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 President Trump, Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, Al Almanza, Administrator for the Food Safety and Inspection Service
Keep Hair, Toenails, and Feces Out of Pork
President Trump and his Department of Agriculture are cooking up a plan to increase corporate profits through the newly proposed Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection (MSSI) rule. If implemented, MSSI would prevent food inspectors from adequately keeping feces, toenails, and hair out of your pork! Under MSSI, inspectors would be required to monitor 83 pounds of pork per second and 1,300 hogs per hour. “On numerous occasions I witnessed [company inspectors] fail to spot abscesses, lesions, fecal matter, and other defects that would render an animal unsafe or unwholesome.” – Anonymous Inspector Corporations get rich. What’s in it for you? Consumers get compromised food safety Workers get subjected to harsh conditions and impossible quotas Animals get slaughtered at inhumane speeds Meat inspectors agree: high-speed hog plants are dangerous. “It’s no longer meaningful for consumers to see that mark indicating that their product has been USDA inspected…” – Meat Inspector The industry’s only concern is moving hogs down the line – meat inspector concerns don’t matter much. With less government oversight, consumers are left eating subpar pork sold at market prices. The jobs that highly trained inspectors once did are now handed over to untrained workers at pork plants. The workers don’t have the power to question their supervisors. Workers who try to stop sick pigs from getting into the food supply risk being fired. Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to preserve the integrity of our nation’s food system; assist overworked inspectors and line workers; and ensure pigs are treated humanely. Together we can prevent MSSI!
Petition to Andrew Cuomo
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 2011 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. Exclusive NYS Parole Documentary: Unsung Heroes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr1ElvuZe
Petition to Lisa Bisaccia
CVS Pharmacy To Pay Disaster Pay for Hurricane Harvey Employees
CVS pharmacy has decided not to pay any hourly colleagues any disaster pay for hurricane Harvey which was brutal on Texas and is still an active storm. Most other companies such as Starbucks and Walmart have stood by their employees and delivered the clear message that you will not be forgotten. We're not asking for special pay above and beyond what we were scheduled. Only for the time that we wanted to be at work helping our patients. CVS has a motto for employees: "Who's Your who?" This reminds us that someone always cares about a person and that we must account for results of actions we take. Please stand true to this motto and don't let the employees down. CVS has a disaster fund which we were all given packets. In order to be eligible for this you must first exhaust all other avenues such as a 401k loan, "community resources", sale our stock, or use friends and family. Why ruin our stocks or retirement just to be charged additional penalties for this? CVS is a great company. Don't let this tarnish the reputation with your employees.
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 Andrea Willer, George Blumenthal, Sarah Latham
Reinstate UCSC Head Coaches Emily Scheese and Jamey Harris
On June 28, 2017 UC Santa Cruz Coaches Emily Scheese (women's soccer) and Jamey Harris (women/men's cross country and track/field) were unceremoniously fired by Andrea Willer, the head of OPERS. They were informed their employment contracts would not be renewed, and that in just 2 days they would lose their jobs, their pay, and their health insurance. Neither was given any explanation for this life-changing decision, other than the administration had decided to "go in a different direction." (At the bottom of this page, you can find links to articles in the Santa Cruz Sentinel that more fully describe the situation.) These firings are shocking and wrong-headed because both Jamey Harris and Emily Scheese were exemplary coaches along every dimension. They were recognized for coaching excellence by their peers across the country; both were three-time recipients of the "Coach of the Year" award from the NCAA Division III Association of Independents. Jamey and Emily both brought their teams to great athletic success and markedly improved the competitive standing of their teams. Both demanded academic excellence from their athletes, and led all of their teams to earn multiple Division III "All Academic Team" awards. Both Emily and Jamey were beloved by those they coached for helping them achieve new levels of athletic and personal growth, and for their efforts to make UCSC athletics more inclusive, diverse, and accessible by more students. Emily and Jamey both managed to provide great competitive experiences to their athletes on shoestring budgets. None of their teams received enough UCSC funds to participate in all their scheduled competitions. So, to make up the shortfall, Emily and Jamey were also master fundraisers who took responsibility for raising all the money that their programs required. They were also creative geniuses in reducing costs to stay within budget. Neither Jamey nor Emily ever received any indication that the administration was not happy with their performance. All their past performance reviews were positive, and no one from the administration ever gave them any indication that they were unhappy with the direction where Emily and Jamey were taking their teams. Their teams are now without coaches, but the Cross Country and Soccer seasons begin in just 5 weeks. These athletes deserve better. In fact they deserve the best: Jamey and Emily. Firing them was a grave mistake by the UCSC administration, but it is not too late to reverse action and reinstate Jamey Harris and Emily Scheese to their Head Coach positions. To convince the administration, we must act quickly and be very persistent and vocal. Please join us. Sign this petition to ask UCSC administrators to immediately reinstate Emily Scheese as Head Coach for Women's soccer and Jamey Harris as Head Coach for Men's and Women's Cross Country and Men's and Women's Track & Field. In signing the petition, PLEASE LEAVE A PERSONAL COMMENT. Describe how Emily or Jamey made a difference in your life. Vouch for their expertise in their sport and their coaching skills. And if Emily or Jamey were part of why you chose UCSC, please say so in your comment. ************************ For more information, please refer to these articles in the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Swift firings: UC Santa Cruz restructures its athletic program Coaches lodge complaints against UC Santa Cruz for Athletic department layoffs Letter: Staffing 'restructure' a huge blow to UCSC Letter: Students need more than just academics at UCSC Letter: UCSC firing of coaches a deceitful act