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To: Top Retail CEOs

All stores should close and pay employees impacted by extreme weather

My name is Amber and I’m a Starbucks Barista in Chicago, Illinois. When the polar vortex hit, my coworkers raised concerns about getting to work safely. Our store closed thankfully but we went without pay. Rent, groceries, and gas costs don’t go away – no matter how cold it gets!

Big corporations like Starbucks can afford to pay us when they shut down stores because of the weather. Our CEO still gets paid when it snows, why can’t the rest of the employees get paid too?

We’re already underpaid for the work we do. Worrying about weather-related closures of our stores – and not being paid for the shifts we miss – adds more stress while we already live paycheck to paycheck. Many people like me have been forced to face unhealthy and unsafe weather conditions to get to work, use our sick-time if it is impossible to get there, or miss out on pay when our stores are closed.

The cold front that has moved through the Midwest has had a dramatic economic impact on our communities. No one has felt that impact more than the people on the front lines at some of the largest corporations like Starbucks, Walmart, Amazon, and Target. While the cold continues to move through our area, we are missing out on days and in some cases a full week of pay.

After other natural disasters around the country, like hurricanes or floods, Starbucks and other big employers have provided some disaster relief pay to employees.

We're calling on our corporations to:

1) Close in unsafe weather conditions – especially when a state of emergency has been declared.

2) Publicly commit to pay regularly scheduled hourly employees when businesses close.

3) Provide retroactive pay and reimbursement of sick time used by employees who have missed out on shifts during the state of emergency

Why is this important?

We need a fair workweek so that when shifts get cancelled last minute we still have hours we can count on. That’s why we’re calling on some of the wealthiest corporations in our country like Starbucks, Walmart, Amazon and Target to provide disaster relief pay for employees who have had to miss work this week due to the cold.

Our bills don’t stop just because it gets cold!



2019-02-15 08:24:43 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2019-02-13 18:20:02 -0500

500 signatures reached

2019-02-06 11:59:57 -0500

100 signatures reached

2019-02-04 21:51:13 -0500

50 signatures reached

2019-02-02 11:56:16 -0500

25 signatures reached

2019-02-02 08:21:32 -0500

10 signatures reached