Petition to Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Andy Jassy
To Amazon, Phones are our lifelines. It’s an essential part of daily life in modern times.
Before the pandemic Amazon warehouses/fulfillment centers had a policy in place that cell phones were not allowed on the floor. Meaning they could not be present at work areas. Since the pandemic Amazon has allowed cellphones past checkpoints and any where in the building. As of July 2021, people are still allowed to have their cellphones. It was recently released that they will no longer allow cellphones past a certain point, reverting back to the way things were pre-pandemic. After the incident that recently happened at FedEx in Indianapolis, I believe it is imperative for our safety that workers are allowed to keep their phones on them at all times. Also, to the people who have children/family that they need to check on. There was an incident recently where a lady was at home by herself and a man was trying to get in. Her husband used his phone to confront the person using Ring. The person started making threatening comments and it was a scary situation. It’s situations like that where having your phone is extremely important, for your safety and those you love.
Petition to Teamsters Union
Hazard pay for all Waste Management Employees
Petition to push teamsters union for all Waste Management employees to get paid hazardous pay during this COVID-19 pandemic outbreak as all Waste Management employees are risking the chances of catching and spreading the COVID-19 virus.
Petition to Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, I.A.T.S.E.
IATSE Members In Support of Reasonable Rest & Sane Hours in The Film Industry
Dear Members of the AMPTP: We are the I.A.T.S.E. members who make your movies and television shows and we are speaking up to express our ongoing concern about the hazards of unsafe working hours, a practice that continues despite the indisputable medical and scientific evidence of the harm caused by fatigue. The numerous car accidents our brothers and sisters continue to endure, the health problems our co-workers suffer through due to unrealistic scheduling, the "fraturdays" that take away our weekends from family and loved ones, and the physical and emotional toll of 12 plus hour days are just a few of the issues we seek your help in changing for everyone. Simply put, the way we have been doing business is killing us and it needs to stop. This past year has shown that when employers and craftspeople work together to confront a world-wide safety threat, it is possible to both protect everyone on our sets and successfully complete the most ambitious projects. It is past time to use that same intelligence and the resources now proven to be available, to increase daily turnaround and implement weekend rest periods that will ensure the physical and mental health of every member of the crew. The time to create meaningful change is now. Sincerely, Your Crews
Petition to Uber, Amazon, GrubHub , Postmates, Seamless , DoorDash , and all other app delivery services.
End the Corporate Greed that is punishing delivery drivers and waitstaff, for good.
Food deliverers are out risking their lives in this global pandemic to bring food and supplies to folks and are being exploited by companies like Uber eats and DoorDash- working for criminally low rates as a contractor. These gig economy apps are charging astronomical fees to both customers and restaurants, sometimes putting restaurants in the position of losses because of the fees they have to pay. And the drivers are only receiving a few dollars for their time, effort and wear and tear on their vehicle. There are major systemic issues that need to be addressed to fix this, but in the meantime, drivers are relying on customer tips to survive. Not receiving a tip on an order can sometimes result in a financial loss for the driver after gas and vehicle maintenance. It’s time to hold these companies accountable. Corporate greed has taken the long-endured struggle that delivery drivers and waitstaff have endured, to a new low. They are the ones that profit the most during this pandemic, making billions of dollars a year, while comfortably working remotely. Meanwhile- walkers, riders, drivers, and waitstaff are working in the pandemic, hoping to make enough in tips, just to make ends meet. The answer is not simply- “just go find another job”- The unfortunate response that is sadly often given by those who simply do not care, or truly understand this dilemma. Not with joblessness being at a record historical high, and millions of individuals unemployed currently. That isn’t the solution. The small attempts to give basic, health coverage to workers in this industry- a recent tactic forced into the public eye by these companies- is too little, too late. It’s also smoke and mirrors. Uber purchasing postmates last year is another blow. Uber is a company that initially hired anyone- to make millions. Once it did, it made sweeping changes to their hiring agreement process- essentially abandoning all of those that helped build it into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. The recent multi-million stimulus they received for example, gives a limited intitative, to make a bit more, when delivering. Once those stimulus fund run out, it is widely regarded that deliverers will feel the effect in a very bad fashion. Initiatives to make more, are essentially “mice chasing cheese hung over a wheel”. You’ll run, and try your hardest- but you will never get it. Not while greedy corporate executives earn millions per year to sit at home and make video calls, with comfortable six-ten figure guaranteed retirement payouts, win or lose. There are always going to be a small number of deliverers that report success. They are vastly outweighed by those that, do not. These are some of the most powerful and wealthy individuals in the world. Their vast wealth and influence have corrupted an already unfortunate struggle, that many have lost, are losing- and will continue to lose, unless we, the people stand up and refuse to accept it anymore. Workers stand outside of restaurants to pick up orders, sometimes for more than twenty minutes- only to receive less than a dollar per mile, and per minute for the wait. So if they spent an hour on the wait, pickup, and drop off combined- and get no tip- they will have gotten paid about five dollars for that hour. That is not enough to cover the rising price of gas, or any type of living expense. Five dollars per hour. Some orders can be enormous. They are not limited to food. They can be electronics, household goods- any essential items that are needed, or desired to be delivered. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. These corporations must, pay more per mile, delivery, and per minute for the wait- and finally for the delivery. So that way if a customer decides to not tip- something totally within their right- a delivery person does not have to suffer a devastating financial blow. We will rise, and stand up to this. Who will stand with us?
Petition to Dave Cortese, Lujan Grisham, California State Senate, Charles E. Schumer, Steny H. Hoyer, Kevin Thomas, Gavin Newsom
Time to ban the use of real firearms on set and demand better crew working conditions!
On October 21st, 2021 we lost an unbelievably talented cinematographer on the film set of RUST, due to a real gun being discharged with live ammunition in it. I am in shock and numb to my core. The bullet also wounded Director Joel Souza. Halyna graduated from the AFI Conservatory in 2015 with a MFA in Cinematography. I graduated in 2010 with a MFA in Directing. Like everyone in the "AFI Family", we all knew one another. AFI is a very small community of filmmakers, trying their hardest to get their "big break" in the film industry after graduating from the program. This up and coming Cinematographer was named as an ASC “Rising Star Cinematographer” in 2019, and was finally breaking into the Hollywood film industry after hustling and shooting amazing content for half a decade. She shot three feature films prior to Rust, but this would have been the movie that would have put her on the Hollywood map as a talented, female cinematographer working with an A-list celebrity. We need to make sure that this avoidable tragedy never happens again. There is no excuse for something like this to happen in the 21st century. Real guns are no longer needed on film production sets. This isn't the early 90's, when Brandon Lee was killed in the same manner. Change needs to happen before additional talented lives are lost. Please sign this petition and demand for your local state politicians to propose legislation that will ban the use of real guns and live ammunition on film and television sets. While we're at it, it's time to address the horrendous working conditions of those who work in the film industry (both studio and independent). The days of working 14-16 hour days are over. THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND WE DEMAND CHANGE! Follow us @HalynasLaw (Twitter)
Pledge to Slow Fast Fashion
Clothing production is one of the leading causes of global climate change. According to the United Nations, the fashion industry contributes up to 10% of the world's carbon emissions. Manufactueres prioritize profit over ethics by paying unsustainable wages, using cheap synthetic materials, and catering to short-lived trends. As consumers, we can stop fast fashion by consciously shopping and living more sustainably. By shopping scond-hand, buying less, and investing in higher quality products, we can minimize the harmful impacts we have on the environment. Sign this peition as a pledge to your committment to be more consious and sustainable of your shopping habits. Learn more here.
Petition to Governer Kim Reynolds
Urgent: Temporarily Close Meat-Packing Plants in Iowa
Several meat-packing facilities have been identified as sources of major covid-19 outbreaks in the state of Iowa. Meat packing plant workers are considered "essential", yet they are treated as disposable commodities whose lives, families, and livelihoods do not matter. A percentage of patients who will contract this highly infectious disease will suffer severe and fatal complications. The risk of death increases exponentially if our hospital systems are overwhelmed by patients admitted with the disease. Meat-packing plant workers have already died from covid-19 in Iowa. If we act now, we can mitigate the spread of this infectious disease, which is indeed causing economic uncertainty and hardship, and which is again re-surging. While it will be an economic hardship to those farmers who had expected to turn a profit, if the meat-packing facilities close, the farmers will be able to survive without that revenue for a temporary period. Governor Reynolds cites the critical nature of this production for the food supply, Reynolds seems to forget that reduced pork consumption for food doesn’t equate to life and death. We have seen the absolute devastation that occurs when effective measures are not taken to contain the disease early.The financial burdens caused by covid-19 will only increase with the new infections. There is no price tag for human life. Iowans deserve safe working conditions. Contact Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds: Governor of IowaGov. Kim ReynoldsState Capitol1007 E. Grand Ave.Des Moines, IA 50319Telephone: 515-281-5211Online Contact Information: https://governor.iowa.gov/constituent-services/register-opinion/
Petition to Matthew Shaw, Sir Michael Rake, Paul Evans
Equality for security guards at Great Ormond Street Hospital
My name is Erica Rasheed and I am a security guard at Great Ormond Street Hospital. For the past year, I have been one of those key workers that keep the hospital running. Yet I am part of a small group of workers who are outsourced and on inferior contracts. Like many of the people who turn up to work at the world renowned establishment, I am not originally from the UK, but from Portugal, and my parents from Angola and Mozambique before me. I came here to find a better life for me and my family, but also - like many others, I came to contribute to this country. In 7 months time, I will give birth to my second child. I will do that at an NHS hospital and like many women across the country, I will marvel at this service which - as they say here - ‘free at the point of use’. But this will be a bittersweet moment. Because for the past few months, my colleagues and I have been asking our bosses at the NHS to bring us in-house. We are doing this because as outsourced employees, we get worse pay, worse benefits, worse conditions. What does that mean for me? It means that in 7 months’ time, when I have my second child, I can’t afford to stay with my newborn longer than the 6 weeks that the statutory maternity gives me. My NHS colleagues get to stay home for 5 months. They earn a whopping 2500 more during that time. From a woman’s perspective, this is what outsourcing looks like. Last year, when the world woke up to the realities of racism, bosses at the NHS made nice sounding pledges about how to address ‘structural racism’. We security guards are mostly Black and Brown migrants. Our colleagues in-housed at the NHS are mostly white. If you ever wanted an example of institutional racism, look no further. Going on strike is a last resort. I am calling on you all to sign this petition - because petitions work. They put pressure on people in power. Please sign it in solidarity in support of our strike.