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Petition to Charlie Baker, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House

Disability for Firefighters with Parkinson's Disease due to toxins on the job. (MA H.1455)

  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. But the increased rate of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a degenerative brain disorder, in firefighters has mostly been ignored. 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 burning chemicals is the culprit. I have 12 years left until I reach retirement, and, unfortunately, I am not sure I'll be able to keep working that long. 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. We cannot ignore 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.

Greg Heath
53,368 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to ssvoc@samsumg.com

Global leaders call on Samsung to protect workers in Vietnam, Korea and around the world

Leading advocates from human rights, labor rights, women’s rights, public health, environmental justice, and sustainable purchasing organizations from around the world call on Samsung to protect the thousands of workers - most of them women of child bearing age - who are making their mobile phones at factories in Vietnam.  A recent report entitled "Stories of Women Workers In Vietnam’s Electronics Industry" — by the Research Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED) and International Pops Elimination Network (IPEN) — disclosed that the working conditions at the Samsung factories are inhumane, that many women are particularly concerned about miscarriages, and that Samsung refuses even to disclose the chemicals the workers are exposed to. In response, Samsung - which produces 50% of their mobile phones in Vietnam - has embarked on a disinformation and suppression campaign. They have not only denied the allegations made in the report, but are also threatening to fire the workers and file legal retaliation against the NGOs for releasing the report. We believe that workers have a fundamental right to talk about their working conditions and that they deserve to have their voices heard. Samsung’s actions in Vietnam are consistent with its pattern of conduct in Korea where many young workers have died or otherwise been harmed due to chemical exposures on the job.  Whereas Samsung has consistently denied responsibility for the occupational diseases, Korean courts have recently begun to rule in favor of the victims. The court rulings have found that Samsung uses many toxic chemicals but refuses to disclose their identity (claiming trade secrets) and doesn’t fully protect its workers from exposure to these toxics.  These are failures for which Samsung must be held accountable - in Korea, Vietnam and wherever they produce their products. In addition to pursuing legal remedies, human rights activists in Korea - led by SHARPS - have been protesting Samsung’s harmful behavior with a round-the-clock sit in which is now more than 2 years old.  In response to Samsung’s actions in Korea and Vietnam, we the undersigned call on Samsung to:  1.  Immediately stop intimidating Vietnamese workers with dismissal threats and withdraw threats of lawsuits against the NGOs for publishing this report;2. Obey all relevant laws in Vietnam, South Korea, and other locations where the company operates;3.  Make a full disclosure - for each factory - of all chemicals used and in what amounts, in factories in Vietnam, South Korea and around the world;4.  Conduct ongoing workplace air monitoring to record the levels and duration of exposure of workers to hazardous chemicals and to make those results available to the workers and the public;5.  Publicly provide pollutant release and transfer data for the most extensive list of substances where the company operates;6.  Substitute safer chemicals whenever possible and publicly report on efforts;7.  Adopt the precautionary principle to better protect workers and communities;8.  Support active and independent health and safety committees in all of its factories and in its supplier factories;9.  Rather than trying to suppress independent research, acknowledge that additional independent health studies are necessary to fully understand the extent of the occupational health impacts on workers, including exposures to toxic chemicals;10.  Take responsibility for the health and safety of subcontractors and ensure that they have the capacity to protect workers and the surrounding communities before making the work contract;11. Guarantee the right of workers to organize into a trade union as outlined in ILO Conventions 87 and 98.

ted smith
83,351 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to H&M, Adidas, Gap Inc., Gap, NIKE, agm@sriudyog.com , saurav.kumar@ap.averydennison.com , ozgur.aksoy@hm.com , orine.dsouza@hm.com , gangamma.kc@hm.com , sharmila_nithyanand@gap.com , Marks & Spencer, krleslie@columbia.com , Inditex, mayankka@inditex.com , Ranjeeb.Sarma@marks-and-spencer.com , AWalker@levi.com , lars-ake.bergqvist@hm.com , Daniel_Fibiger@gap.com , felixpp@inditex.com , maritha.lorentzon@hm.com , MBaigorri@LEVI.com

Garment Workers on Hunger Strike in India!

We are workers at Avery Dennison India Pvt. Ltd in, and also members of Garment and Textile workers Union (GATWU) Bangalore, India, and we are now on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane behavior of our management, and also violation of various Indian labour laws!! It's a multimillion dollar operation which produces products for brand giants such as H&M, Adidas, Zara, Levi's, Gap, Marks & Spencer, Nike, and many others. For many years, Avery Dennison has been paying us differing wages for the same amount of work, through subcontracting out some of us but not others. They have used this as an excuse to pay UNDER the already-low minimum wage for the work we do! Several of our colleagues have been forced to work back-to-back short-term contracts for the same amount of work, with no stoppage, just like permanent employees, but with none of the benefits, some for over 10 years. This is completely unacceptable; we have the right to provide for our families just like any other worker. When we see the CEOs and owners of some of these firms making the list of richest billionaires in the world, we know that it is our labor that creates their profits, yet our factory refuses to respect our basic rights or the rule of law. This is why we decided to form a union. With the support of Garment and Textile Workers' Union, we organized to tell our employer that we deserve our basic rights. The employer, instead of respectfully negotiating with us, decided to retaliate. They illegally dismissed 44 of our colleagues for daring to stand up for our rights and to scare us into submission. But we will not be intimidated! We are now on our 5th day of our hunger strike to demand that they: Reinstate ALL terminated workers Make contract workers permanent Provide equal pay for equal work Stop worker discrimination Stop union busting! Join us to demand that Avery Dennison, and the brands that work with them, do the right thing!  Signed,  Avery Dennison Pvt. Ltd. Workers Bangalore, India

International Union League for Brand Responsibility
76,708 supporters