• Gig Workers MUST Be Included In Vaccine Priority List
    Gig workers ARE essential workers. Gig workers are the people who drive passengers for companies like Uber and who deliver food for companies like Doordash and Instacart. They have provided many of us with services we’ve relied on in order to safely shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is for this exact reason that many states list gig workers as “essential workers”. As the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed, it is imperative that the Center for Disease Control include gig workers in their Phase 1b recommendation for vaccine distribution for “Frontline essential workers”. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, gig corporations were quick to petition that their workers be classified as essential, while refusing to provide them with personal protective equipment or healthcare. The people who drive for ride hailing companies and deliver our food and groceries safely to our homes, have been forced to spend the last ten months exposing themselves to a deadly virus in order to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. Despite this, many state governors have failed to include gig workers in vaccine roll out efforts. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo excluded rideshare drivers and food delivery workers from the next phase of the state’s vaccine rollout. This is unacceptable and dangerous for both workers and consumers alike. The CDC must properly prioritize gig workers as essential workers in vaccine roll out plans across the country. Many gig workers have had no choice but to continue working or return to work during a deadly pandemic because the platform corporations they work for have unilaterally abandoned them. These corporations have refused to pay a dime into state unemployment funds and have actively advocated that their workers be excluded from state unemployment benefits, all while denying them access to crucial benefits like health insurance, paid sick leave and proper protective equipment. The majority of gig workers in the United States are Black or Brown, representing the communities hardest hit by the pandemic while receiving the least amount of protection and support. It is crucial that the CDC’s vaccine plan includes gig workers as essential workers. We demand that the Center for Disease Control include gig workers in their Phase 1b recommendations for vaccine distribution for “Frontline essential workers”.
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    Created by Gig Workers Rising
  • We Demand Tips in the Drive Thru
    Burgerville workers have demanded hazard pay in the past, and Burgerville has denied these requests. Now there is a way for workers to get increased pay at no cost to Burgerville: credit card tips at the drive thru. Workers feel this urgency now more than ever. Due to management error, credit card were briefly enabled at the Convention Center Burgerville in November. This resulted in workers making an extra $5 an hour from the generous contributions of appreciative customers. The community of customers have demonstrated they want to tip when they are given the opportunity, and this gesture makes a huge difference in worker compensation. This is the pay they deserve as they risk their life to serve customers.
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    Created by Burgerville Workers Union
  • Hops Burger Bar workers seek COVID-19 protections for the community
    Hops Burger Bar has already had COVID-19 cases at multiple of their locations and have failed to properly notify their workers, or respond in a timely way! Management delays means the virus has time to spread.
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    Created by Lillian Thorne
  • Justice for Sonic Employees
    Carhops at Sonic are paid a tipped wage of 5 dollars an hour. Since we are a fast food establishment, many customers don't realize that we are tipped workers. Including a prompt to tip your carhop in the check-out will communicate that carhops must be tipped. During my time at Sonic, I've had several customers ask why they can't tip on the card. Staff is expected to wear a mask at all times, to mitigate the spread of covid-19. However, there is no policy that requires that customers extend the courtesy. This puts employees at greater risk, because masks are effective at containing pathogens, in other words they are only effective if both parties wear them. Sonic has the responsibility to provide a safe working environment.
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    Created by Zella Roberts
  • Extend Unemployment Payments & Ensure Overpayment Relief for Gig Workers
    More than 7.3 million gig workers, independent contractors, and self-employed workers will see their unemployment benefits cut on December 26 if the government doesn’t act. Millions of people who work for gig companies, such as Uber and Lyft drivers, were directed to apply for unemployment benefits through the federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Only some have been able to access state unemployment benefits. In any event, these benefits were—and continue to be—extremely meager. The average payment given to workers is between $114 and $357 a week—below the poverty line in most states. Now, some people who were directed to apply for PUA are even being notified that they have been overpaid and may be responsible for returning the overpaid amount . This is not only unrealistic, it is inhumane. Many gig workers are behind on rent and struggling to keep food on the table, and do not have extra cash on hand to return to the state. While drivers, couriers, and shoppers are struggling to stay safe and pay their bills, gig corporations have gotten richer and have not paid a dime into state unemployment insurance funds. For example, through misclassifying their workers, Uber and Lyft avoided paying a total of $413 million into California’s unemployment insurance fund between 2014 and 2019. Sign on today and stand with gig workers who are demanding an extension on their benefits and relief for any overpayment.
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    Created by Gig Workers Rising
  • Target Workers Demand Hazard Pay - T2212
    Both the New York Times and ProPublica have written about the impact of COVID-19, reporting that in states where Black communities make up only a relatively small portion of the population, nearly half — if not majority — of all COVID-19 deaths are members of the Black community. Given that T2212 is located in a primarily working class, Black community, Target is responsible for the protection of both its employees and the community that it serves. If Target is truly dedicated to racial equality, then it must provide a minimum of $2 hazard pay to mitigate the extreme risk that its essential workers face on a daily basis at this location.
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    Created by Target Employee Picture
  • Support Meadow Park Workers!
    Workers at Meadow Park in St. Helens have been trying to get management to have their COVID risk taken seriously. Now there is a substantial COVID outbreak affecting both workers and residents.
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    Created by Cole Richardson
  • Stand with Bookshop Santa Cruz Workers as they Organize a Union!
    Bookshop Santa Cruz workers, who are not currently offered health insurance by their employer, have concerns about the management’s inconsistent communication regarding health and safety at the store, as well as concerns about the rising cost of living in Santa Cruz and the sustainability of the store. The workers want job security, an option for healthcare, and additional employee support systems. The workers’ organizing committee says, “We felt we could garner greater support as a collective rather than as individuals. 2020 has been a difficult year for small businesses everywhere and we hope to collaborate with management to create a sustainable path forward for one of the only independent bookstores in the area.”
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    Created by Eric Dirnbach Picture
  • Protect frontline employees at Industrious co-working spaces
    We continue to put ourselves at risk each day because we are committed to our jobs and we care about our members. We deserve to feel safe and comfortable at work.
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    Created by Concerned Industrious Employee
  • No Holiday Work at Carvana!
    The last few years Carvana has shown us that we are not important or of concern to them...numbers are. We have seen this through their point system where you get pointed if you get in an accident before work or if you’re terribly sick at work and management sends us home. Recently, they have forced the night shift to work into major holidays: Thanksgiving and possibly Christmas. This stops us from being able to spend time with our families which should be number one with any company. Since headquarters refuses to care and make us wait until a week before the holiday to make a schedule, we need to let them know that enough is enough. Night shift should have their own schedule and it should be delivered to us at the beginning of the year.
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    Created by Cherrelle Townsend
  • NACCHO management: recognize our union!
    For years staff at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) have been frustrated with the lack of transparency, inconsistencies in policies and procedures, and disparities in job responsibilities, salaries, and hours across like positions from management. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated our frustration. At this time, an overwhelming majority of staff at NACCHO have decided to form a union with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2. We believe that increasing opportunities for staff input in decision-making, open and transparent communication between employees and management, and acknowledging the importance of racial and ethnic equity across the organization will ensure that staff, and thus NACCHO, will be able to harness our full potential and advance our mission together. By agreeing to voluntarily recognize our union, Management at NACCHO can demonstrate with meaningful concrete action to our staff, the members we serve in nearly 3000 local health departments, and the public health community as a whole that NACCHO is an organization where staff are respected, valued, and encouraged to stay and work into the long future. We ask that you join us in asking CEO Lori Tremmel Freeman and the NACCHO Management team to respect the wishes of NACCHO staff by voluntarily recognizing our union by signing our petition!
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    Created by NACCHO Union
  • Food service workers deserve better! We work hard to feed ESU students. Honor our contract!
    We are the hardworking men and women who feed students day-in and day-out at East Stroudsburg University. We recently negotiated a union contract that ensures we are paid fairly, treated with respect and provided with benefits that help us take care of our families. We can't allow these protections to be threatened by the PA State System of Higher Education's (PASSHE) merger of the food service operations at ESU with those at Bloomsburg University, Lock Haven University, Kutztown University, Cheyney University, Mansfield University and potentially Millersville University. Starting next academic year (2021-22), one food service contractor will feed students at all six campuses under one agreement. Food service companies have submitted their bids now. The winning company will be chosen this winter. We call on Interim President Long and Chancellor Greenstein to demand that the winning company honor our existing union contract as well as the contracts of our union brothers and sisters at Lock Haven, Bloomsburg, Millersville, Cheyney and Mansfield. The winning company should also grant workers at Kutztown University a fair process for joining a union so that they too can negotiate for fair wages, benefits and working conditions. We are prepared to take action if this arrangement threatens our union contract. We are well aware of how unfairly many nonunion food service workers are treated and how poorly they are compensated. We will do whatever it takes to preserve the fair treatment, pay and respect we have fought for!
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    Created by PASSHE Dining Workers United for Dignity