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 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 United Parcel Service, Arizona State Senate, Arizona State House, OSHA , Donald Trump
Require UPS to provide air conditioning to delivery drivers.
Arizona experiences record-breaking heat every year. As a UPS driver who spends 8-10 hours a shift in a solid metal truck with no air conditioning, my husband is at risk of injury every workday. The temperature inside the cargo area is 15-20 degrees hotter than the outside temperature. For 5 months out of the year, average temperatures in Arizona are over 110 degrees. This means that the cargo area in a UPS truck is at least 125 degrees. And since a UPS driver is not allowed to go home until all of the packages on his truck are delivered, my husband consistently runs for 8-10 hours in a fluctuating temperature of 100-125 degrees. This is extremely dangerous. UPS is the ONLY company that does not provide this comfort. In the excessive heat of the southwest, it should be mandatory for the health and safety of all UPS drivers to have air conditioning. If it is illegal in the state of Arizona to leave a child or pet in your vehicle during the hot summer months, then it is only reasonable to suggest that safety measures, such as air conditioning, be required in UPS trucks. Delivery drivers are the ONLY employees within UPS who do not have vehicles with air conditioning. Please sign, share and support us as we ask UPS to give all of their employees the same treatment, provide air conditioning for your package car drivers.
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 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 Maria Brous, William E. Crenshaw (CEO, Publix Super Markets Inc.)
Join the fight against slavery in the U.S. tomato industry!
Florida’s tomato farms supply 50% of all U.S. fresh tomatoes but have also been called America’s ‘ground zero for slavery.’ Countless workers held against their will, threatened with violence and forced to haul hundreds of heavy tomato buckets a day for little to no pay. Thankfully, a new solution called the Fair Food Program has been proven successful. The Fair Food Program is working to enforce a policy of zero tolerance for slavery on tomato farms. But a major U.S. supermarket chain, Publix Super Markets, is refusing to support the Fair Food Program. Publix continues to buy tomatoes from growers that are not partners of the Fair Food Program and where workers still toil beyond the reach of its proven protection from modern slavery. Will Publix Super Markets, which prides itself on making Fortune’s ‘Best Companies to Work For’ list, continue to turn a blind eye and give excuses, or will it leverage its vast market influence and lead the way in cleaning up slavery in the tomato supply chain once and for all? Tell Publix to make the right decision to join the Fair Food Program and ensure our tomatoes meet the highest human rights standards in the food industry today.
Petition to Verizon
Justice for our son who was stabbed working in your store
My son was the victim of a violent robbery while working at a Verizon store. Verizon says it’s not their problem and is allowing his bills to pile up. I need your ohelp to make sure my son doesn’t lose everything. It only took seconds for my son’s life to change. He was working at a Verizon 3rd party vendor as an assistant manager when 3 men robbed the store. They ruthlessly slashed my son’s throat, leaving him for dead. Luckily, he survived. We were thankful to have our son and thought the worst was over. Unfortunately, his nightmare was just beginning. My son was laying in the trauma center of the hospital when the store owner informed us he did not have the proper workers’ compensation insurance. He had been operating the business in violation of Verizon’s policy and Illinois law. Our son had no way of knowing he wasn’t protected if something happened at work. When we contacted Verizon to fix the situation, they refused to help my son since his employer is a 3rd party vendor. Verizon should take responsibility when their vendors fail to protect their employees and consumers. Tell Verizon to pay the workers’ compensation my son needs to survive. The attack has already cost my son over $60,000 dollars in medical bills. The doctor’s say it is too soon for him to go back to work. He still needs time to heal from both the physical and mental injuries of this horrific event. Everyday he’s out of work, he finds himself more and more behind on his car payment and other bills. Unless Verizon steps up, the robbery will cost my son everything. Nobody should lose everything just because they went to work. Our family just wants the workers’ compensation our son should have gotten in the first place. We don’t want to be forced into litigation that could take years and just add to the debt facing our son. Verizon just has to do what is right. They allow these vendors to conduct business under their name, taking in the profits when things are going well so they have a responsibility to those workers when something goes wrong. Join my family in finding justice for my son. With your voice we can help him heal without the fear he could lose everything. Sign our petition asking Verizon to provide workers’ compensation to our son.