• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Increase base pay & offer hazard pay to gig workers. Company profits must be transparent.
    No one should profit from the pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic all incentives and bonuses that had been offered regularly prior to the virus disappeared while business for these companies dramatically increased. These companies should not be allowed to exploit workers by consistently excusing themselves from any responsibility to these workers via the "independent contractor" classification.
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  • Home Chef overworking, underpaying, and discriminating
    Employees working in this company are being overlooked, discriminated, underpaid and overworked to the point where individuals get unhealthy. Employees no longer feel valued & get wrongfully terminated. Not a safe work environment.
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  • Hazard pay for Nurses and CNAs
    We are on the frontlines. We are putting ourselves, our children, and our parents at risk. We are over worked as it is, many are burned out and managment's response is to give out coins to reward people for doing things like mention being 1 of the first 3 employees to mention "jingle bells" to the director of nursing. They're changing how we divide up the halls. They're considering switching from 8 hour shifts to 12. They admit there's a problem but they're not willing to admit there's an obvious solution. We currently make what employees at Wal-Mart make, or less in some cases. We need to be compensated for the ESSENTIAL work we are performing.
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  • Give Sex Workers a Voice on OnlyFans!
    Since the Covid-19 pandemic, many sex workers have relied heavily on OnlyFans to make a living, and in so doing, have helped to accelerate the growth of the platform and increase the profits of the company overall. In response to this surge in growth and some of the complications that have come with it, the platform has introduced new policies that have hurt these workers’ ability to make the money they need to survive, thus compromising their quality of life. The recent decision to lower the amount of money creators can receive via tips and pay-to-view messages has resulted in lost income for many. OnlyFans has also failed to address existing issues, such as the discrimination its creators face on other platforms, which limits their ability to self-promote. While sex workers do not account for the whole of OnlyFans’ creator base, they constitute a significant presence on the platform and notably played a meaningful role in launching the platform into the public consciousness. Unfortunately, due to societal stigma, they are also a uniquely vulnerable population--and this stigma is further compounded for BIPOC and trans workers, who are disproportionately impacted by policies that hinder their ability to work. We believe that as long as OnlyFans continues to profit off the labor of these creators, the company also has a responsibility to protect them and to craft its policies in ways that do not disproportionately penalize, censor, or otherwise interfere with their ability to work and survive.
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  • Hazard Pay for Essential Parks Workers
    Our goal is equitable pay for frontline workers. Our fellow crew members are now unshakably aware that NYC Parks will refuse to do what's right if we remain quiet. Let’s not forget We didn’t get masks until three months into the pandemic. Or sanitizer. And we were furloughed for a mandatory week. We must speak up. We are ending this campaign at 20,000 signatures to stand as a reminder for parkies that we are here and we will not back down. We are ending this campaign at 20,000 signatures to remind NYC Parks that we have broad public support and worker solidarity on our side – and we're only just getting started. Solidarity forever.
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  • Cheesecake Factory: Allen deserves his job back
    We spend more time in the restaurant than we do in our own homes with our families and we love and take pride in what we do. For a lot of us restaurant workers, this is a profession, a career and a way of life that can not only support our families, but also pays our bills and maintains quality of life. We understand that the restaurant industry can be difficult, stressful and exhausting, but we look to our managers for guidance when that happens. A manager should protect and respect the staff, follow the guidelines and hold themselves to the same standards. A manager should never yell at a worker in front of guests and other staff members for any reason. As employees, it is our RIGHT under the National Labor Relations Act to speak out at the workplace with our co-workers. It is against federal labor law for an employer to retaliate for voicing workplace concerns. We deserve a fair trial. This is our opportunity to change the restaurant culture not only within The Cheesecake Factory but to also set a higher standard for restaurants across the country. By signing this petition to support Allen, he will have the opportunity to stay safe, support his family and put food back on the table. We ask for your support by signing this petition, sharing this with friends and joining our fight for what is right!
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  • Hazard Pay for Planet Fitness Employees!!
    Per Planet Fitness policy, face masks have to be worn at all time covering mouth and nose while in our gyms. This is done to ensure the safety of our members and staff. As employees we have to address this policy if we see someone not properly wearing a mask while walking around the gym. That is not easy to do when we are being yelled at, thrown slurs, and called all kinds of horrible names in the process. Employees are the ones who have to clean up after members who come to the gym, we sanitize our clubs to ensure it is safe enough for our members to work out, we clean the restrooms, throw away hazardous trash and come into contact with all kinds of people throughout our shifts. All of these interactions put us in danger of coming into contact with respiratory droplets that could be infected with COVID-19. Many of us do not get paid a livable wage, we do not get paid enough to pay for healthcare and to afford medical costs if we were to contract this virus, many of us have health conditions that put us at a higher risk of dying from this virus. It is not fair that we risk our livelihood everyday to make sure members can come to a clean sanitized gym and release respiratory droplets because they didn't want to wear a mask and still not be compensated. All we get is a letter explaining how "thankful" and "grateful" our higher ups are for having us work and keeping our clubs clean. You can thank us by giving us hazard pay for exposing ourselves in the middle of a pandemic! Many people do not follow the policy and have given myself and my co-workers at Grand Prairie a hard time for enforcing this policy. We are just trying to do our jobs! Unfortunately, we do not have the luxury of waiting out this virus at home. We have to work to make ends meet even if that means risking our lives. As working class people we do not have a choice. But that does not mean we should have to put up with being verbally harassed and having our mental health be affected. The least Planet Fitness can do is pay us to work under these kinds of conditions. Our safety and health matters just as much as the members who come into our gyms. We do all of this for your members and for your company, you owe it to us Chris Rondaeu (CEO) , Bobbi Brant (Vice President of Human Resources), and Jeff Helfgott (COO) ! Give us the Hazard pay we should have gotten months ago. We deserve a livable wage. Sincerely, Marisol A.
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  • Offer Hazard Pay (or Pay Increase) and Mental Health Awareness
    During this time, mental health is essential to those who are feeling distress during the pandemic. We feel that workers need to be taken care of and their mental health is important as well as their physical health.
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  • PSA teachers should have the option to teach entirely online.
    Putnam Science Academy has publicly and consistently stated that the safety of its students and staff is its highest priority. Doubtless, the risk of transmission of COVID 19 is greatly increased by inviting students back into the classroom. It is therefore prudent to ask if anything is gained by this decision. Due to the unique challenges of instructing a student body which is divided between those present on campus and those attending classes remotely, it is unfortunately concluded that the answer is often, “No.” Regrettably, many classes simply do not benefit from the addition of in-person meetings. Since teachers are responsible for teaching online students in tandem with students in the classroom, they must often resort to using remote-learning techniques with all students simultaneously, regardless of their physical presence or absence in the classroom. Several teachers have found it necessary to conduct most or all of their classes through Zoom, even with the students present in the classroom. The result is instruction equivalent to online learning, with the only substantive difference being the greatly increased risk of the transmission of COVID 19. Let us be clear: this increased risk is not negligible. Within the very first days of in-person learning, when classroom policies were fresh in everybody's mind and enthusiasm was presumably at its zenith, students repeatedly removed their masks or failed to wear them correctly, ignored social distancing mandates, and congregated at choke points and foyers. The added stress this causes the teachers responsible for student safety (and, indeed, for their own safety) only exacerbates the myriad difficulties of managing a split online/in-person classroom. Having concluded that student instruction is often identical to that which they would receive online, and that student presence in the classroom increases the risk to both students and staff, it must be asked: should in-person classes be a mandatory policy? No. Not when there is a perfectly feasible alternative available. Rather than opting to strictly enforce a policy which offers high risk often without reward, teachers should be empowered to choose for themselves whether or not in-person classes are practical or profitable. If a teacher feels they or their students are experiencing an unnecessary risk, they should be given the option to teach online classes. These classes can follow the agreed-upon schedule, and could in every respect adhere to the guidelines for class times presented in the student handbook. This would not interfere with those classes or teachers who feel that in-person instruction is indispensable, and any teacher who wished to continue in-person or mixed in-person/online teaching would be able to do so. Desiring to teach online does not indicate a lack of enthusiasm for teaching, a lack of devotion to student progress, or a contrarian attitude towards the administration. It is evidence only that the teachers genuinely believe that they can best serve the students, and best keep them safe, by providing online instruction.
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