• Tell Congress: We can't let Trump rule unchecked!
    This is urgent: Two members of Congress have tested positive for coronavirus, and several members who came into contact with them are self-quarantining. We need Congress to act NOW before we're left with just Donald Trump in power. Sign the petition: Call on Congress to pass emergency powers to legislate remotely! Any day now, members of Congress could be forced into quarantine, leaving Donald Trump in power with NO congressional oversight.(1) This is not a drill: As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the country, we’ve never needed Congressional oversight more. Our legislators are the only ones looking out for working people and passing bills to provide health care and economic support, while Trump pumps money into Wall Street and the oil industry. Congress needs to pass emergency legislation NOW to allow lawmakers to vote and deliberate by teleconference. Without it, we will be left in the middle of a pandemic with a full-blown crisis of democracy. Sign the petition: Call on Congress to pass emergency powers to legislate remotely! Although the technology to telecommute and conference remotely has existed for decades, Congress and most state legislatures are behind the times. Congressional rules dictate that legislators must convene in person to pass any legislation, whether during an emergency or not.(2) This is a system designed for failure during the coronavirus pandemic. We’re already seeing the worst-case scenario overseas. 10% of the Iranian Parliament has tested positive for the coronavirus, and two members have died. The European Parliament was forced to shut down in Strasbourg. And in New York, lawmakers have already contracted the virus. Many members of Congress have been exposed.(3) Half of the Senate and one-quarter of the House is over age 65, a risk factor for serious complications or death from coronavirus, and the CDC has recommended gatherings of less than ten people.(4) A quarantine is imminent. The national budget will be up for debate in the summer, and the government will shut down without a new one. Congress needs to pass emergency coronavirus bills and ensure that people are getting the supplies and care they need. And we have an election approaching that we could need to adjust the rules for, like implementing vote-by-mail, if participation is affected by the pandemic. The Supreme Court has already shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak.(5) Without new procedures in place, the country will be left with no legislative branch, either—just Donald Trump and his out-of-control executive orders. The window to preserve our democracy is closing—we have to act now. Sources: 1. Common Dreams, "As Lawmakers Fall Ill, Congress and State Legislatures Must Enact Continuity Plans," March 16, 2020 2. Ibid 3. Ibid 4. Quorum, "How Old is Congress?," accessed March 17, 2020 5. CNBC, "Supreme Court postpones arguments because of coronavirus, citing Spanish flu precedent," March 16, 2020
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  • Stop Evictions in NC during COVID-19
    Sign on to tell Governor Cooper to place a temporary moratorium on the enforcement of eviction orders and to push Congress to do the same nationally. Keep Families safe during this COVID-19 crisis. We are calling on Governor Cooper and Congress to take three immediate actions for housing security during this time of crisis: A national moratorium on evictions. This should include a moratorium on all foreclosures, evictions of both public and private housing, sweeps of houseless people, and utility shutoffs, and restore utility service for all households. A national mortgage and rent holiday. This should cover public and private properties by passing a law reducing rents and mortgage payments to zero for the duration of the crisis, including any fees or interest payments. A national $200 billion dollar Housing Security Fund. This fund should be used to provide: at least $120 billion for rent and mortgage payment assistance for anyone affected by the pandemic; adequate funding for homes and expanded services for people experiencing homelessness; and assistance to families to secure safe housing in this crisis and its aftermath, with payment support to cover applications, first month’s rent, and security deposits. In addition, the federal government must provide immediate cash payments to all people in the United States, immediately, and ensure a just, green transition post-pandemic. See the full set of demands for federal action here. These actions for housing security are essential in our fight to slow the spread of COVID-19. This pandemic has the potential to exponentially increase inequality in America, and if it does it will also worsen the pandemic itself. We need immediate and bold federal action now to ensure all have safe and secure housing through this crisis.
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  • Stop Coronavirus Handout to Big Oil
    The industry has always put its short-term profits over the health of our climate, environment and wildlife. Now that it's facing a reckoning, it's desperate for Congress — and taxpayers — to keep it afloat. Giving billions to coal, oil and gas companies while ordinary Americans are suffering diverts critical time and resources from the very real public-health crisis on hand.
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  • SUCCESS! Governor Polis issued a mandate closing all spas 3/19-4/30. THANK YOU FOR SIGNING
    In the face of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, many spas in Colorado have not closed, endangering the health of their employees. A partial list includes: St Julien Spa, The Broadmoor, Brown Palace, Massage Envy, Idaho Springs Resort.  Massage Therapists, Aestheticians, Cosmetologists, Manicurists, and Pedicurists are in extreme danger because they cannot follow the 6-foot social distancing rule.
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  • COVID-19 Emergency Unemployment Benefits to Restart & Extend for Veterans & Others in NJ
    We are bread winners for our families who have worked steadily throughout our lives, who paid into unemployment insurance and have been actively looking for jobs, networking, and using every resource available to us. With companies throughout New Jersey and all around the United States slowing down or putting on hold hiring processes because of severe financial impact of critical and necessary measures put in place to slow the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, we have become financially crippled, with no possible sources of income coming to us anytime soon. Though the federal or state may eventually provide relief, the immediate access to unemployment funds and benefits (such as the approval for training that was in process before the virus and now on hold, along with regular unemployment payments) is necessary for our own and our family’s well-being. We want to be included in relief efforts currently being drafted. We must support veterans who have given their lives to this country and the workers who want to work, but are unable to get jobs due to this virus. It is important to New Jersey’s economy to support unemployed workers immediately. Tell Governor Phil Murphy to publicly support the proposal and sign it as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief.
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    Hermanos y hermanas, El impacto de COVID-19 es financieramente devastadora para millones de familias trabajadoras en la industria de la construcción y más allá, ahora están lidiando con una tremenda incertidumbre de donde saldrán sus próximos pagos, seguro medico y lo que les espera en el futuro. En solo una semana, ya hemos visto el impacto económico en nuestra industria a través de despidos masivos no previstos a través de varias áreas del país. En este momento, las grandes corporaciones están rogando por subsidios federales, mientras que trabajadores de la construcción y de otros sectores están perdiendo rápidamente su empleo, su seguro médico y su seguridad económica. Exigimos que el Congreso tome medidas inmediatas y fuertes en las siguientes áreas: —Infusión inmediata de dinero y extensión de ausencia médica— Los proyectos de ley que hemos visto hasta ahora, como H.R. 6074 La Ley de Preparación y Respuesta al Coronavirus, tendrán muy pocos beneficios para trabajadores de la construcción que están viviendo esta grave situación. A diferencia de otras industrias, a los trabajadores de la construcción no reciben pago por ausencia medica; si no trabajamos, no somos pagados. El Congreso debe actuar en acuerdo para no dejar atrás a los trabajadores de la construcción. Mientras nuestros miembros están cada vez más desempleados, ya sea temporalmente o a largo plazo, nuestra fuerza laboral debe tener acceso a dinero para pagar sus facturas, cubrir necesidades básicas y mantener a sus familias. Cualquier proyecto de ley también debe ayudar a contratistas por extenderles cubertura de ausencia médica para sus empleados para poder sobrevivir esta tormenta. Los trabajadores cubiertos por convenios colectivos deben ser incluidos en cualquier propuesta de ley de ausencia medica o por enfermedad familiar. No puede haber límites en la cantidad de empleados y días trabajados para incluir a todos los trabajadores en estas medidas críticas. —Proporcionar protecciones de salud tanto para los asegurados como para los no asegurados— Refuerce la cobertura de salud para trabajadores que participan en planes de salud de empleadores múltiples y proveer protecciones de seguro médico tanto para los asegurados como para los no asegurados. Con despidos, cierres de sitios de construcción, desempleo a largo plazo e incertidumbre económica prolongada, estamos pidiendo a nuestros representantes que brinden alivio a los planes de salud y bienestar de múltiples empleadores para que nuestros miembros y sus familias puedan continuar recibiendo seguro médico sin interrupción en su cobertura . Debemos frenar la arborización de enfermedades y asegurarnos de que todos trabajadores tengan atención médica. —Reforzar/asegurar planes de jubilación— Nuestros miembros han trabajado duro en nuestras industrias durante décadas, brindando a nuestras familias y comunidades la promesa de una jubilación digna. Con la volatilidad en el mercado de valores y una pérdida proyectada en horas y contribuciones a los planes de jubilación de nuestros miembros, llamamos al Congreso a actuar de una vez por todas para ayudar a proporcionar alivio a nuestros planes de jubilación invirtiendo directamente en planes de pensiones para empleadores múltiples como el plan de la IUPAT para garantizar la seguridad del futuro de todos los trabajadores en nuestra industria. —Invierta en infraestructura domestica— El gobierno debe proporcionar un estímulo macroeconómico para mantener saludable la economía en general. Cualquier paquete de estímulo debe incluir un plan para que trabajadores de la construcción en Estados Unidos vuelvan a trabajar rápidamente una vez que esta pandemia esté bajo control. En el corto plazo, debemos buscar asignaciones de emergencia para apoyar nuestra infraestructura de salud pública debilitada, especialmente los hospitales. A mediano y largo plazo, los esfuerzos de recuperación deberían centrarse en crear empleos para millones de trabajadores y fortalecer la infraestructura esencial de nuestro país, como carreteras, puentes, sistemas de agua y producción de energía. La Unión Intencional de Pintores y Oficios Aliados es una unión que lucha por la gente trabajadora en todas partes. Codo a codo con nuestros seguidores, pedimos al Congreso que actúe de manera bipartidista para abordar la creciente necesidad de aquellos en nuestra industria y la clase trabajadora en general. ¿Porque es esto importante? ¿Te ha afectado personalmente la crisis? Asegúrese de compartir su historia personal en los comentarios de la petición. El Congreso necesita escuchar las historias de nuestras familias trabajadoras, no de las corporaciones.
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  • What Child Care Centers Need to Survive COVID-19
    With COVID-19 spreading rapidly across Washington State, the health and livelihoods of center teachers, directors and owners are under threat, and families are scrambling to find safe care for their children. Issues that may appear to be temporary, e.g. frontline teachers and directors becoming ill and sites shutting down, threaten to cause permanent damage to the early learning system. As capacity decreases, children are withdrawn from care and parents are unable to go to work.Many child care professionals already earn low wages, often with no health insurance. This is true of centers that accept state tuition subsidies or those paid by families. Without immediate state intervention, the COVID-19 pandemic will push child care professionals to economic collapse. Here are some of the supports that our Early Learning System needs to survive this crisis: * Teachers and directors who are unable to work should receive unemployment benefits to cover lost wages without a repayment requirement for reimbursable employers. * All child care teachers and directors should receive free COVID-19 testing and free health care if they become ill. * The State should cover market rate tuition (including private pay) if parents or caregivers are unable to pay due to job loss or work closure. * If a facility must close due to COVID-19 related reasons, the state should cover market rate tuition payments to ensure all providers stay in business and supply financial support for re-opening. * Payments and direct assistance to centers should be based on enrollment, not attendance. * The State should procure and distribute to child care providers all health and safety supplies needed to care for children. * All background checks should be expedited within 24-hours for child care related employees. * Paid substitutes should be provided if staff members are unable to work. * New hires should be authorized to start work without completing pre- service requirements during this emergency. * DCYF must provide updates, in appropriate languages, to centers, teachers and directors on a regular basis, at least every other day, or more often as necessitated by fluid events. * Any emergency changes initiated by DCYF to the WACs that would change or increase regulations should be made in consultation with frontline professionals, including SEIU and WCCA. * All health and safety and licensing enforcement should be paused during the crisis except for the most serious situations that may result in the loss of authorization or license to provide care. * All Early Achievers mandates, ratings, and requirements should be suspended through the duration of the pandemic. * First quarter 2020 L & I and ESD employment taxes, due April 30, 2020, should be waived for all child care providers of 500 employees or less. It’s Time to Respect, Protect, and Lift Up Child Care Professionals!
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  • Hazard pay for Instacart shopper employees
    Instacart Employees working during the Cov-19 pandemic quarantinee are in grocery stores near hyper-panicked large crowds and lines of people and are bringing their efforts to keep the environment calm and safe every day. Shoppers have been heralding through this risky Cov-19 situation and proving our best service to our customers.
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  • Tell WALMART to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees!
    I work at Walmart and working in an environment where there are ten of thousands of people a day who could very easily be sick and touching surfaces, coughing, etc. It isn’t fair for me to have to get sick to get paid leave. I have a wife and child like many of my coworkers do and we do not want to spread the virus it to our loved ones because we are forced to go to work or else be fired.
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  • Suspend Rent and Evictions, Open the UCB Dorms to Homeless Students
    UC Berkeley, the city of Berkeley, and the entire country (not to mention the world) are going through both an economic meltdown and a public health crisis due ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Many tenants - including UC Berkeley students - are unable to pay their rent as a result of the economic meltdown and shelter-in-place order. Furthermore, so many students live paycheck-to-paycheck that they could never afford the added expense of paying backrent. Many of these students also do not have a "non-Berkeley home" they can return to. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has responded by banning evictions (and defaults) in properties secured by Federal Housing Administration-insured (Fannie and Freddie) Single Family mortgages. On March 17, the Berkeley City Council passed an initial moratorium on evictions and suspended rent payments for tenants who been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic; the city council is expected to pass additional emergency legislation to strengthen the law to protect Berkeley residents and keep them in their homes. As a state agency, the university is generally exempt from regulations issued by a local government. As a result, the only way to protect students in university housing from evictions and unconscionable rent collections is for the university to voluntarily enact such a policy. Letting homeless and housing-insecure students live for free in otherwise empty university housing would only cost the university little to nothing. Additionally, the fact that the University is allowing students to move-out and receive a pro-rata refund means it is already budgeting for little to no revenue from housing for the remainder of the year. It is therefore clearly within the Univeristy's means to allow students already living in the dorms to not owe rent. Many students cannot simply move-out of the dorms and "go back home." For instance, they may not have another home to return to, may have a Bay Area job they need to support themselves and/or their family and which has not been halted by the pandemic, or their family home may be unsafe (e.g. if they've been rejected by their family for not being cis-hetero or if their family home is physically dangerous). This is literally a matter of life and death. If students are forced out onto the streets - either through a formal eviction or because they decide to move out early in order to avoid back rent they cannot repay, they could catch coronavirus and die, as well as infect other community members.
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    In a matter of days, the State of Montana - along with the rest of the world, of course - has been hit hard with the restrictions placed on businesses in the wake of COVID-19. As we all know, businesses across the state have been forced to close outright or drastically cut provided services, leaving 13.7% of Montana workers (mt.gov, 2013) at immediate risk of unemployment. What limited financial resources these workers may have MUST be conserved for absolute essentials in this time of uncertainty. Small businesses have also been left vulnerable to permanent closure, and their financial resources must also be conserved to remain operational. My motivation to start this petition is not selfless. I (service industry), along with nearly all of my colleagues, was laid off today (3/18/20). Whether or not this petition moves forward, I have already planned to reallocate all of my own remaining resources exclusively toward food and the most basic necessities while COVID-19 restrictions remain in tact. Paying $750 for rent when that may be all I have for said essentials -- indefinitely -- seems futile at best. Our employers were heartbroken to be forced into laying us off. They are devastated and worried for us, and we are devastated and worried for them and for the future of our company. Our story is clearly NOT unique; likely thousands of service industry workers in Bozeman alone will be or have already been laid off, and this is just the beginning. We need rent and mortgage relief NOW.
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  • Freeze Rent Orlando Seminole County
    People losing jobs cannot work
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