COVID-19 Workers' Rights

282 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Best Buy, Corie Barry

Best Buy Employees & Customers to Restrict Maskless Customers

I am a Best Buy retail employee and have received guidance to allow customers without masks to enter, shop, interact with employees and other customers, and check out. All with zero repercussions or any questions about their presence in our store. First, the state I work in has state mandates requiring masks when shopping indoors; not enforcing this is in conflict to state mandates. Second, employees have not accepted this job with the risks associated with maskless customers. Third, our company is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act in that we provide curbside pickup for those unable to wear a mask in stores. With this, there should be no question about a zero tolerance policy for those unwilling or unable to wear a mask in our stores cannot enter our stores. In order to achieve these reasonable standards we should take a firm stance against customers who refuse to wear masks and not allow them to enter our stores. As a Best Buy retail employee I have spoken to multiple store manager and to the Best Buy Ethics team and I have received zero reassurance that this concern will be appropriately addressed. As employees and customers we need to stand up for our beliefs and safety.  There are plenty of other retailers who have set the precedent that those who refuse to wear a mask in their store are not allowed entry. As a company that claims to pride itself on its ethics we should be one of those retailers. It is unethical to subject employees and customers to these risks.  I want to see Best Buy take the COVID-19 pandemic with the severity it warrants, and take a firm stance against those that seek to prolong its effects at home, and nationwide. Please sign this petition to align yourself with these values. If you can please also reach out to the corporate team to voice these concerns. They’re active on Twitter @BestBuy and @BestBuySupport. The general corporate customer service number is 1-800-237-8289. The general corporate office number is 1-612-291-1000. And Corie Barry’s, Best Buy’s CEO, email is This website also has more contact information for senior level Best Buy corporate employees Thank you for your time and support. Support you frontline and essential workers. Please stay safe and healthy.

Joseph Roberto
1,360 supporters
Update posted 3 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
175 supporters
Started 1 month 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
805 supporters