for Firefighters with Parkinson's Disease from toxins.
A fire can expose firefighters to millions of chemicals and toxins. We have become aware of the massive risks these toxins pose for first responders, who breathe them in, ingest them, and absorb them through the skin while putting their lives on the line. Most states have adopted “cancer presumptive laws,” meaning that if a firefighter gets cancer on the job, they are automatically awarded accidental disability to see them through their illness. The increased rate of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a degenerative brain disorder, in firefighters has emerged. I am a firefighter who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I am not alone -- while the rate of PD in the general population is 3 out of 1000, it is 30 out of 1000 for firefighters. I am young to be experiencing this disease, but that’s often how it works for emergency responders, and there is mounting evidence that our exposure to toxins is the culprit. Four firefighters who all fought a tire fire in Spencer MA in 1986 have all been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. My state of Massachusetts has great presumptive laws for firefighters, not only for cancer, but for heart and lung disease as well. It is now time for our legislators to include Parkinson’s Disease among these illnesses. There is no disputing the connection between toxic chemical exposure and PD anymore. While PD usually develops slowly among the general population, symptoms often hit firefighters fast, seemingly out of nowhere. Research now suggests that toxin-induced PD has a more rapid onset than genetic PD, another indicator that we are, indeed, contracting this illness on the job. For those of us struggling with Parkinson’s, walking, talking, grasping and even blinking become increasingly difficult tasks to accomplish. Needless to say, continuing to work as firefighters while battling this disease is most often not possible. Indiana recently became the first state to include Parkinson’s in its presumptive law. This has provided unimaginable relief to many firefighters, who were running out of sick time, and facing unemployment and massive medical bills due to their debilitating disease. We now must band together and demand that more states recognize the link between firefighting and PD, and include PD among the illnesses covered by their presumptive laws. Please sign this petition to include Parkinson's in Massachusetts’ presumptive law, which would allow firefighters with Parkinson's to retire on full accidental disability.
Petition to Represenative Matt Shaheen
Say No To HB 1705 - TEXAS Barber and Cosmetology Abolishment
:Signature Goal 100K
On 02/12/2019 Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen, District 66, filed HB 1705, which states to abolish the regulation practices of Barbering and Cosmetology. If HB 1705 were to pass, all Texas Barber and Cosmetology licenses would no longer be valid or required as of September 1, 2019. This would be an insult to the licensed professionals that have taken the time to receive Barbering and Cosmetology education that consist of Anatomy and Physiology of Hair, Skin and Nails, Chemistry, Ecology, Trichology, and more. This would also be a disservice to the consumer as abolishment would put both parties at a high risk of communicable diseases, chemical damages, and hair loss due to improper practical application and lack of knowledge in safety and sanitation. It is now time to organize by letting your voice be heard and maintaining awareness of this situation as this has not been the first attempt. We need all licensed professionals, future student professionals, manufacturing companies, and consumers to understand the importance of opposing HB 1705 by siging this petition, making phone calls, sending emails, and being present to show your disdain for this bill. State Representative Matt Shaheen, Dist #66 District - Ph:469-642-8708 512-463-0594 Fax:512-463-1021 Email:email@example.com With kind regards, Sharla Wooten
Petition to Professional Truckers Association Group, Ernesto Gutierrez Jr
End the ELD mandate that is being forced on small trucking companies
On December 18, 2017 Electronic Logging Devices will go into effect and have to be installed in your fleet before this deadline to be in compliance by the FMCSA. We are asking the President of the United States to side with small business owners in the trucking industry and end this federal requirement.
Petition to Marie Fink
Hire a QUALIFIED stunt performer to head SAG AFTRA's Stunt & Safety Department
David White National Executive Director SAG AFTRA 5757 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 Dear David White, Thank you for being such a gracious National Executive Director. We are so happy to have our stunt department back since the merger, but I regret to inform you that we are not happy with the way the department is operating. After much discussion within the stunt community, we have come to the decision that anyone you hire to serve as SAG-AFTRA's Head of the Stunt and Safety Department needs a minimum of 300 days on set, working on at least 30 different shows under union stunt contracts. There are many reasons we reached this conclusion, but at the end of the day, it is a matter of safety, not just for stunt people, but for the cast and crew who depend on SAG-AFTRA and stunt coordinators to keep them safe during filming. We understand members of SAG-AFTRA are not allowed by law to work as staff members for The Guild. To simplify your search, please see the list of candidates accompanying this letter who satisfy our needs and are also willing to give up their SAG-AFTRA membership to come work for you. Thank you for understanding our needs and making safety a top priority. Sincerely, Marie Fink Andy Armstrong Brady Romberg
Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo
Support New York State Parole Officers In
Receiving Line-Of-Duty Injury Pay!
New York State Parole Officers employed in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision perform hazardous duties on behalf of the people of the state of New York on a daily basis. Parole Officers are at serious risk of being injured in the performance of these duties and should be afforded the same protection against the financial hardship which may result as are available to those individuals employed by municipalities and have similar law enforcement responsibilities. What is even more troubling is that New York State Parole Officers work along side police officers when executing warrants, surveillance of sex offenders, traveling out-of-state for extraditions and conducting home parole visits. In fact, New York State Parole Officers make more felony arrests, on an annual basis, than most seasoned police officers. Since the 2011 merger with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Services, Parole Officers have been forced to work along side New York State Correction Officers yet without the injury protections they enjoy. You can help New York State Parole Officers receive injury protections by signing our petition. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NYSPOBA/ NYS Parole Documentary - Unsung Heroes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr1ElvuZe
Petition to Seattle City Council, Mayor Durkan
Let's phase out gas-powered leaf blowers, Seattle!
Seattle -- we say we are a climate leader, so let's lead in phasing out gas-powered leaf blowers: protect workers reduce noise pollution reduce ozone pollution Background / References: "Noisy, but that’s not all: the health threat posed by leaf blowers; Leaf blowers flagged as prodigious polluters — and possible health threat" "According to state air quality officials, those machines are some of the biggest polluters in California. In fact, by 2020, leaf blowers and other small gas engines will create more ozone pollution than all of the passenger cars in the state." "The reasons for the ban are: the obsolescence of the technology, which is orders of magnitude more polluting than other machines and engines now in common use; the public-health danger, above all to hired work crews, of both the emissions and the damagingly loud noise from the gas blowers; and the rapid advent of battery-powered alternatives, which are quieter and dramatically less polluting." Washington, D.C., Enacts a Phaseout of Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers Past Seattle Leaf Blower Petitions & Polls https://www.change.org/p/bruce-harrell-seattle-it-s-time-to-ban-gas-powered-leaf-blowers https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/ban-gas-powered-leaf Slog Poll: Leaf Blowers, Yay or Nay?
Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org
Eulen America: Rehire the unjustly fired union activists at Ft. Lauderdale Airport!
Eulen America, a notorious airline contractor for Delta and Spirit, has fired union activists at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport and we're not going to let them get away with it! The fired cabin cleaners went on strike against Eulen this July as part of a four-airport protest over poor working conditions. At FLL, Eulen employees protested dangerous work conditions for cabin cleaners, including inadequate gloves, cleaning supplies, and lack of access to Hepatitis B vaccines—even though they’re exposed to blood and vomit. Two cabin cleaners were even stabbed with hypodermic needles on the job and were not given immediate medical attention. Just a few weeks after going on strike, Eulen fired three union activists, Sandra Adams, Ahmet Elshekh, and Dafose Milord. Sandra is a formerly homeless woman, who helped win wage increases for more than 2,000 airport workers. Dafose is a mother of a disabled child, with family in Haiti that relies on her. Ahmet is a graduate student who was putting himself through school with his job at Eulen. SIGN the petition and demand that Eulen immediately rehire the Sandra, Ahmet, and Dafose, and respect their workers' rights!
Petition to Whole Foods corporate office and shareholders
Whole Foods: Don't cut employee benefits!
Billion dollar company, Whole Foods, says as of January 1, 2020 it will cut medical coverage for the 1,900 part-time employees who work at least 20 hours a week, "to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model." "We are providing team members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options, or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week," said a Whole Foods spokesperson. "All Whole Foods Market team members continue to receive employment benefits including a 20% in-store discount." Even if owner Jeff Bezos were not worth $114 billion, we'd find this action by Whole Foods to be disgraceful. It creates a hardship for many employees, whether struggling to pay bills, raise families, continue their education, or provide extra income. With the cost of living skyrocketing, leaving the 2% of Whole Foods 95,000 employees without this safety net is cruel and harmful. Once known for its fair treatment of workers, the tide has turned at Whole Foods. After raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, many workers saw their hours cut - thus diluting the effects of the wage increase. The nation’s largest grocery union, UFCW, noted that it has been a “vocal critic” of what it called aggressive moves by Amazon “to devalue and degrade grocery jobs at Whole Foods.” We ask Whole Foods to reverse its decision to cut benefits to any of its employees.