Petition to Congress, THE PRESIDENT, Kirsten Gillibrand, Charles Schumer, Andrew Garbarino, Andrew Raia, Andrew Hevesi
Coptic Orthodox Christians need their Christmas off, January 7th!
January 6th and 7th are Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for Coptic Orthodox Christian followers. Every year, students are forced to take this day off as a personal sick day from school which results in them unfairly losing school time because of a religious observance. It is unfair to have to choose between school or religion, especially when people of other faiths are granted holidays. We are asking for only January 7th off as that is one of the biggest holidays of the year for us. Every signature counts, please sign!
Petition to Walmart
Tell Walmart to give a disabled 21-year employee his job back
Danny Ockenhouse has been a door greeter at Walmart for 21 years. Although Danny is bound to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy, he amazes everyone he meets by his passion, commitment and love for his job. Those who know him or have worked with him say he takes great pride in his ability to go to work everyday. After 2 decades of service, Walmart is taking that all away from Danny. Walmart is changing the greeter position through a program called “More at the Door.” Now, greeters will be required to be able to lift at least 50 lbs, something Danny can’t do. Danny was informed he would no longer have a job at Walmart. He is devastated, and so are many in the community. Upon hearing the news, many in the community protested outside the Walmart where Danny works. Danny told reporters, “I poured my heart and soul into this company.” Still, Walmart refuses to find Danny a job. Danny’s firing represents a betrayal of big companies to their most loyal employees -- it shows how disposable we can be no matter how long we serve. It’s wrong and Walmart needs to find a place for Danny in their company. Tell Walmart to give Danny Ockenhouse his job back.
Petition to Wendy's
Wendy's: We’re boycotting you until you support human rights for farmworkers!
For decades, farmworkers in the U.S. have faced physical and verbal abuse, daily threats to their health and safety, racial discrimination, wage theft and grinding poverty. Farmworkers also experience unconscionably high rates of sexual violence and harassment in the fields. In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center found that 80% of farmworker women report that they have experienced sexual harassment on the job. And in the most extreme cases, farmworkers have faced modern-day slavery, with nearly a dozen forced labor operations uncovered over the past two decades in Florida’s fields alone. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: Today, there is a solution. As farmworkers, we have created the Fair Food Program, a groundbreaking partnership among workers, growers, and major retail brands like McDonald’s, Whole Foods and Burger King that is ending decades of farmworker poverty and powerlessness. The Fair Food Program has been called “the best workplace-monitoring program” in the U.S. in the New York Times, and “one of the great human rights success stories of our day” in the Washington Post, and has won widespread recognition for its unique effectiveness from a broad spectrum of human rights observers, from the White House to the United Nations. Just last year the Fair Food Program received a Presidential Medal for its unique success in fighting modern-day slavery and other human rights abuses in corporate supply chains. But despite the Program’s historic achievements in advancing farmworkers' human rights, one buyer is still standing in the way of progress: Wendy’s. We are calling on you to stand with farmworkers in boycotting Wendy’s until they join the Fair Food Program and agree to protect the basic human rights of workers in their supply chain. Not only has Wendy’s turned its back on the farmworkers who harvest its produce, but it has taken steps that directly undermine the transformation that has been brought about by the Fair Food Program. Here’s how: Wendy's has not only refused to join the Fair Food Program (FFP), but has stopped buying tomatoes from Florida since the implementation of the FFP there. Rather than support an industry setting new standards for human rights, Wendy's took its tomato purchases to Mexico, where workers continue to confront wage theft, sexual harassment, child labor, and even slavery without access to protections. Instead of joining the FFP and its widely-acclaimed, uniquely successful worker-driven model of social responsibility, Wendy's released a new supplier code of conduct that contains no effective mechanisms for worker participation or enforcement. Wendy's new code represents the very worst of the traditional corporate approach to social responsibility driven by public relations rather than human rights. Wendy's stands alone as the last of the five major fast food corporations in the country not part of the FFP: McDonald's, Burger King, Yum! Brands and Subway are all doing the right thing and participating in the Program. By refusing to join, Wendy's is deriving a very real cost advantage over its competitors, while continuing to provide an alternative market for less reputable growers. It is unconscionable that Wendy’s refuses to support one of today’s most promising models to end poverty and human rights abuses in low-wage industries across the world. In five short years since its implementation, the Fair Food Program has prevented modern-day slavery and sexual violence, improved farmworker wages, and guaranteed basic safety protections for workers. Since the Program’s inception, participating buyers have paid well over $20 million into the FFP, helping to alleviate the poverty that our families have faced for decades. And we aren’t stopping with Florida tomatoes. In the past year, we expanded into Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, and to two new Florida crops, strawberries and bell peppers. Thanks to the support of participating buyers, the Fair Food Program has expanded its protections to tens of thousands of new workers, and is poised to grow exponentially in the years ahead. Today, we need you to tell Wendy’s that if they want your business, they must join the Fair Food Program. To learn how you can join thousands of other consumers in the national Wendy’s Boycott, visit boycott-wendys.org.
Petition to Brian Cornell, Walmart CEO, Doug McMillon, JCPenney CEO, Marvin Ellison, Target CEO, Brian Cornell
Tell Walmart, Target and JCPenney to Give Their Employees Thanksgiving Day Off
Thanksgiving is one of America’s most cherished family holidays -- a day to spend with friends and loved ones. But, in pursuit of the almighty dollar, some retailers open their stores on Thanksgiving Day, forcing many of their employees to work. We know that companies can support their bottom line without sacrificing their employees’ well being. Many chain stores do well and are NOT open on Thanksgiving. As a patriotic American, I am against “Black Friday Creep,” and believe retail workers at big box stores deserve a day to spend with family. Please urge Walmart, Target and JCPenney to put people over profits and refuse to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day and instead let employees have some time away from the frantic shopping season to spend with their children, partners and loved ones. We believe happy employees will be more loyal, content and more productive in the long run. Now that’s smart business. As someone who cares about family and community, I urge you to give your employees the day off on Thanksgiving. Black Friday should start on Friday.
Petition to Congressman Randolph Ting, Congressman Pantaleon Alvarez, President Rodrigo R. Duterte
Start Congressional Inquiry on the HTI Fire Tragedy Now!
An industrial fire razed the Panel Building of the House Technology Industries (HTI) Pte., Ltd. on February 1, 2017 for almost 48 hours and was considered as the worst known fire tragedy inside an economic zone in the Philippines which is supervised by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). More than 3,000 workers are working inside the said manufacturing plant. The fire killed 5 workers, 126 workers suffered burn injuries in different parts of their bodies according to bulletins released by hospitals, and company losses amounting to 15 billion pesos due to the fire was reported. HTI has a total workforce of 13,000 when the fire happened. According to estimates, around 8,000 workers of the workforce were regular and casuals hired by the company itself while 5,000 workers were hired through private manpower agencies or labor-only contractors. HTI only recognizes the regular and casual workers as it employees with the exemption of workers coming from manpower agencies. Despite reports from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), PEZA, and Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla that no one died inside the plant while it was ablaze, the public refuses to believe.The public also does not believe PEZA's claims that HTI did nothing wrong and did not violate anything because the company has compliance certificates on fire and and occupational safety standards. The public needs to know the truth regarding the fire tragedy. The public also has the right to know the Occupational Safety and Health Standards violations committed by HTI and the shortcomings and liability of PEZA and DOLE to ensure workers' safety in their workplaces. Hence, we are asking the House of Representatives Committee on Labor and Employment to immediately approve the House Resolution No. 747 and 808 filed in Congress by the representatives from Gabriela Women's Party, Anakpawis Partylist, Bayan Muna Partylist, Kabataan Partylist, and ACT Teachers Partylist on February 6, 2017 and February 21, 2017, respectively, to launch a congressional investigation and adopt the National Fact-Finding Mission Report by various independent organizations regarding the HTI fire tragedy.
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.
Petition to Joyce Chandler
Create legislation that makes workplace bullying illegal.
Many individuals in the workplace are currently being or at one time have been bullied at work. Research has shown that bullying within the workplace causes employees to become sick for longer periods and have increased use of sick days. Additionally, employees' mental health are greatly affected as it causes many employees to be depressed and have increased anxiety. Many employees quit their jobs to avoid the turmoil or endure the bullying due to limited resources or options. Currently, the No Fear Act protects Federal employees who are in protected classes such as disability, race/color, sex, national origin and age against bullying. However, what about employees who are not categorized in those classes; where are their legal protections? Adult bullying is as detrimental to the health of employees and workplace productivity as cyber and child bullying is to children's health and productivity within school. Creating legislation for workplace bullying outside the protected classes would greatly increase workplace productivity and the health of employees while making offenders accountable for their actions. Bullying in the workplace in private and governmental industries must be stopped and this legislation could assist in the process.
Petition to Attorney General of the United States
STOP H-1B Discrimination Against Americans!
The H-1B program has become a way for employers to discriminate against Americans. A law passed in 1986 and signed by President Reagan bars immigration discrimination against US citizens because of “citizenship status”. Please sign this petition calling on the Attorney General of the United States to open an investigation of the H-1B program under Section 247B of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act.