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Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Governor Andrew Cuomo

Supporters of the Tip Credit in New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed to eliminate the minimum wage tip credit in New York State. This is will have a severe negative impact on all restaurants and their employees Federal law and most states allow tipped workers to be paid a lower minimum wage, as long as they earn at least the full minimum wage when tips are included. (The difference between the tipped wage and the full minimum wage is called the "tip credit.") The tip credit allows restaurant owners to keep labor costs down, while keeping it affordable for people to dine out. If the tip credit is removed, restaurants will be forced to raise their prices drastically to help cover costs. This will make it very difficult for average citizens to eat go out to eat. Furthermore if they can afford to go out to eat, they will not be inclined to tip a server that is making the same as everyone else. The problem would be even worse than this though. Eventually the service standards that are now practiced at most restaurants would no longer exist. A restaurant will not be able to afford to fully staff their service floors which will lead to less people working and more automated service. The restaurant industry in America is unique, and survey data proves that both tipped workers and the public prefer the current tipping model. Restaurant workers often look at themselves as commission-based sales people--the more they sell the more they make. In addition, they are rewarded when they give guests exceptional experiences. Guests appreciate that they can show their satisfaction through tipping; it is a way to show their respect for a server executing his/her craft. Far from being demeaning, as some activist organizations have claimed, the tipping system is empowering for servers and bartenders. This is really only the beginning of all the things wrong with getting rid of the tip credit. Tell your friends and family, tell anyone you can. We do NOT want this, and really in the end no one does because it will change the service industry forever!

Tiffany Hodum
6,230 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to

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
101,292 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to AT&T

AT&T: Stop Retaliating against Employees and Bring Corbin Back

On December 20, 2017, the California State Labor Commissioner’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) completed its investigation of a retaliation complaint filed by AT&T Premises Technician/CWA Steward Corbin Mezner. The DLSE ruled AT&T unlawfully perpetrated 6 adverse acts of retaliation against Corbin, including termination, for reporting a safety hazard and refusing to perform work that violated a health and safety standard. AT&T violated Labor Code sections 98.6, 1102.5, 6310 and 6311, and was ordered by the DLSE to “offer to the employee full and unconditional reinstatement” in addition to lost wages and penalties within 30 days. It’s now a month since the deadline and AT&T has not made any attempt to comply with the orders. The next step is for the DLSE to enforce its order through court proceedings, however that could add many more months to a fight that’s already stretched beyond a year. AT&T’s intentional dragging out of the judicial process accomplishes two objectives. 1.) Prolong Corbin’s economic ruin for as long as possible 2.) Send a clear warning to employees; shut up and do as your told or else. Now, KEEP DISPATCHING! This is OUR fight. If we don’t stand together and demand AT&T immediately reinstate Corbin’s employment as ordered, we’re all at risk of these illegal and destructive tactics. We’re all at risk of being forced to choose between our safety or livelihood. These abuses will continue and will get worse as the company sacrifices our health and safety in the pursuit of higher profits.  It’s time AT&T understands we will not accept blatant violations of the law. It’s time AT&T realizes we will not allow our safety to be jeopardized, nor will we tolerate retaliation and abuse towards our brothers and sisters. An injustice to one is an attack against all.  AT&T writes its policies claiming safety and strict ethical practices are the top priorities of its corporate culture. As employees we’re disciplined for any reported safety incident or any failure to adhere to the COBC. If AT&T’s double standard is unacceptable to you, let them know by signing this petition and please add a comment if you can. After signing, please forward the link to everyone you know. Read the Notice AT&T is required to post. They won’t, so we did. In Solidarity We Trust

Technician Solidarity
346 supporters