• Build a Better, Better Brandon
    This petition serves to bring concerns of many employees to the attention of the Board, and calls for direct action to be taken to allow the Brandon School & Residential Treatment Center to excel and better serve & support our clients. Members of senior leadership frequently express that Brandon is in a tough spot financially, and thus our resources have been limited. This message has been passed down through all levels, from top to bottom. As a non-profit, Brandon should be prioritizing the treatment of its clients above all, while also ensuring all of its employees are fairly compensated. Our most essential employees, residential counselors and teachers aides, the individuals that interact the most with our boys, are paid only $18/hour, $19 if they are MAP certified, which comes with more responsibilities.  Without our direct care employees, the work we aim to do at Brandon would be impossible. While the same could be said for our senior leadership, the nature of direct care work varies greatly from that of our senior leaders. The work of our direct care staff can be emotionally and physically demanding, not to mention both the secondary trauma and primary trauma they experience almost daily. While many of our direct care workers have no choice but to work second or even third jobs to afford the cost of living, the members of our senior leadership are being compensated anywhere from $150,000 per year ($72/hour) to $270,000 per year ($130/hour), based on 2022’s public records.  It is also worth noting that up until March of 2022, Brandon employed a Chief Treatment Officer, who’s salary was last recorded as $165,000 per year. To date, this position has not been filled; whether the position was dissolved when the last CTO moved on, or if it has not been able to be filled is left to be answered. If dissolved, this is approximately $165,000 per year, as of March ‘22, that could be put back into the program. Our residential counselors and teachers aides, along with our shift leads, program managers, campus supervisors, and support staff are on the front lines everyday, providing the most direct care to the youth we serve. These staff face many difficulties in their work everyday, verbal and physical assaults, lack of meaningful support from management, and yet they continue to come back everyday. These staff should be fairly compensated, and to think that they could pursue a job at nearly any fast food chain, and make the same hourly, if not more, for far less of a physically and emotionally taxing job, is disreputable. By undergoing these action steps, the members of our board will be forging the path to a more successful Brandon for years to come. Brandon employees take pride in their work, and strive everyday to help this organization be the best it can be and truly fulfill its mission statement and goals: “Brandon is a righteous and mission-driven organization upholding a commitment to place the best interest of each child at the center of the care and treatment he receives. We espouse the following concepts and core values… • Emphasize individual growth while promoting positive social attitudes. • Provide the highest quality residential, educational, and treatment services. • Utilize the expertise and talents of all staff and foster professional growth • Efficiently manage program resources while holding each other accountable for managing our own responsibilities. • Instill a sense of pride in the Brandon community. • Create a diverse environment which is safe, respectful, nurturing, supportive, tolerant and positive for all. We strongly believe that if we continue working together, and speaking up for what is right, we can continue to bring about positive change not only for our present clients, but for all future clients Brandon is to serve, as well as employees, stakeholders, community members, families of clients and all who have personal/professional investment in Brandon.
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  • Desert Arc. Helping Those Who Help Others Make A Living Wage
    Many people know someone or are closely related to somebody who has special needs. Desert Arc is a pillar of the community representing these mentally disabled individuals, heavily relying on support and fundraising from everyday citizens in the Coachella Valley. Yet, with an intake of 50 million in revenue (site: Zippia.com), we the workers , who are hands on, make an average of $18 per hour. The CEO and those above us, when asked, cannot give a specific accounting for where the money is distributed. Our mileage reimbursement (which has been in place for at least 8 years) is now being taken away, in addition to employees now making less than than those working at fast food restaurants, yet we are responsible for human lives.
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  • Fairer shift patterns for Grade 2/3’s
    These members of staff are the future of the company, and management need to remember that grade 2 & 3 employees do have families at home, and social life’s of their own and start treating them with a little more respect. As I write this today I can almost guarantee there isn’t a current grade 2 or 3 that hasn’t been affected at home whether due to arguments with partners, losing contact with friends, or lack of time spent with their kids. We respect massively what the current long serving CORE employees have given to this company. And I believe they are with us when it comes to wanting a fairer, more structured shift pattern for all grade 2’s and 3’s.
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    Macy's in Tacoma has been a long standing institution that employs many. We have recently found out that our store may be closing in the near future. Over 100 Macy’s workers at the Tacoma Mall location including the Furniture Gallery have been bargaining for a fair contract since January. Please support us as we attempt to bargain for dignity and respect during this difficult time.
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  • Natural Grocers: Uphold Your Commitments to Crew and Community!
    We believe that these firings and targeting of employees, the affects these have on the wider community, and the steps Natural Grocers has taken to impede the rights of their workers to organize are in violation of the company’s proclaimed commitments to crew and community. Community is formed through relationships. Customers and crew have formed meaningful relationships over the years and those relationships can better inform company policies to better serve customers. This is a COMMUNITY CALL to UPHOLD Margaret Isley’s five founding principles (see more here: https://www.naturalgrocers.com/our-five-founding-principles) by respecting workers’ rights or organize and embracing the desired feedback structure of workers. We understand that COMMITMENTS require ACCOUNTABILITY, and evidence has shown us that the path to that accountability is a union for Natural Grocers workers. We do believe that the founders of Natural Grocers and the current leadership do genuinely care. We do believe that, unlike a company like Amazon, Natural Grocers could take the feedback of this petition and address our concerns. We hope they will not disappoint us. Community Member Testimony “The warmth and genuine conversations that I have with all of the crew is why I love shopping there, and I want them to feel just as comfortable and supported. It is really distressing to me that a store that I love, value, and respect is causing its employees to feel unsafe about asking for better working conditions, pay, and benefits. I hope that through incorporating the feedback of their employees, Natural Grocers can become an even healthier environment holistically because they value everyone who keeps the store flourishing.” Crew Member Testimony “I have been an employee at the Natural Grocers in Norman, Oklahoma, store #48, for over 8 years. I work very hard to connect intentionally with each customer I encounter and to find them what they need. I have brilliant and kind coworkers and former coworkers whom I have witnessed do the same. I have seen our store act as a community center in many ways. Whenever I go out in Norman, I almost always run into one of my regular customers and they greet me. I have watched children grow up in our store. My apron is filled with buttons and pins, many of them gifts from customers and others in my community. To this day, this is my favorite job I have ever had. But I am sad to say that the company and my little store are rapidly changing, and not for the better. I want a union because I do care deeply for my coworkers, my store, my community, and the future of the company. I believe that a union would provide a more accessible feedback and representation system for workers and that this would enable the company to better uphold their principals and goals.”
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  • Goodness can only grow in a fair work environment
    Supporting a coworker's petition can be intimidating, but it’s often the only path to workplace change. With more and more employees supporting a campaign, an employer’s ability to deny the demands of the petition becomes more difficult. Firing an employee covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) for signing a petition to improve workplace conditions is illegal under section 8(a) (3) NLRA. The NLRA provides that an employer “may not, by reason of reason, terminate an employee or take any other disciplinary action against the employee for the exercise of the employee’s legal right to improve the conditions of the workplace.”
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  • Addressing Critical Payroll Issues At Telus
    The ongoing payroll issues at Telus are not merely administrative glitches; they are eroding the fundamental trust between the company's management and its dedicated employees. Week after week, the frustration intensifies as affected employees grapple with the fallout of negative paychecks, underpayments, and persistent broken promises. This issue is crucial because it extends beyond financial discrepancies – it's about the erosion of morale and confidence within the workforce. The toll on employees' trust is reaching a critical point, impacting their overall job satisfaction and commitment to the company. The importance of resolving these payroll issues promptly cannot be overstated; failure to do so risks a significant decline in employee morale, productivity, and the overall health of the employer-employee relationship.
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  • Global Citizens For Justice Against TikTok: We Stand With Nnete Matima
    Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work! ✨Privacy: * Signers’ names are not publicly visible. * Your first name and last initial will only be visible IF you post a public comment. * For privacy, it is advised to NOT enter your work email when signing.
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  • Solidarity with Entertainment Workers
    Working in Hollywood may seem like a glamorous life with fancy movie premiers, big fame and even bigger paychecks. But for many in the industry this is far from reality. The majority of working actors, voice actors and others on your favorite movies and shows are getting paid so little to perform that they struggle to pay for basic necessities. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ dominate the entertainment industry and these new business models push out actors who just want to make a living. With “traditional” entertainment media like cable, actors would continue to receive significant payout from shows and movies they’ve been in that play as reruns – these are known in the industry as “residuals.” But with the advent of streaming services, residual pay has dwindled so much that even actors on some of the most internationally acclaimed shows are unable to live a normal life. An actor from Netflix’s Emmy-Award winning show Orange is the New Black shared on social media that she earned only $27.00 in residuals from the show. Streaming has also meant shorter seasons of television shows, and longer breaks in between seasons making it difficult for actors and entertainers to have steady income. At any given time, unemployment among professional entertainers is around 90%. Just like striking writers, actors are fighting back against new technologies like AI that threaten to manipulate their image, including giving studios access to their “digital likeness” that could be used without their consent – and without compensation – forever. With the writers and actors on strike for the first time in decades, this is a flash point for the entertainment industry. As fans and workers ourselves, it’s important we stand up for the artists whose work we love. Sign the petition to stand in solidarity with the SAG-AFTRA union members and demand that production companies come to a fair agreement. Sources: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-10213-0 https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/kimiko-glenn-pay https://www.theverge.com/2023/7/13/23794224/sag-aftra-actors-strike-ai-image-rights
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  • Justice for Insomnia Cookies Workers
    It is unfair for employers to flagrantly ignore labor laws and best practices, at the expense of workers who just want to support their families. Even if you don't work at Insomnia Cookies, you're still vulnerable to this kind of abuse in the workplace. If we stand in solidarity we can show all of our bosses how strong we are together. Please consider signing in support of our demands
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  • Support Mom's Siam Workers
    The workers of Mom's are striving to create a better work environment but have been summarily ignored by the owners. Our staff has created a letter and has been attempting to organize a meeting, but attempts have been stonewalled from ownership. We are asking for your support for a good-faith meeting between ourselves and Sukanya, where we can bring our issues to the table.
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  • Stand with the Writers Guild of America
    With streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ growing in popularity, the television production industry has seen huge growth over the past decade – but compensation for writers hasn’t kept up. Some writers are saying it’s become difficult to sustain a career as a writer in Hollywood and even harder for junior writers to break into the industry. But the strike of more than 11,000 WGA members is about more than just fair pay. They’re fighting back against a system full of exploitation and increasingly tough working conditions. Specifically they want better residual pay – or royalties for reruns. Before streaming services existed, writers would be paid a percentage of revenue every time their work was shown on television. Streaming has made it so writers don’t receive this pay since users can watch these platforms whenever they want and don’t need to wait for a rerun. Writers are also fighting back against a new threat: the use of AI-powered tools like ChatGPT in writers rooms. Union members don’t want studios to dismiss a writer's contributions – and thus their compensation – by only crediting AI as the author of scripts or as source material. The strike means that all tv production in Hollywood has come to a grinding halt – this has serious implications for the entire industry if the worker’s demands aren’t met. Our favorite shows, including live late night comedy shows, have already stopped production. As fans of their work, we are a crucial part of this moment – it’s important we support the writer’s who create the content we love to watch. Sign the petition to stand in solidarity with the WGA union members and demand that production companies come to a fair agreement.
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