• The People Say: Do Better, Penn
    As prospective Penn students, we stand in solidarity with our fellow students who attend the School District of Philadelphia and declare that every student deserves an education. We know the University does not pay property taxes despite owning 10% of all the land in Philadelphia, and we call on the administration to contribute Payments in Lieu of Taxes. The current “services in lieu of taxes” are inadequate and do not help solve the crisis of secular underfunding when lead and asbestos from crumbling structures poison children, when students lack access to full-time nurses, and when students have little hope to learn and grow in overcrowded classrooms stocked with outdated textbooks. As prospective Penn students, we know that this campus cannot operate without its workers. Even one hour of Quaker Days programming could not exist without the hard work of the campus staff. This work is not properly recognized or compensated. We demand that the University be responsible in ensuring that all workers, subcontracted or not, receive a livable wage and comprehensive health benefits. As prospective Penn students, we demand that the University align its investments with the values it claims to uphold and stop investing in the fossil fuel industry—an industry that spreads false science, contributes to climate change, buys politicians, and takes advantage of marginalized communities, including those enmeshed with Penn in West Philadelphia and along the Schuylkill River. The University of Pennsylvania should divest its endowment from the fossil fuel industry and reinvest in clean energy and just climate solutions. The University’s commitment to climate solutions can only be taken seriously when it addresses its largest source of carbon emissions: its investments. Whereas, Penn provides opportunities for symbolic aid to the public schools of Philadelphia, and we recognize the insufficiency of these forms in the gentrifying Penn Alexander School, in the bussing of untrained undergraduate and graduate students to tutor after-school students who lack basic necessities during the school day, and in anything short of capital support in the form of PILOTs. Whereas, Penn offers educational and fair wages to some, yet it knowingly subcontracts to third parties so as to pay poverty wages and poverty benefits to the workers who make the campus run. Penn must treat its employees with respect in its workplaces and its payrolls. Whereas, Penn’s Climate Action Plan, green space, assorted LEED certifications, recycling bins, and individual reforms are vain so long as it refuses to recognize and resolve the largest chunk of its carbon footprint: investments in fossil fuels. We, the undersigned, ask the University to adhere to our demands and thereby cohere with its motto, “leges sine moribus vanae”—laws without morals are meaningless.
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  • We Support a Just & Healthy Workplace at WE ACT for Environmental Justice
    Next to members and residents, staff are the organization's most important asset and the key way the organization fulfills its mission. Like non-profit workers everywhere, we are committed to serving this mission, whether on the streets of Harlem or the halls of government, with great pride. But our current working environment is needlessly unsustainable. It is leading to high turnover and poor staff health, and impacting our programs and partnerships. As a staff made up of predominantly women, people of color, low-income, and residents of Northern Manhattan, we draw inspiration from our co-founders bold action on the West Side Highway in 1988. Their courageous example demonstrates that taking a stand for justice can sometimes be uncomfortable, but it is always the right thing to do. Through a union, we are reaffirming our commitment to WE ACT's mission. Together with management, we will find solutions to common challenges and reinvest in the organization's long-term success. More and more non-profit organizations are recognizing the value that a unionized workforce offers -- and we are confident that WE ACT will join this growing list soon. After all, New York City is a "Union Town." In view of our present climate crisis and the continued exclusion of low-income people of color from important political and environmental decisions, our members, supporters, and communities everywhere deserve only the best and strongest WE ACT we can build. WE are WE ACT and THIS is environmental justice!
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  • Let us have piercings & tattoos!
    This is important if Publix wants to keep its associates happy and maintain its spot as one of the best companies to work for.
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  • Don't Let Law Firms Hide Harassment and Discrimination
    We believe these contracts are harmful because they shift claims related to mistreatment at work, such as discrimination, sexual harassment, or denials of family leave, out of court and into secretive proceedings that often unfairly favor the employer. Students who are expected to sign these agreements may have no notice of these policies until after they have accepted their offers. As a result, they have no meaningful power to negotiate these terms or seek alternative employment. NALP is uniquely positioned to gather and distribute this information to law students. We hope that NALP will use its influence to collect and disseminate this information, which is critical to us as we make important decisions about our futures. Specifically, we urge NALP to adopt the following questions: 1: Does your firm require any employees (including summer associates, first-year associates, paralegals, or other non-lawyer staff) to sign a mandatory arbitration contract, regarding certain or any types of disputes, as a condition of employment? 2: If yes, does this mandatory arbitration agreement include a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement which encompasses workplace misconduct? As the dominant organization in legal recruiting and career development, NALP’s leadership in this matter can effect meaningful change because it will empower students to make career choices that align more closely with their values. Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on this issue.
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  • Stop using my tip as money guaranteed
    Because they don't offer any help with car repairs and only give a 1 dollar for gas per order, even if it is 12 miles away. It's not fair. I'm doing all the work and they get to use my own tip money for their guaranteed pay.
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  • Let Starbuck employees wear acrylics/ paint nails
    This is important because I have spoken to many partners who feel the same way and haven’t been able to voice their feelings. It is a form of self expression and the rule has prevented many people from wanting working there. In 2019, society has very much advocated for self expression and Starbucks has good values already, but allowing this would further more support that.
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    Created by Julia Roegiers
  • Stop WCCUSD Graduate Tutor Cuts!
    Graduate Tutors work closely with English Learner and Newcomer students — students who have recently arrived in the United States from another country. Cutting Graduate Tutor jobs would have a devastating impact on individual student achievement and would eliminate one of the only safety nets this demographic, and the other students who receive additional academic support from Graduate Tutors can consistently rely on for individualized, small group support. One thing is very clear: Without graduate tutors, students, parents, teachers — everyone loses. ¿Porque es importante? Los tutores graduados trabajan en estrecha colaboración con estudiantes de inglés, estudiantes nuevas a la comunidad, y estudiantes que han llegado recientemente a los Estados Unidos desde otro país. Recortar trabajos de tutores graduados tendría un impacto devastador en el rendimiento individual de los estudiantes y eliminaría una de las únicas redes de seguridad de este grupo demográfico, y otros estudiantes que reciben apoyo académico adicional de los tutores graduados que hoy en día pueden contar con el apoyo individualizado en grupos pequeños. Una cosa está muy clara: sin tutores graduados, estudiantes, padres, maestros: todos pierden.
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  • Support PSAV Riggers
    PSAV is a company that runs the audio-visual services at hotels and other venues across the country. In the Washington, DC area, they make sure guests can conduct their presentations at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center, the Marriott Marquis, and the Trump International Hotel, among many others. Recently, PSAV’s rigging employees in DC, who do the hard and often dangerous work of building truss and structures for presentations at the hotels and convention centers, decided to join together in union and be represented by IATSE Local 22. At every turn PSAV has objected to their union, even going as far as to attempt to halt their lawful National Labor Relations Board election. Joining together with your co-workers to organize a union is a fundamental right recognized in U.S. labor law. It’s even affirmed in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Tell PSAV to STOP interfering with workers’ rights, and to recognize the employees’ decision to speak up together. PSAV must negotiate a fair contract that raises workers’ wages, provides health care and other essential benefits, and protects their safety. The conference industry is an important part of our city’s economy. We want to be sure that when people visit our city, they see the best we have to offer, with skilled workers building safe structures for all events at our hotels. Tell PSAV to do the right thing and support their workers’ desire to come together.
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  • Waffle House Servers Allowed to have faux nails with color and design
    It’s important because we get to still be ourselves while working we get great compliments and we keep ourselves up I’m gonna continue to be a black girl who rocks and a server that rocks.
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  • Walmart: Stop Hurting People with Disabilities
    My name is Kathleen Hendricks, I have spina bifida and hydrocephalus, and I’ve worked at Walmart in Texas for 19 years as a greeter. Last year, Walmart raised the lifting requirements for greeter positions and told me I wouldn’t be able to greet anymore. After a series of requests to be moved into a different position, I was finally reassigned to the fitting room where I answered phones, helped customers, and processed returns. After a few months, Walmart started cutting my hours. Eventually, my manager stopped putting me on the schedule altogether because I can’t climb a ladder with my wheelchair. I loved my job at Walmart. I don’t know what I’m going to do to find another one after almost two decades. It feels like Walmart doesn’t want me – or any other employees with disabilities –at the store anymore. Unfortunately, my story is not unique. This is happening to associates with disabilities like me all across the country — we’re being pushed out of our jobs. Join me and sign this petition.
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  • Waffle House facial hair
    This is important to some men because some does not like to be clean shaven or have only a mustache facial hair should be our right as Americans in the work place as long as it is neatly taken care of this issue has been a problem for years just no one has stepped up to speak out
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  • Darden: We need 2 weeks notice of our schedule, not 4 days.
    Some cities and states have already passed legislation requiring large food and retail corporations to have better scheduling practices. The main parts of these laws are: -Advanced notice of our schedules -Additional compensation for when our schedules get changed after they’re posted -The right to have input in our schedules for better flexibility -Access to more hours for those that want them -The right to rest between closing and opening shifts Where these laws exist, Darden is already following them! With these laws, shift swaps between employees and requests made by employees would still work the way they do now, and Darden already has software that lets us do this. There’s no reason they can’t follow these basic things to give us more stability and flexibility to live our lives, whether that’s taking care of kids, going to college, or anything else. Please sign the petition to demand that Darden implement secure schedules in ALL of their restaurants!
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