• Close down all Plato’s Closet stores and offer compensation to employees during COVID-19
    Closing down the retail chain is important because it puts the safety of the employees first. Employees work in fear every single day helping customers. A new pair of jeans or discounted designer handbag is not a necessity during this difficult time. Employees should be allowed to practice safe social distancing measures from the safety of their homes without fear of how they will be able to afford groceries. Please help all hourly employees of Plato’s Closet get the compensation and social distancing they deserve during this difficult time.
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    Created by Marrisa Ratliff
  • close starbucks across canada with pay
    These are scary times, while it is important not to panic it is also important to take the proper precautions in order to successfully diminish the possible COVID-19 cases in Winnipeg. This letter isn’t an act of rebellion against Starbucks but simply expressing our right to feel safe at work, being able to give our customers the Starbucks experience by keeping them safe and also an act of solidarity for all the people in self isolation and risking their jobs to keep our communities safe. What we’d like to see is a total shut down of the store and complete pay for the hours originally promised. We must take extra precautions to keep our partners and customers safe. This is will allow customers to see that Starbucks is taking this seriously and will come back with respect for the company once this pandemic passes. The Starbucks experience is to keep our customers happy, feeling safe and making Starbucks feel like their third place. However, right now it is crucial for partners and customers to stay at home and lessen the possible spread of COVID-19. It saddens us to say this but if Starbucks stays open people will not take this pandemic seriously and put others at risk. As it just takes one infected person to cause an outbreak. This is an act of solidarity for the working class and all those who are self isolating. This should allow for some partners to self isolate and still being able to live, pay rent and other debts. We can’t put our partners, our friends at needless risk. While other stores are being closed and getting paid with catastrophic pay, we are putting ourselves and the community at risk by being open. That is why we are asking this, it unfair to the community we are putting at risk, especially because most of our customers are over 60 and we are putting them at risk by simply being in contact with them. Another issue partners have brought up is how working during a pandemic is taking a toll on their mental health. Partners are afraid to come to work, scared they will get sick themselves or spread the virus as a carrier. Everyone’s anxiety is heightened as our brains switch onto survival mode. These are unprecedented times and we have no idea what to expect in the future. Regarding the e-mail Starbucks sent to customers filled with blatant lies and misinformation: “Many of our customers have also asked how we will care for our partners. We have shared with our partners that they will never have to choose between working or taking care of themselves. For details on the comprehensive support and resources we are providing please visit here” Here is the information we got from our manager on our storewide facebook group: Partner is sick for more than 7 days have to apply for leave of absence. Partner who is sick can't be paid vacation. Only if partner is on vacation. Partners who traveled outside Canada on 29th Feb or after should self quarantine for 14days but will be paid catastrophic pay. Partner who is ill should visit a doctor and present a doctor a doctor's note upon return to work. Partners who exhibit flu like system should not come to work but see a doctor or visit test COVID-19 sights. Manitoban doctors have asked for work places to stop demanding doctors notes because it is dangerous to unnecessarily visit doctors who could be hosting people with the virus. Because another person who really needs to visit the doctor should be having that appointment instead of someone being forced to get a doctors note. That isn’t support, that is detailing how we have to work even if we do not feel safe or if we feel sick. If a partner is sick, they can’t get paid? So they must go to work and possibly infect others. That isn’t a safety precaution. That e-mail was strictly to save face with our customers but do nothing for the partners who are on the front lines of dealing with the virus.
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    Created by Jayelyn Rae Picture
  • Stop ALL food delivery service until this ENDS!!
    I work at one of these regional/national chains. When I went to work today for the first time in 3 days, there was no hand sanitizer provided, no masks, no gloves presented, no temperature taken of the people I work with or myself. I have been wearing gloves and using my own hand sanitizer for a week, then during my three days off, things changed dramatically. I have one coworker tell me he has a sore throat the second I walk in. I am absolutely livid at this point. You see, I take care of my elderly parents, especially my father who is in frail health. For the last three days ive worried to death about coming back to work, because I work with people who are all much younger, and honeslty still think this is all a joke. So I hoped it would somehow be ok, but I knew....These places, the people at top, including the managers at the stores, they arent going to have to grab a $20 bill from a guy that just coughed all over it. They wont see the sick people, then have to worry about going home to there elderly parents, they only care about one thing, money. Money, dirty disgusting money, possibly covered in bacteria, being brought back into a shop of people that think that this is still a joke. Well, it didnt take me more than 2 seconds to go home when offered to go. Now, I dont know where I'll get money, because I dont even know if I have a job still. I had to make a decision right that second, my parents health or my money....I chose my parents. I shouldnt have to worry now about my job, about going to work to get sick. To bring it home to my parents. If every person could actually be 100% safe and cared, maybe these places would be fine to have open, but they are not, they still dont care, and are dangerous right now. Please help the elderly and people that do care about this, and shut these places down!
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  • Close non urgent physician offices
    We need to protect the general public and decrease the spead of this virus. The CDC and other public health officials have made it clear that everyone should stay home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.
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    Created by Marie Gollum
  • Pay H-E-B partners hazard pay
    The definition of hazard pay by the UN is: "Hazard pay is a form of compensation granted to staff members who have been requested to remain and report for work in duty stations where very hazardous conditions, such as war or active hostilities, prevailed and where the evacuation of families and nonessential staff had taken place." H-E-B is currently open to the public during this time to provide customers with a much needed service of providing groceries among many other items. Many H-E-B partners are worried and scared that during these hard times of a pandemic that they or their families will likely contract COVID-19 due to being in contact with customers during their shifts without proper PPE to otherwise protect them. Thus H-E-B should be providing partners with hazard pay to compensate them for their extra work and exposure to COVID-19.
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  • Market of Choice Employees for COVID-19 Hazard Pay
    According to the UN, hazard pay is “a form of compensation granted to staff members who have been requested to remain and report for work in duty stations where very hazardous conditions, such as war or active hostilities, prevailed and where the evacuation of families and nonessential staff had taken place.” Employees are experiencing elevated anxiety and fear as they continue their regularly scheduled shifts at the eye of the pandemic storm, especially those who are considered at-risk. Hazard pay would go a long way in terms of increasing morale and knowing their employers recognize the hard work and health risks they face amid this global crisis.
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  • Red lobster: Crew needs hazard pay now!
    Is important because now we are left jobless, we don’t know when we going to be return back to work. They didn’t give us a plan or how to handle corona virus while working. They didn’t care that we handle cash money daily with no gloves on our hands. We haven’t receive a phone call letting the staff know anything or how they could help us financially. Some staff are left with under $50 dollars which it doesn’t cover much for food. We asking for help we all depends on tips as servers at red lobster don’t get a paycheck we only make what we earn the day of work. Please help us.
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    Created by Jose Perez
  • Fred Meyer associates deserve hazard pay!!
    It's important because we are risking everything by remaining at work. "Hazard pay is a form of compensation granted to staff members who have been requested to remain and report for work in duty stations where very hazardous conditions."
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    Created by Lauren Hendricks
  • USPS Must Ensure Rights and Safety for Employees and Customers During COVID-19 Pandemic
    In many stations, management has not so much as read a safety talk about health risks during this pandemic and how to minimize them. No significant steps of any sort have been taken to ensure the safety of employees or customers. A memo sent to station managers and supervisors on March 13 claimed that “ “the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low for the general American public.” This is grossly irresponsible and must be corrected immediately. The CDC and other public health officials have made it clear that everyone should stay home and avoid contact with others as much as possible. By continuing to work as normal, postal employees are put at great risk of contracting the virus and/or spreading it to customers. If the Postal Service fails to act swiftly and boldly, many employees and customers alike will die as a result, and countless more will suffer illness. The gravity of this can hardly be overstated. We must therefore take the above steps to keep the most vulnerable people out of high risk situations entirely, and ensure the greatest care is taken for all others. There is simply no excuse for failure to do so. Given the risk that all employees are taking by continuing to work in a viral pandemic, the great stress the situation puts on them and their families, and the extra time and care that is demanded by safety precautions in their daily work, time and a half hazard pay should be the minimal compensation for those who continue to work. Finally, it is outrageous that employees who are required to work in such a high risk situation should be forced to take leave without pay if they contract the virus as a result. USPS as an employer must take responsibility for the risks it forces upon its employees, and guarantee their continued pay during illness.
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  • #BoTime is OVER: People over Profits! Paid Sick Leave NOW!
    -A safe working environment. Please take some initiative to either shut down your stores completely or limit interactions between employees and customers by only utilizing the drive thru area instead of using the lobby area during the outbreak of COVID-19. -Livable wages. While I cannot speak to the kinds of pay offered at corporate locations, I can speak out about the franchise location I work at. People are given bare minimum wages. I work with people who have not had raises in YEARS. Shift managers at my location start off at $8.50/hr. When crew members are not paid fairly and management positions are not awarded with fair wage increases, employees do not have anything to aspire to work towards and as a result are not enthusiastic to be “good” employees. When I was a general manager I was given a grossing annual wage of $31,200 a year (which was $600 a week, despite the fact I was expected to work 60+ hours regularly). Your employees deserve to be paid a living wage, regardless of their job title. If you can’t do that, then you shouldn’t be in business. Please take you pizza parties, $5 gas cards, and faux appreciation and shove it. -Paid sick leave. Employees should not be forced to come into work when they are sick out of fear they won’t be able to afford their rent/bills/groceries/childcare/etc. (probably because they don’t get paid enough in the first place). This is especially important now because families all across America are worried they will not be able to make ends meet during the COVID-19 outbreak if they have to miss work. -Access to healthcare. I cannot speak with certainty how healthcare benefits are handled at corporate store locations, though a quick glance at the Bojangles’ corporate page leads me to assume it is probably minimal. Employees at my location are not awarded any benefits, not even full-time or management positions. As general manager, there were several occasions when I was dealing with health complications and found myself with no insurance. When I reached out to the franchisees, I was met with excuses as to why they could not provide us with any insurance. If employees are using their bodies to do the work for you day in and day out, the least you can do is help ensure they get access to the healthcare they deserve. THE TIME IS NOW. People’s lives are at stake right NOW and Bojangles’ is sending a message that they value profits over people. Please do not underestimate the severity of this virus. It does not care how much money you make. Do not wait until the virus spreads further and things get worse. Show your employees and customers that you are committed to their well-being today. #PEOPLEOVERPROFITS #BOTIMEISOVER
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  • Trader Joe’s: Crew needs hazard pay now!
    According to the UN, hazard pay is “a form of compensation granted to staff members who have been requested to remain and report for work in duty stations where very hazardous conditions, such as war or active hostilities, prevailed and where the evacuation of families and nonessential staff had taken place.” We are in the middle of a global crisis. Trader Joe’s — and grocery stores at large — are ensuring our communities can safely and comfortably quarantine/self-isolate. But the workers stocking the shelves have not received any sort of security from Trader Joe’s corporate or ALDI, which owns Trader Joe’s, that we can be compensated for the essential service we are providing. Trader Joe’s offered to reimburse sick time for any worker who becomes ill for up to one week. That is insufficient — it requires workers to work until they get sick before they can receive any compensation for putting their lives in danger, and it does nothing to answer concerns of part-time or new crewmembers who don’t qualify for medical insurance should they become ill. Trader Joe’s proudly employs elderly and disabled workers, two demographics that are most at risk for becoming critically ill from COVID-19. Yet those workers can’t afford to avoid work and keep themselves safe. Grocery stores and hospitals are on the frontlines right now, but grocery store workers don’t have access to the same precautions and resources as hospital workers. Hazard pay and guaranteed closure pay provides security, comfort, and increased morale knowing our company has our backs.
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    Created by Trader Joe’s Union Coalition