• Meritage Hospitality: Keep your staff safe
    When the COVID-19 pandemic started and restaurant dining rooms throughout town began to close for safety, Meritage Hospitality was the very last quick service restaurant (referred to as QSR from this point on) to close their dining room doors to the public. Less than one week after local restrictions were altered to allow for dining rooms to be open again Poplar Bluff Missouri’s location 5009 was reopened for dine in orders; requiring all crew to wear face masks and gloves but applied no restrictions to patrons of the restaurant. Steps have been taken to make the customers feel safe and slash the possibility of crew spreading any germs to them but the staff of the restaurant is put in danger constantly with the only protections in pace for them being a plastic barrier in front of the register which customers often will stand to the side of to better hear the cashier and refuse to maintain a 6 foot distance from the order taker. Meritage has jumped the gun by allowing people back in their restaurant putting all their employees in danger, blinded by the profit to be had by being among the only restaurants with open dining rooms. As of this petition being written on 8/10/2020 only 2 other QSR establishments have opened their doors to the public again; with no plans to open before December or even this year. Just over 4 weeks into the dining room being open store 5009 has already tested with a positive COVID-19 case. The confirmed cases for the county have been rapidly increasing every day for weeks with over 500 cases between 7/28 and 8/8 alone. Every day that the dining room remains open your employees are at higher and higher risk of becoming infected and passing it to family and friends. The response to the positive test has been the dining room closing for the remainder of the week before reopening on Monday 8/17. By closing the lobby for these few days Meritage is acknowledging the safety increase that restricting the public to the pick up window brings, but also shows how little they care for the well being of their staff by making it last only one week. One week for the employees to be safe. One week for the staff to not have to worry about passing COVID-19 to the ones they love, but Meritage only sees a week of reduced profit. No amount of money is worth strengthening the spread of an infectious disease through a community, especially not a Frosty. The only responsible response to a clear indication of unsafe working conditions with an open dining room should be to reinstate the restrictions that limit customers to the pick up window to limit direct contact with crew and patrons; the current precautions are nothing short of laughable in the face of a global pandemic.
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    Created by Wendy's Crew
  • Help US Citizens and US residents return home - Stuck in Peru and other countries
    We need to return to our country. US Citizens and US residents remain in Peru. Many are not in Lima and are in areas that are still under quarantine and need to travel to Lima to fly out. The US Embassy needs to help us. We are human beings that need medical care, need to be reunited with our families, our children are in the US and we are here. We need our US Government to help us.
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    Created by Cynthia Duffaut
  • UPS, FedEx and DHL Can Expand Mail-in-Voting
    Quite simply, we have a president who is trying to rig an election with a false narrative around mail-in-voting and defunding of the infrastructure the is needed for it. With COVID expanding uncontrolled throughout the United States, poll workers - the majority are over 60 and high-risk for COVID - will not be available to staff in-person voting. We risk terrible lines at polling locations, not to mention, further spread of the virus. Without mail-in-voting and the related logistics necessary to get ballots to & from voters, we simply will not be able to have free-and-fair elections in November. The voice of the people must be heard. Our democracy depends on it.
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    Created by Jason Briggs
  • Mayor Kenney: Give Sanitation Workers Proper PPE + Hazard Pay
    Their health and safety is essential and impacts the city of Philadelphia.
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    Created by M P
  • Ohio PUA Erroneous Fraud Resolution NOW
    On March 29, 2020, the state of Ohio shut down. The US Government passed the CARES act to ensure that US Citizens had a necessary financial lifeline to pay their bills in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The state of Ohio's unemployment system was grossly outdated and lacked the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the federal CARES act to supply Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to millions of Ohioans. As a result, there was a massive delay in providing assistance to those individuals and families who needed it the most. The tip waged, the contract employed, the freelance, gig-workers and the self-employed. These are some of Ohio's lowest paid workforce. The Ohio PUA system did not go live until May 12th, over a month after the shut down, a time when many fell egregiously behind on their bills and struggled to provide. They were assured that back pay would be given. On July 15, the ODJFS erroneously and maliciously flagged over 226,000 Ohioan's PUA claims as fraud, most of which are erroneous flags as these individuals did provide their proof of income, proof of identity and banking information upon filing and these claims were not approved until they did so. The Ohio Unemployment system was already exhaustively overwhelmed by the sheer number of claims which they are responsible to process. Now hundreds of thousands of workers and their families have had their only source of income taken from them without notice, without cause, and without explanation. Calls to the PUA hotline went unanswered as did calls to the adjudication centers. Individuals who did manage to reach a representative were given a plethora of flimsy excuses and outright lies as to what was going on. The reality is, they didn't know either and could offer no help whatsoever. The amount of misinformation provided by the agency was staggering. Calls and letters to the governor, the state representatives, and the news media went ignored for over a week. According to a recent interview with the news media, Kimberly Hall of the ODJFS finally addressed the situation and claimed that these 226,000 individuals are legitimate cases of fraud. She employed this excuse to justify not paying benefits to already struggling Ohio families in the midst of a global pandemic. There is no logical or conscionable reasoning for Ms. Hall's handling of this matter. There is no logical or conscionable reasoning for withholding benefits to individuals who have already submitted their information upon applying for assistance. Above all else, there is no logical or conscionable reasoning for the director of the ODJFS to be so concerned with fraud in the middle of a global pandemic as to go so far as to erroneously deny benefits to hundreds of thousands of Ohioans who are the most at risk for homelessness due to this crisis. With the abundance of resources available, to say that there was no other way to detect and address fraud in this system is not only irresponsible, but an immense dereliction of her duty to the people of Ohio to whom she is responsible for assisting. The reasons Ms. Hall has cited do not hold up. Her reasons were that individuals were having their personal bank accounts compromised, particularly online banking institutions and prepaid card systems. It is the responsibility of the individual and their financial institution to investigate fraudulent transactions to their personal bank accounts. It is the agency's duty to ensure those individuals are paid on time. Stopping the payments injures innocent citizens and does nothing to punish the criminals. Other reasons cited were failure to prove identity or income, to which each application could not be approved without, and if so, that responsibility falls on those who approved the claims without verifying the information from the start. The excuses are invalid, there is no justification in the world that the state of Ohio or the ODJFS can provide which can justify the course of action that they used to address this matter and their own incompetence. The already overburdened unemployment system cannot support the abundance of claims it currently has. We've spent 81 million on this failed system and now will require many more millions of dollars to adequately train and employ enough workers to facilitate the correction of Ms. Hall's incompetence. In the meantime, 226,000+ Ohioans are at risk of being homeless by next week when their rent or mortgages are unable to be paid. Children will go hungry as the lifeline providing for them has been unceremoniously cut without remorse or resolution. The freeze on evictions and foreclosures has been lifted and the food banks are empty. Ohio has failed it's most at risk populations by the choices and political motivations of one individual. This issue requires IMMEDIATE resolution to those affected. If Ms. Hall and the ODJFS is incapable of fulfilling that resolution, then further action by the State of Ohio to ensure that IMMEDIATE action is taken to prevent homelessness, hunger and poverty to those impacted by this crisis. The people of Ohio deserve answers. They deserve to be paid. They deserve a state that is aimed to see them succeed in the midst of this crisis. In the midst of a pandemic, there is a responsibility to ensure the livelihoods of ALL Ohioans, this was the very PURPOSE of the federal CARES act and the PUA. Ms. Hall has utilized this opportunity to facilitate an unnecessary fraud investigation against the people of Ohio with regard to their financial institutions. It is the responsibility of the individual and their financial institution to determine fraud, and is a gross overreach of the ODJFS Director. The State of Ohio has ignored its citizens for too long in this matter and immediate resolution is now sought.
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    Created by Melody Russell
  • L & I implements SSB 6245 Language Access Providers WITHOUT A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT
    On July 22, 2020, the Department of Labor & Industries announced the launch of a new spoken language interpreting scheduling system with Interpreting Works starting in Fall 2020. The Department of Labor & Industries is requesting that all interpreters enroll now. This is a real-time listing of available interpreting jobs located in proximity, accessible through mobile devices or a home PC. It also syncs jobs assignments with calendars and provides electronic invoicing for PROMPT PAYMENT. Who is responsible for paying the Language Access Providers? The Department of Labor & Industries or Interpreting Works? Under RCW 41.56.113 (2) “This Subsection (2) applies only if the state does not make the payments directly to the language access provider. Upon the authorization of a language access provider within THE BARGAINING UNIT and after CERTIFICATION or RECOGNITION of the BARGAINING UNIT’S exclusive bargaining representative, the state SHALL require through its contracts with third parties that” a. The payment of monthly union dues as certified by the secretary of the exclusive bargaining representative be deducted from the payments to the language access provider and transmitted to the treasure of the exclusive bargaining representative. Labor & Industries is implementing SSB 6245 affecting language access providers without a Collective Bargaining Unit in place. The state of Washington introduced a House Bill 2691 as amended by the Senate in the 2020 regular session relating Collective Bargaining for Language Access Providers, Approved by Governor Inslee on April 2, 2020. This amendment gives the right to language access providers from the Department of Labor & Industries under RCW 41.56.030 to have a “Bargaining Representative” for collective bargaining to a lawful organization. The Scope of collective bargaining for language access providers is limited solely to: 1. Economic Compensation such as the manner and rate of payments, including tiered payments. 2. Professional development and training. 3. Labor-management committees. 4. Grievance procedures. 5. Health and welfare benefits; and other economic matters. The “Exclusive Bargaining Representative” of language access providers in the unit specified in (a) of this subsection shall be representative CHOSEN IN AN ELECTION conducted pursuant to RCW 41.56.070. Governor Inslee, Interpreters Rising is a labor movement organization that encourages the practice to have a collective bargaining unit, the practice to organize, the practice to unionize. The Department of Labor & Industries is acting unilaterally without a bargaining representative to represent language access providers. Such action constitutes a violation of our labor rights. Due to the unprecedented nature of the Coronavirus Pandemic Crisis, Labor Organizations have not been allowed to hold group campaigns or union card signing events as we are observing and adhering to social distancing guidelines set forth by your office. However, Labor & Industries Language Access Providers deserve the freedom to choose their representative by election. The right to fair working conditions, and the right to Unionize! We are calling on you to please take prompt action and delay SSB 6245 from taking effect until June 30, 2021.
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    Created by Interpreters Rising
  • Change the Name of San Diego's Lindbergh Field
    Mr. Lindbergh contributed to the US not entering WWII soon enough. He said the Jews were one of three current world problems. He also said one thing people couldn't discuss was the 'Jewish problem.' A city that wants to appear accepting, wants socially conscious businesses to be founded or re-locate there, and wants to tackle hate doesn't welcome people to their environs via Mr. Lindbergh. As to their rationale that Lindbergh did x, y, and z, Germany created the first jet. Does that mean we ignore everything else they did back then? Dr. Mengele might have had redeeming qualities. I wouldn't suggest pointing that out.
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    Created by Marc Feldstein
  • NEW YORK YANKEES: DON’T LET TRUMP THROW THE 1ST PITCH
    Donald Trump is the antithesis of every value upon which the New York Yankees community is based, and has gone out of his way many times over to offend, dehumanize, and harm the very people upon whom the organization depends, both players and fans. He has no business stepping foot through the stadium doors, let alone onto the mound in a position of honor.
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    Created by Jay Moss
  • House Us AZ
    The COVID-19 pandemic is something that could have been mitigated from the beginning. Our Governor waited until the problem became a full blown crisis to do anything and now, the people of Arizona are having to deal with the consequences. We have been facing a housing crisis for the last couple years, but now we are staring down the barrel of a homelessness crisis. The Governor has continued to skirt responsibility for the repercussions of his own inaction. It is now time for him to step up and fill the shoes that the people of Arizona elected him to wear. An estimated 365,000 rental households (or 577,000 individual renters) are at high risk of being displaced from their homes due to changes in financial income, loss of job, or unexpected sickness from COVID-19. Arizonans did not choose this hardship. They have been made the collateral damage of an unprecedented hardship that could have been handled better by those in charge.
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    Created by Jake Hylton
  • Stop Banks and Credit Card Companies from Closing/Limiting Accts During Pandemic
    Citizens may be reliant on available credit in order to stave off eviction or put food on the table.
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    Created by Lucy Ladimir
  • Humble ISD Is Not Ready To Return To In Person Learning.
    Humble Independent School District, which provides education to students in grades pre-k through 12 in Atascocita, Houston, Humble, And Kingwood, Texas is set to be one of THE FIRST public school districts in the nation to return to in-person learning in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The start of this school year comes at a time when the Houston Area is seeing an increase in community spread and hospitals & ICUs are at risk of reaching full capacity. There is not a viable treatment or vaccine. The district does not plan to enforce the wearing of masks for students or staff. There is no plan for classrooms where someone has tested positive to quarantine. Top health officials are advising that students and staff not return to in-person learning. Harris County Judge, Lina Hidalgo has issued recommendations for minimizing the health and safety risks of the county districts. The superintendent has publicly acknowledged in writing the intent and desire to NOT follow those recommendations. UPDATE: Harris County Public Health, and Judge Hidalgo issued an order delaying ALL in-person activities for students until Sept. 8th. Humble ISD plans for defy those orders and resume in person athletics camps. Virtually all area school districts, who are set to open later this summer than Humble ISD, have announced their plans to start the school year online. Humble ISD following suit would slow spread and minimize the risks to our children, families, district, and community as a whole. To open right now, would be irresponsible given the data from health experts and the advice of local, state, and national officials.
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    Created by Amy Bakken
  • We need Millions of signatures to let Mitch McConnell know - Vote on the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800)
    The Heroes Act includes: • Funds to pay critical workers (first responders, health workers, teachers) • Heroes Fund for Essential Workers • Funding for Covid-19 testing, tracing, and treatment • Second direct payment stimulus ($1200 individual and up to $6000 per household) • Employee Retention Tax Credit to help businesses keep employees on the payroll with benefits • OSHA program based on CDC expertise infection control and protections for employees who report infractions • Support for Small Businesses and Nonprofits in underserved communities ties with emergency grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program • Preserves Health coverage with Cobra subsidies and special enrollment period in the ACA for the uninsured • Extends $600 federal unemployment benefits through January 2021 • Housing assistance for struggling families (mortgage, rent, utility, housing expenses) • 15% increase to maximum SNAP benefit and additional funding for nutrition programs • Safeguards our democracy with resources for safe elections, accurate Census, preservation of the Postal Service. Tell Mitch McConnell that The Heroes Act (HR 6800) needs to be brought to the floor of the Senate and passed now to protect our Heroes and the American people. Do the right thing.
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    Created by Angela Ceccarini