• AMC is a large company with revenue to AFFORD to PAY EVERY INDIVIDUAL employee O/T H/P sick leave
    We do the same, if not more, than management. So how are they paid time and a half on holidays while other AMC employees don't receive holiday pay? They've told me they're not required to by law. I looked into it myself and found out that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempts us (hourly crew) from its overtime requirements “any employee employed by an establishment which is a motion picture theater.” 29 U.S.C. §213(b)(27). The FLSA was enacted in 1936. Movie theaters have drastically change since then -- so have the job requirements and daily job duties of movie theater employees. For example, not all movie theaters only show movies anymore -- they have full service dine-in restaurants that still serve food whether or not you buy a movie ticket. I believe that the movie theater exemption should be taken out of the FLSA in order to truly protect the everyday employee, but even so, that doesn't mean that AMC can't provide greater benefits for its hourly employees right now. I believe companies such as AMC, who make well over a billion dollars in revenue a year (5 billion reported in 2016), can afford to pay the new era of movie theater employees overtime, as well as holiday and sick leave like salaried employees already receive.
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  • Uber & Lyft: Reverse the Rate Cut
    More and more drivers are living in their cars. Unable to afford housing based off earnings as a driver, or unable to travel the distance home. More and more drivers are spending less time with their families, seeing their children, or taking care of themselves, because they cannot afford to turn their app off. What once was a reliable way to make income has become a cycle of driving as many hours as possible to barely scrape by. As Uber and Lyft prepare to go public this year with IPO offerings, they are doing everything in their power to show the profitability of their business. And they are doing this by taking more and more money from their drivers. Uber just reached a new low - cutting drivers’ mileage rates from $0.99/mile to $0.68/mile. Not only did Uber decrease the overall mileage rate, they changed the way drivers receive surge pricing - which is an incentive pay that drivers rely on to make a living. Prior to the change, surge pricing was based on a multiplier of the total trip (i.e 1.8x surge would earn the driver an additional 80% on the overall trip). The current change in surge pricing places a flat dollar rate such as $2.50, with a note that claims “you may earn even more than this amount on longer rides.” The key wording here is “may.” Driver experience has shown us that while some trips have added additional surge, others have not. Uber’s lack of transparency on how they formulate and determine surge payouts leaves drivers guessing what their fare will be. Gig Workers Rising is taking action against Uber and Lyft’s unyielding greed. Reverse the rate cuts and give drivers a voice! Join us by taking action and signing our petition.
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  • Allow budtenders to continue to express themselves and challenge the norm of professionalism!
    As we reach a time where more radical ideas are being embraced, it begs the question why anyone's appearance (as long as health and safety are considered) would affect the quality of work they are capable of providing? It has been proven at a number of successful businesses like Google and Apple that allowing people to present themselves in a way that is comfortable to them actually improves retention of employees and produces an environment that feels open to creativity, collaboration, and trust. Most importantly, hair color, makeup, nail art, colorful accessories, and clothes have been a huge part of black, brown and queer culture. So what is it that we're saying about these people's work ethic and abilities? Why must we go so far to hinder expression? I find it odd for a company that uses the very gentrified logo of a lotus flower which often represents life, beauty, and passion to not let their employees stand out and represent their diversity. In the history of cannabis, we have seen how black and brown people in particular are negatively affected by heavy policing. One of the easiest ways of fighting against oppressive behavior is to allow workers to stand out like a lotus flower against the murky waters of monotony we often see in the work force. Though weed has a long and rich history, the industry surrounding it is anything but old-fashioned and should not be represented as such. In fact, the industry thrives because of people's constant innovations and ability to bring diversity to a plant that helps many groups. If we can agree that there is power in providing guests a choice in the way they medicate and treating them as an individual instead of just a patient, it makes sense to also give workers the power to be able to show up as an image of themselves (so long as it doesn't also impede on the health and safety of the work space). We are medicinal, we are not doctors nor pharmacists and shouldn't be forced to present ourselves as such. When we work in an environment where we acknowledge there is more than just pills as a health option, it would be ignorant of us to present ourselves as though there is only one way to be professional.
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  • $15 One Fair Minimum Wage for MSP Workers
    The workers at MSP, the cleaners, cashiers, servers, cart drivers and more, that make the airport function every day make as little as $10.65. Glen Brown, a wheelchair assistance driver for Delta sub-contractor G2 for three years and a member of SEIU Local 26 said "I live in St. Paul with my wife and kids, so I've seen the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis win the $15 minimum wage for workers in those cities. Why not here at the airport? We deserve the same pay and respect as workers in cities that border the airport!" For Feben Ghilagaber, a UNITE HERE Local 17 member who has worked at the airport for 13 years, $15 is important because "many of my co-workers are parents working 2 jobs. We believe at an airport as wealthy as MSP that one job should be enough!" Thousands of workers would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $15 at the airport, which would pump close to $13 million into the Twin Cities economy through wage increases! Right now, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) is considering raising the airport minimum wage to $15 One Fair Wage! Please sign this petition to let the MAC know that you support them raising the airport minimum wage to $15 One Fair Wage! Brought to you by: SEIU Local 26, UNITE HERE Local 17 and the Minnesota Airport Workers Council
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  • No Work for Amazon New York
    On November 12, Amazon announced its intention to create a new headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Amazon’s decision to expand its offices in New York was the result of a private deal made between three powerful men—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio—a deal that will include roughly $3 billion in public subsidies to bring Amazon’s HQ2 to New York City.[1] Meanwhile New York's subway system, schools, and other public services are already overburdened to the point of collapse. If Amazon comes to Long Island City, we can only expect things to get worse. It has been projected that their effect on the housing market will push 800 more New Yorkers into homelessness.[2] And with Amazon maintaining its role as a key contractor for ICE [3]—despite widespread employee protests—Amazon’s presence in Queens is a slap in the face to its largely immigrant community. To protect their homes, to protect their families, and to protect their livelihoods, that community has already been speaking out and loudly saying “No Amazon NYC.” As tech workers living in New York, this is our community as well, and we stand in solidarity against Amazon. As tech workers outside of New York, we recognize Amazon’s destructive power and want no part of it. Amazon, one of the world’s three most valuable companies,[4] doesn’t need handouts from New Yorkers to come to Queens. If this was only about the money they were being given, they would have accepted one of the larger offers from other cities in their race-to-the-bottom HQ2 bidding war.[5] What Amazon really needs is New York’s infrastructure, its proximity to finance, and access to its burgeoning tech sector. But most importantly Amazon needs us: highly skilled and trained tech workers. But we don’t want these jobs and we don’t want Amazon. We know how Amazon treats its workers from the corporate office, to the warehouse line, to the last mile—it is abusive, indifferent, and exploitative from top to bottom.[6][7][8] We know Amazon will subcontract a large portion of its workforce, providing a fraction of the pay and none of the benefits enjoyed by the projected 25,000 new white-collar hires.[9] We also saw Amazon create a housing crisis in Seattle and then wield their political power to shut down a publicly-supported tax attempting to ameliorate the situation.[10] We know that Amazon doesn’t pay its fair share in taxes.[11] And we are disgusted by Amazon’s support for ICE raids at home and military engagement abroad.[12][13] We are tech workers, and by signing this pledge, we say “No Work for Amazon New York.” If this deal is upheld, if Amazon expands in LIC against the wishes of New Yorkers, sweeping aside vulnerable communities and burdening its infrastructure—all while pocketing huge amounts of public funding that could be better spent—we promise to withhold our time and our skills in protest. We withhold our labor from Amazon LIC in solidarity with the working people of New York City: women and men; black, brown, and white; documented and undocumented; young and old; native New Yorkers and all the rest who've come to call New York their home. #NoAmazonNYC #NoWorkForAmazonNYC --- 1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/incentives-to-amazon-could-top-28-billion-in-nyc/2018/11/14/86ecfc8a-e85a-11e8-8449-1ff263609a31_story.html 2. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/amazon-hq2-could-push-800-people-into-homelessness-economist-says-2018-11-16 3. https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/8/18077292/amazon-rekognition-jeff-bezos-andrew-jassy-facial-recognition-ice-rights-violations 4. http://time.com/money/5386380/amazon-1-trillion-jeff-bezos-net-worth/ 5. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/leticiamiranda/amazon-hq2-finalist-cities-incentives-airport-lounge 6. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/technology/inside-amazon-wrestling-big-ideas-in-a-bruising-workplace.html 7. https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/life-and-death-amazon-temp/ 8. https://gizmodo.com/amazons-last-mile-1820451224 9. http://www.thestand.org/2017/04/security-officers-for-amazon-demand-fair-path-to-form-union/ 10. https://www.thenation.com/article/lessons-death-seattles-amazon-tax/ 11. https://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/amazon-earned-5-6b-in-2017-but-paid-no-federal-taxes 12. https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/8/18077292/amazon-rekognition-jeff-bezos-andrew-jassy-facial-recognition-ice-rights-violations 13. https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazon-turn-lockheed-martin-companys-move-crystal-city-says-future-192816946.html
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  • Bring back raises
    $10 an hour is hardly anything in this economy, especially for part-time employees trying to support their families. Teens working at McDonald's start off around $15.
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  • Modern Self Expression
    Times are changing and I believe Publix is far behind in certain terms. Revising the dresscode won't change the satisfaction of your customers, nor should it affect the quality of your business and products, with that in mind I think you should be taking another look at your dress code. Like I said before, in these modern times this type of self expression is VERY important to some people. There's no point anymore in drawing out the past, and conforming people to this poorly out-dated dress code. When someone refuses to change their hair/etc. for Publix you're thinking they must not want to work there badly, but the message you're truly sending is that unless you give up your individuality you cannot work for our company. If someone decides they want to do something different for themselves they should be able to with out fear of losing their jobs.
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  • Country Inn workers deserve severance pay
    A vast majority of the staff scrape by living check to check. Their sudden closure of Country Inn has left many workers, most with young children and families, with nothing for the upcoming holiday season. Most, if not all, these workers gave their all for JANCO for years and years only to be tossed aside 12 days before Thanksgiving. A lot, if not all, workers are facing a really difficult time through no fault of their own
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  • #ThePriceOfRetail for workers during the holidays
    For an industry that brings in $250 billion dollars in profits in NYS/NYC each year, there is plenty to go around and the successes of the industry should translate to greater flexibility and share of the profits by the workers. With your support, we can bring these issues to our city and state lawmakers and show employers that their consumer base wants them to do the right thing by their workers.
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  • Random job lost
    Lives we’re effected
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  • Employees deserve severance pay
    It's not right that the rich corporate just shut down businesses without warning and putting so many people without jobs. This is an issue that's been going on for so long and there has to be an end to this. It's before the holidays and people are out of work in a time where right now jobs are hard to find. While the corporate people are sitting comfortable cutting peoples' jobs, the people he cut out of jobs are worrying about how they're going to feed their families, pay their bills, live. Justice is due.
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  • Boycott REI: Wages & Hours Matter, We Matter!
    REI’s CEO, Jerry Stritzke, and the Board of Directors are well aware of our hardships, which we have voiced as loud as we can. Collectively, we have faced: homelessness, medical debt, having to rely on food stamps to feed ourselves, even selling our plasma so we can pay the rent, and living off of credit cards. REI’s leadership has known about our struggles for years, and yet they have no plans to make any meaningful investments in their dedicated retail workforce, also known as REI’s Green Vests.  Amazon, Whole Foods, and Target have committed to a $15/hour starting wage and the retail workers of #OptOutside are asking our co-op to do the same. On average we start at a little over $10/hour and in some regions under $10/hour. Help us hold REI accountable to the values it was founded on. BOYCOTT our beloved co-op until our leadership announces a $15/hour store-wide wage increase, more full-time opportunities for regular sales associates, and more hours for every retail worker, so we can all make ends meet. We would like to stress that a living wage increase alone is not sufficient. Payroll cutbacks have plagued our work culture and they would become more drastic. It is essential that our leadership commit to a scheduling policy that offers us more full-time opportunity, which would ensure that a broader number of store employees receive guaranteed health benefits and a retirement plan. It is also imperative that REI commits to giving its green vests more hours overall, because too many of us are scheduled so few hours that we are struggling to survive our jobs. Stand by REI’s extraordinary retail workforce. If thousands of REI members and outdoors lovers sign in support of this petition, it will make a difference. Your voices will be heard! REI will do right by us if this petition amasses thousands of supporters. Help us to continue doing what we love doing best — educating and outfitting you all for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Gift us a campfire story like no other. Wages matter, hours matter, we matter!
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