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workers rights

421 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Popeyes, José Cil, Matthew Dunnigan, Joshua Kobza, Duncan Fulton, Audrey Kreske, Communication

Popeyes, stop risking workers’ lives for your chicken!

If you’ve followed the news, you’ve seen the alarming number of coronavirus deaths disproportionately affecting communities of color. Nowhere was that more prevalent than in our nation’s meat industry, where such a stunning number of workers died that Latino civil rights groups called for meat boycotts. The League of United Latin American Citizens, Forward Latino, and others have called on all of us to give up meat in solidarity with those workers who are sick, suffering, and dying. Yet Popeyes refuses to join this important effort, denying customers plant-based options even while Burger King, Dunkin’, White Castle, and KFC (its biggest competitor) are already offering plant-based alternatives. And instead of asking the meatpacking industry to provide paid sick leave or to slow down slaughter speeds, Popeye's has remained silent and complicit. With over 2,400 locations, Popeyes is one of the largest fried chicken chains in the United States. And while other restaurants around the country are adapting to the climate of this pandemic, Popeyes is refusing to get on board… choosing to risk the lives of thousands of meat industry workers. At the same time, a growing number of communities are calling for more access to plant-based foods and better conditions for workers, particularly those communities most underserved. In fact, the growth of plant-based protein and meat alternatives is projected to increase from $4.6 billion to $85 billion in 2030. Popeye’s has a tremendous opportunity to catch up to its competitors by providing a plant-based chicken option and better working conditions in its supply chain. Sign this petition and tell Popeyes it’s time to get on board, and it’s time to help save lives.

Manny Rutinel
13,989 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Ohio House of Representatives, Ryan Smith, Ohio STRS Board of Directors, Carol Correthers

Respect Ohio's Retired Teachers, Restore Their Promised COLA

Teachers in Ohio were always promised a simple Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) upon retirement. It is only through a COLA that  retired teachers can keep up with inflation. Many of Ohio's teachers teach in rural areas and retire with very modest pensions. They rely heavily on their promised and earned COLA. The State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) and elected official have broken their promises to Ohio's retirees and have placed an unfair burden on Ohio's current teachers. ACTION ALERT:  A Grassroots effort is now underway to conduct a forensic audit of STRS Ohio. You can help by clicking this link and donating. If you are a friend of a teacher or an active teacher please scroll to the very bottom of the opened link. https://www.orta.org/donations  Currently, the COLA is suspended for all retired teachers indefinitely. STRS stated they will not review their actions until May of 2022. There isn't any promise the COLA for retired teachers will ever be reinstated again. The Ohio Legislature created the problem when they relinquished their control of the COLA to the STRS Board of Trustees. The Legislature gave the STRS Board of Trustees the authority to "adjust the COLA." The trustees however, eliminated the COLA. Taking away a promised benefit after teachers have retired is wrong and arguably in violation of Ohio law (see Article II, Section 28).  The Ohio State Teacher Retirement System (STRS) is not a broken system, far from it. STRS is in good financial condition having 80 billion dollars for investment purposes. In fact, STRS ended Fiscal Year 2019 being 76.1% funded which is above the national norm. STRS Ohio does well, consistently averaging over 8% returns on their investments over every 30 year rolling funding period. Additionally, STRS Ohio has a revenue stream.  They receive 14% from every active teacher's paycheck, which is the highest teacher employee contribution in the nation. Additionally, they receive a 14% match from each and every teacher's employer; thereby receiving a whopping 28% in contributions from every teacher's salary. STRS is so well off that they seemingly can afford to provide numerous large annual performance bonuses of over $100,000 plus to 37 members of their investment staff.  Eight individuals receive bonuses over $250,000 dollars, one over $330,000.  Performance bonuses alone total over 7 million dollars. This is in addition to their six-figure salaries. One individual's performance bonus alone could pay the average annual COLA for 330 of Ohio's retirees.   In the years 2013 through 2017, STRS took actions that drastically impacted Ohio's teachers. During these years STRS  first decreased the COLA for retired teachers and then froze the COLA for what will effectively amount to at least 8 years of COLA losses. STRS also sought to make active teachers work 5 additional years in order to receive a full pension. Ohio's Legislature allowed this happen so Ohio teachers will have to be at least 60 years of age and work at least 35 years for a full pension. Many of Ohio's teachers will have to work 38-39 years to meet the requirements for a full pension. As if this wasn't enough, STRS  sought action (which was granted by Ohio's Legislature) to withhold their COLA for their first 5 years of their retirement. No other state in the nation has such stringent requirements on their teachers.  If the STRS cannot grant Ohio's teachers a simple COLA upon retirement then all STRS salaries should be frozen and all STRS bonuses should be suspended until they can provide a COLA to retirees. Teachers and the public demand that STRS come up with a plan to restore our COLA. TEACHERS will only support legislators and STRS board members who value the profession of teaching! Note: If you are an Ohio teacher, or retired teacher, these groups have shown their  support, Ohio STRS Member Only Forum (found on Facebook), Ohio's Retired Teacher Association (ORTA), Ohio's American Association of University Professors, the Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) and their affiliates and the STRS Ohio Watchdogs. In addition, many of Ohio's retiree chapters have shown support.  If eligible, please consider joining and supporting these organizations.   

Dean Dennis
36,492 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Whole Foods Market, John Mackey, Jeff Bezos

Compensate Essential Workers

Since March, Jeff Bezos' net wealth has increased by nearly $50 billion. In the same time, WFM has doubled its market value. Meanwhile, WFM Team Members have had their hazard pay docked and are consistently receiving greater and more comprehensive responsibilities in the workplace. This unequitable arrangement leaves Team Members uncompensated for work that puts their physical and mental health on the line all while building profits for an out of touch CEO.  We demand compensation for our work during the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with WFM values. "We promote team member growth and happiness. Our success is dependent upon the collective energy, intelligence, and contributions of all of our Team Members. We design and provide safe and empowering environments where highly motivated people can flourish and reach their highest potential." Demanding exponentially more from team members while simultaneously removing hazard pay does not provide an empowering environment. Whole Foods IS dependant on the collective resources of Team Members: however, there is no action on the part of the company reflecting this. Team Members are struggling daily to reach the bare minimum let alone "their highest potential." "We create profits and prosperity. We are stewards for our parent company, Amazon, and we have a responsibility to use their capital wisely and frugally with the goal to increase its value over the long-term. We will grow at such a pace that our customer satisfaction, Team Member happiness, and financial health continue to flourish together." Any and all profits do not cycle back to stores. Since the removal of Gainsharing, the pace of growth has stifled Team Member happiness. There is no flourishing here other than that of the company as an entity. Profit making has come before all priorities.  If we cannot receive wages that meet the demands we as Team Members are put under, then WFM cannot expect Team Members to continue on with the status quo. Our concerns for our health are serious. Our demand for compensation shouldn't be ignored. We deserve a minimum of $2 hazard pay until COVID has diminished.  We are essential, not sacrificial. Pay us like your business depends on us.

Laura Swan
94,850 supporters