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Petition to Instacart HQ

Instacart Heavy Load Limits

ProblemEvery day thousands of shoppers like myself accept batches to shop and deliver groceries to customers around the United States. We brave traffic hazards, weather hazards and personal hazards delivering to customers who utilize your service to avoid trips to the store. Unfortunately, many customers abuse this service and bulk order heavy items which are sent out in batches to be delivered for a minimal fee. The most prevalent form of this is through water and drink orders (coke, water, juice, etc). Time and time again we have seen customers, many of whom live on 3d, 4th and 5th level apartments, order large quantities of bottled water to be delivered. This presents a safety hazard to your shoppers as we are never provided proper training on lifting techniques and we are never offered back braces. While we are independent contractors, I fully believe an injury lawsuit could easily be won in civil court if someone is injured due to these orders being allowed. Furthermore, many delivery timelines don't account for hauling heavy loads up and down multiple flights of stairs and many orders don't account for the amount of vehicle space needed to haul these heavy loads. Instacart needs to address this issue immediately for the safety of its independent contractors and for the benefit of its customers who are receiving skipped batches.SolutionFirst and most importantly, limit the number of bulk bottled water, cokes, juice, etc orders to a maximum of 2 ea per delivery.Second, acknowledge that you are placing your independent contractors in dangerous work conditions by allowing customers to order an unlimited supply of these items per order.Third, if a customer orders a batch that is considered heavy, extend the delivery time limits.Fourth, offer proper lifting training and back braces to your independent contractorsPersonal storyDuring a recent delivery only order, I was sent 12+ miles to a store to pick up an order for a customer. Upon arrival, I found 12 cases of 36 ct bottles of water each totaling 405 fl/oz. Each case weighed approx 25 lbs. My total haul up to a 3d floor apt was 300 lbs. At the end of my delivery, I had a sore back. I am a fit adult male weighing 200lbs and while I can do this type of batch, this may not be the case for all of your shoppers. You are putting many shoppers and delivery personnel at significant risk by allowing customers to place bottled water, drink, etc orders beyond 2 cases. To add insult to injury I was only paid $2.50 to deliver this order by Instacart.

William Lunsford
54 supporters
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Petition to Robert Barchi, Kevin Pitt, Brian Ballentine

Overturn the Suspension of Student Labor Activists at Rutgers University

Rutgers University wants to suspend student activists for peacefully protesting on campus. This sends a shiver down the spine of our entire intercollegiate community. The Office of Student Conduct at Rutgers - New Brunswick has recommended suspension for three student workers and labor activists, Mary Danella-Mercanti, Christopher Rios, and Matthew Schmeider, for their participation in non-violent protests as part of their campaign to win a fifteen dollar minimum wage for all University employees. The suspensions come after student activists interrupted speeches by President Robert Barchi on two separate occasions. The recommendation of suspension goes against a statement made by Director of Academic Integrity, Kevin Pitt, who previously stated that no students will be suspended for activism on campus. We need to show the administration that this suppression of First Amendment rights cannot be allowed to stand. As members of Rutgers United Students Against Sweatshops, a student labor rights organization, Mary, Chris, and Matt have been involved in the Fight for $15 campaign for almost two years. Mary is a fourth year History and Women and Gender Studies student who hopes to graduate in May 2019. She currently works for a non-profit out of the Rutgers University Labor Center and has held multiple positions in dining and recreation at Rutgers in the past. She got involved with labor rights movement at Rutgers four years ago when she attended a rally for Part-Time Lecturers. She fights for a fifteen dollar minimum wage because she believes people should be able to work one job and support themselves. Chris is a fifth year Cultural Anthropology student set to graduate in May 2019. Chris is currently working for Rutgers Dining Services at Douglas Cafe in the Douglas Student Center. They have been fighting for a 15 dollar minimum wage for 3 years. Chris became inspired to fight for worker power after seeing the conditions that their friends and fellow workers were undergoing and being made to put up with. They believe that every worker has the right to a decent comfortable life. Fighting for worker power has been so rewarding, having worked with faculty and raised the Rutgers minimum wage to 11 dollars an hour. Matthew is a fourth year Philosophy and Geography major who is not currently attending school due to financial and personal reasons. He currently works for Rutgers Dining Services at Henry’s Diner and has been involved in labor rights activism since joining Rutgers USAS in the fall of 2017. Since then, he has deepened his interest and commitment to labor rights and justice, and over the summer went on an exposure trip to the Philippines where he learned from and stood with different unions and workers on strike for better working conditions. The current Code of Conduct, re-codified in 2017 when activism at the University was on the rise, betrays students right to peacefully demonstrate for better conditions for people in the Rutgers and New Brunswick community. The conduct policy as it stands limits actions to those regulated by the University and urges students to use predetermined “Demonstration Locations”. This concept is offensive to the strategy and theory of Direct Action Organizing, which has been used to solidify rights for people in this country for the last 250 years, and the history and techniques of which are taught in classes across the University.(Direct action organizing previously won UndocuRutgers recognition and staff persons to advise undocumented students, and has won Rutgers Students with Children early registration for students with children, a website listing University resources, and the identification of student parents as a population at the Universit. Black Lives Matter and the Cultural Competence Coalition won a diversity requirement in our Core Curriculum)  By targeting leaders in the student movement the university is betraying its stated mission of “providing instructional needs for New Jersey citizens” by removing students from a learning context for their effort to change their university for the better. Further, they undermine their third mission statement of “public service” by eliminating students who advocate for the empowerment of the broader, working community through a quality of life assurance: a living fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage. The aforementioned students have advocated for nonviolent demonstration and been met with contempt, condescension, and hostility from administrators who allegedly represent the interests of the student body. In addition the financial security of these same students is compromised by University actions since suspension may result in loss of housing, federal and private student loans and job termination. For these reasons and a broader moral considerations, we urge you to stand in solidarity with the accused and formally condemn the actions of Rutgers University in this matter and ask that the university overturn the decision to suspend student activists. In signing this document, you formally condemn the punitive action taken by Rutgers University in it’s recommendation to suspend student activists Matthew Schmieder, Christopher Rios, and Mary Danella-Mercanti for peaceful activities relating to the campaign for a fifteen dollar minimum wage on Campus. We encourage those to sign to share the link with a statement on how direct action has impacted their life or the lives of people around them, and join dozens of fellow workers on campus for an action on Thursday, December 6th at the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees meetings at 1pm at Winants Hall on College Ave.   

Rutgers USAS
1,091 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Women are miscarrying at work, demand Congress do more for pregnant women in the workplace

A 40-year old law grants pregnant women workplace protections, but there’s a big loophole - if businesses don’t already aid other workers with similar health restrictions, they don’t legally have to help pregnant women. Women are having miscarriages because employers are not accommodating them. Tell Congress to beef up this existing workplace protection law, to treat pregnant women in line with ADA considerations. In a recent New York Times piece, several pregnant women working in a warehouse had their needs ignored. A third-party logistics company used by Verizon was forcing pregnant women to carry on their duties, as if they weren’t pregnant. Those duties included carrying 45-pound boxes. Many of the women had doctor’s notes stating they should not carry heavy boxes for both their own health and the health of their babies. Their needs were neglected. Most of them had miscarriages. No woman should have to choose between her job, her health, and the health of her unborn child. That’s why across the U.S., 23 states and the District of Columbia have created additional anti-discrimination laws to protect pregnant women from being fired and mistreated in the workplace. According to the National Women’s Law Center, “they share a core principle: a pregnant worker with a medical need for accommodation should not be pushed out of work when she can be reasonably accommodated without imposing an undue hardship on the employer.” States shouldn’t have to go it alone, workplace protections for pregnant women should be available to all Americans. Women working in factories or in other strenuous environments shouldn’t lose their babies, or face serious health issues themselves. Tell Congress to expand the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, protect pregnant women from avoidable health complications.

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