Petition to Zygi Wilf, Shahid Khan, Clark Hunt, Tom Benson, Robert Wood Johnson IV, Carol and Mark Davis, Jeffrey Lurie, Alex Spanos, Stan Kroenke, Malcolm Glazer, Estate of Bud Adams, Jim Irsay, Robert McNair, Stephen Ross, Jed York, Pat Bowlen, Paul Allen, Bill Bidwell, Arthur Blank, Ralph Wilson, Jerry Richardson, Mike Brown, Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder
NFL Teams: Pay Your Cheerleaders A Living Wage
NFL Cheerleaders are one of the most recognizable mainstays of the sport, rooting on their teams in extreme weather and performing routines for millions of fans. But while NFL Cheerleaders bring in as much as $1 million dollars each season for their teams in merchandising and promotions, many get paid as little as $150 per game. In fact, while NFL Cheerleaders do have some opportunities for outside appearances, many of these skilled athletes make less than $1000 per year. Comparatively, an NFL Mascot can make as much as $65,000 per season; and while some NFL teams have recently moved in the direction of paying Cheerleaders minimum wage ($9 per hour), the NFL pays Concession Stand Workers $12-$18 per hour. NFL Cheerleaders spend countless hours at practice each week, perfecting their routines, but most aren’t paid for any of it. Being an NFL cheerleader isn’t a hobby; for many, it’s their dream come true. The selection process for the few slots on each squad is highly competitive and each member is required to have highly specialized dance and athletic skills. It’s time for NFL teams to step up and start paying cheerleaders a “living wage”. Please join me, Paula Abdul, and numerous other great supporters, in asking the 26 NFL teams that have cheerleading squads to commit to paying their Cheerleaders a living wage for the work they do contribute to their respective franchises and the National Football League as a whole.
Petition to Represenative Matt Shaheen
Say No To HB 1705 - TEXAS Barber and Cosmetology Abolishment
:Signature Goal 100K
On 02/12/2019 Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen, District 66, filed HB 1705, which states to abolish the regulation practices of Barbering and Cosmetology. If HB 1705 were to pass, all Texas Barber and Cosmetology licenses would no longer be valid or required as of September 1, 2019. This would be an insult to the licensed professionals that have taken the time to receive Barbering and Cosmetology education that consist of Anatomy and Physiology of Hair, Skin and Nails, Chemistry, Ecology, Trichology, and more. This would also be a disservice to the consumer as abolishment would put both parties at a high risk of communicable diseases, chemical damages, and hair loss due to improper practical application and lack of knowledge in safety and sanitation. It is now time to organize by letting your voice be heard and maintaining awareness of this situation as this has not been the first attempt. We need all licensed professionals, future student professionals, manufacturing companies, and consumers to understand the importance of opposing HB 1705 by siging this petition, making phone calls, sending emails, and being present to show your disdain for this bill. State Representative Matt Shaheen, Dist #66 District - Ph:469-642-8708 512-463-0594 Fax:512-463-1021 Email:email@example.com With kind regards, Sharla Wooten
Petition to Ohio House of Representatives, Ryan Smith, Ohio STRS Board of Directors
Respect Ohio's Retired Teachers, Restore Their Promised COLA
Teachers in Ohio were always promised a simple Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) upon retirement. It is only through a COLA that retired teachers can keep up with inflation. Many of Ohio's teachers teach in rural areas and retire with very modest pensions. They rely heavily on their promised and earned COLA. The State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) and elected official have broken their promises to Ohio's retirees and have placed an unfair burden on Ohio's current teachers. Currently, the COLA is suspended for all retired teachers indefinitely. STRS stated they will not review their actions until May of 2022. There isn't any promise the COLA for retired teachers will ever be reinstated again. The Ohio Legislature created the problem when they relinquished their control of the COLA to the STRS Board of Trustees. The Legislature gave the STRS Board of Trustees the authority to "adjust the COLA." The trustees however, eliminated the COLA. Taking away a promised benefit after teachers have retired is wrong and arguably in violation of Ohio law (see Article II, Section 28). The Ohio State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) is not a broken system, far from it. STRS is in good financial condition having 77 billion dollars for investment purposes. In fact, STRS ended Fiscal Year 2018 being 75.5% funded which is above the national norm. STRS Ohio does well, consistently averaging over 8% returns on their investments for each and every 30 year rolling funding period. Additionally, STRS Ohio has a revenue stream. They receive 14% from every active teacher's paycheck, which is the highest teacher employee contribution in the nation. Additionally they receive a 14% match from each and every teacher's employer; thereby receiving a whopping 28% in contributions from every teacher's salary. STRS is so well off that they seemingly can afford to provide numerous large annual performance bonuses of over $100,000 plus to 37 members of their investment staff. Eight individuals receive bonuses over $250,000 dollars, one over $330,000. This is in addition to their six-figure salaries. This one individual's performance bonus alone could pay the average annual COLA for 330 of Ohio's retirees. In the years 2013 through 2017, STRS took actions that drastically impacted Ohio's teachers. During these years STRS first decreased the COLA for retired teachers and then froze the COLA for what will effectively amount to at least 8 years of COLA losses. STRS also sought to make active teachers work 5 additional years in order to receive a full pension. Ohio's Legislature allowed this so Ohio teachers will have to be 60 years of age and work at least 35 years for a full pension. Many of Ohio's teachers will have to work 38-39 years to meet the requirements for a full pension. As if this wasn't enough, STRS sought action (which was granted by Ohio's Legislature) to withhold their COLA for their first 5 years of their retirement. No other state in the nation has such stringent requirements. If the STRS cannot grant Ohio's teachers a simple COLA upon retirement then all STRS salaries should be frozen and all STRS bonuses should be suspended until they can provide a COLA to retirees. Teachers and the public demand that STRS come up with a plan to restore our COLA. TEACHERS will only support legislators and STRS board members who value the profession of teaching! Note: If you are an Ohio teacher, or retired teacher, these groups have shown their support, Ohio STRS Member Only Forum (found on Facebook), Ohio's Retired Teacher Association (ORTA), Ohio's American Association of University Professors, the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) and their affiliates. In addition, many of Ohio's retiree chapters have shown support. If eligible, please consider joining and supporting these organizations.
Petition to Sonic Drive-In
Ask Sonic to add a tip option on electronic transactions at carhop stations.
I believe that income inequality is one of the greatest threats facing families across our country. Those in the food service industry typically earn low wages and often times they struggle to survive even with tips. I recently stopped at a Sonic Drive-In and used my debit card to pay because I had absolutely no cash on hand. I was unable to tip my carhop as a result because there is no option to do so. My food arrived and was delivered by a middle-aged woman who looked as though she had been working all day. This is unfair to her and others working at Sonic Drive-In establishments because most people no longer use cash when making purchases. I understand that the minimum wage needs to be adjusted and that is a cause that I will continue to embrace. However, in the meantime, the very least I can do is demand that companies like this take steps to ensure workers are able to adequately receive tips. Let's stand with Sonic workers! #FreeTheTips
Petition to Andrew M. 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. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NYSPOBA/ NYS Parole Documentary - Unsung Heroes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr1ElvuZe
Petition to Whole Foods corporate office and shareholders
Whole Foods: Don't cut employee benefits!
Billion dollar company, Whole Foods, says as of January 1, 2020 it will cut medical coverage for the 1,900 part-time employees who work at least 20 hours a week, "to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model." "We are providing team members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options, or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week," said a Whole Foods spokesperson. "All Whole Foods Market team members continue to receive employment benefits including a 20% in-store discount." Even if owner Jeff Bezos were not worth $114 billion, we'd find this action by Whole Foods to be disgraceful. It creates a hardship for many employees, whether struggling to pay bills, raise families, continue their education, or provide extra income. With the cost of living skyrocketing, leaving the 2% of Whole Foods 95,000 employees without this safety net is cruel and harmful. Once known for its fair treatment of workers, the tide has turned at Whole Foods. After raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, many workers saw their hours cut - thus diluting the effects of the wage increase. The nation’s largest grocery union, UFCW, noted that it has been a “vocal critic” of what it called aggressive moves by Amazon “to devalue and degrade grocery jobs at Whole Foods.” We ask Whole Foods to reverse its decision to cut benefits to any of its employees.
Petition to Charles D. Baker, Massachusetts State Senate, Massachusetts State House
Disability benefits for Firefighters with Parkinson's Disease from toxins.
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. The increased rate of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a degenerative brain disorder, in firefighters has emerged. 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 toxins is the culprit. Four firefighters who all fought a tire fire in Spencer MA in 1986 have all been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. 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. There is no disputing 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 Those in charge of haunt and haunt costuming/makeup
Let Sophia Helmboldt on the makeup team
I (Sophia Helmboldt) have started this position to attempt to come back to Haunt 2019 as a makeup artist. I have had over 7 years of experience including working on film sets and currently in cosmetology school. And yes I was a makeup artist at Haunt and Winterfest 2018. I was told by the head of makeup that she would not be hiring anyone under 18 this year but that I was an exception due to (at the time) currently being on the team. On 6/24 (after kick off, after I filled out reapplying paperwork, after I was told I could come back, after I talked to all of the people who just told me no) I was told I could not return due to the age being changed. I tried to working things out with the head of makeup and even went to the head of costuming. But was still told “no” and as to no explanation why, other than not bing 18. (I turn 18 11/22/19). I truly love the people and work I get to do at Haunt. And I am truly heartbroken with the news I received. It would mean so much to be able to come back this year. Thank you to everyone who’s supported me through this.