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 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 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 Target
Don't Open on Thanksgiving
Black Friday use to be just that, on Friday. But over the last few years, stores have started opening earlier and earlier. Now, stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day in the pursuit of ever bigger holiday profits. This comes at the expense of retail workers, who will spend the day at work instead of with their families. It’s time to return Black Friday to its rightful place: Friday. Target is one of the biggest, most respected retailers in the country, and it happens to be the place I work. I love working there and am proud of how seriously we take customer service. But there are some days when Target must put its workers first. Thanksgiving is one of those days. Other retailers have pledged to not open on Thanksgiving -- most recently, outdoor retailer REI. I sincerely hope that Target will do the same. I’m calling on Target to put people over profits and close this Thanksgiving Day. The shoppers and sales can wait 24 hours so your workers can spend time with their families and friends. I started working at Target over 9 years ago. As a retail worker, you know that there will be crazy hours and you have to be available during the holiday season. However, it’s also understood that you get Thanksgiving and Christmas Days off. Over time, that has changed, and we are now expected to come in early Thanksgiving morning and stay until late that night, missing the holiday altogether. Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that celebrates family and community, no matter your faith or cultural background. We need leaders like Target to push back against the shopping frenzy, and help keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive. Tell Target to help keep Thanksgiving alive by not opening until Black Friday.
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 HEB
Let Food Service Partners Wear Nail Polish at HEB
I would like to see our company change the dress code to allow food service partners to wear nail polish at work. We are mandated to wear gloves when handling food and the FDA even allows this. See here: FDA Nail Maintenance "Unless wearing intact gloves in good repair, a food employee may not wear fingernail polish or artificial fingernails when working with exposed food." So due to this, we technically are allowed to wear nail polish and fake nails because of gloves. Hopefully HEB listens and allows us to have a little more freedom in identity and let us feel a little more comfortable about ourselves and be happier when at work. It may seem like a small thing, but it really would be a wonderful thing to be allowed to do. Sign this and make change happen!
Petition to Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump
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 2012 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.
Petition to Benigno S. Aquino III, Senate of the Philippines
Urge the Philippines to Protect Domestic Workers from Modern Slavery
Filipinos are the face of domestic work all around the world. More girls and women leave from the Philippines to find jobs as maids or nannies than from any other country. But when they show up for their first day of work, many find out they’ve been deceived. Locked inside the homes of strangers, their passports taken away, often beaten and sexually abused, Filipino girls as young as 9 years old are caught in the nightmare of modern slavery. For the first time ever, there’s a global standard to protect domestic workers. It only needs one more country’s support to become operative. The Philippines can be that country – and can lead the global fight to end slavery. Right now, the Philippines Senate is considering a vote on this new standard. Ask the Philippines Senate to support the legislation and we'll personally deliver your letters of support from all over the world.