COVID-19 Workers' Rights

281 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Phil Scott, Jay Nichols

Cancel Vermont's indoor, interscholastic sports season!

Vermont high schools were allowed to begin indoor sports practices on December 26th. Governor Phil Scott, Secretary of Education Dan French, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Principals Association are currently assessing when and how to allow interscholastic games to begin. Please sign this petition to ask them to cancel Vermont's indoor, interscholastic sports season! School staff in Vermont have risen to the occasion throughout this pandemic. It began with the creation of emergency remote learning experiences in the spring, it continued by feeding tens of thousands of children each day through the summer, it went further when almost every school in the state returned for in-person learning in September, and there has been so much more in between and beyond those examples. It hasn't been easy, but it's been for the students. Educators have dedicated their professional lives to helping students learn, grow, and thrive.  It hasn't been without risk, either. Many school staff have been required to supervise breakfasts and lunches where groups of students are eating unmasked. Many schools don't have adequate ventilation systems or functional outdoor spaces. And, despite the relative low cases and rhetoric dismissing it, there HAVE been cases of community spread within Vermont schools. With the latest news from Governor Scott that all school staff are no longer being prioritized for vaccines, it is unconscionable that school employees be forced to spend time indoors with students who are playing indoor sports games against opponents from other communities -- sports where distancing is impossible and masking is difficult. If the science says that families from separate households should not gather indoors together, then why would indoor sports be granted an exception from that rule? College and professional sports have proven that, without an expensive and exclusive bubble, cases will happen. Cases lead to community spread, and community spread--specifically asymptomatic community spread--has led to many of the deaths in Vermont's elderly care homes. No more spread. No more deaths.  Please cancel Vermont's indoor, interscholastic sports season! . . . Image by Alexandra_Koch on Pixabay

Peter Langella
173 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to University Librarian Krisellen Maloney, Consuella Askew, Regina Koury, Nancy Cantor, Margaret Marsh, Hon. Francisco Moran, Hon. Ras Baraka

Safety and Equality for Rutgers Library Staff

We, the undersigned, urge you to immediately close the premises of Rutgers University Libraries on the Newark and Camden Campuses until at least the beginning of the Spring Semester. At the same time, we urge you to begin planning to re-open Newark and Camden libraries under similar conditions to New Brunswick -- to allow  all work that can be performed remotely by library staff to be done from home, and, for work that must be performed on-site, to institute teams on alternating days or weeks. With Newark once again at the center of of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are dismayed that staff (but not faculty or students) at Dana Library were required to defy the municipal stay-at-home declaration by Mayor Baraka, and to report daily to an almost empty campus. Rutgers- Camden, too, has most classes virtual and low campus occupancy .  Camden, too, is experiencing a surge in COVID cases,  yet staff (not faculty, not students) are required to report to Robeson Library every day. ·      The lives and safety of Library staff members matter as much as those of  the library faculty. Library faculty assigned to the Newark or and Camden campuses work 100% remotely.  ·      Library staff have has never been classified as “essential” workers.  ·      With the end of Fall Semester exams, the demand for borrowing of physical library materials is negligible, and will remain so for over a month. ·      More broadly,  the demand for physical library materials is far smaller substantially less than in that of a public library, due to the nature of our students’ and faculty’s research. The workplace assignments for RU Libraries are  implemented under a double standard - - one standard for Newark and Camden  that compels staff to report in-person daily, thereby promoting spread among staff and residents in communities of color that are already devastated from COVID-19 spread, and another for New Brunswick/Piscataway, where assignments are driven by use of a tele-commuting policy that keeps staff safe and reduces the risk of spread. If we are “One Rutgers”, let’s treat our staff like that is true.  Let’s protect them from unnecessary exposure in their daily commute and on the job.   Rutgers University Libraries do not exist in a vacuum.  Library  facilities are based in the heart of Newark and Camden.  We have an obligation to members of those communities to be respectful and positive.  Let’s cooperate with our municipal authorities, who are advocating for community safety.  OUR DEMAND:  Close the premises of all libraries except for essential cleaning and maintenance unti at least the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester.  Implement staffing by teams alternating in-person and remote work through the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

URA-AFT Union of Rutgers Administrators, Local 1766 AFT
803 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Garland Independent School District, Garland City Council, Scott LeMay, ricardo lopez

Protect Teachers with medical conditions from going face-to-face!

   I am a student at GISD (Garland Independent School District, in Texas), and I am concerned for the health of my teachers, my peers, and my peer's families as well. I created this petition considering that a teacher I know (who shall remain anonymous) was denied working from home despite having a doctors note, and as they noted, their other co-workers have also been denied working from home. This has caused teachers the need to quit, considering the fact that them being at school is literally putting their own lives in danger. Teachers are already underappreciated in many ways, and to top it all we are in a global pandemic and yet the school district still decides money over education.     You cannot be a functioning school district if your idea of safety and prioritizing health is denying teachers with medical issues the right to work from home. Dallas county has 75K cases, and these numbers may continue to rise.I understand this may not be the best for them financially. My goal with this petition is for the school district to at least allow more teachers with health issues to teach at home, whether it be only ten or 100. Most of the teachers being denied that are having to quit are also old teachers, meaning experienced. Also the district denying several teachers work from home, forcing some to quit & choose between a life & death situation. I would like you all to keep in mind that face to face starts on Tuesday next week for GISD. Thank you and have a good day! Love you all! Contact me at: Insta- dianathebean Twitter- @DianaHd84437163 Email- or .I would like to include this article on teachers opinions on face to face: This Tweet brings up good questions about teachers returning to face to face as well: 

Diana Hernandez
120 supporters