COVID-19 Workers' Rights
Petition to Kevin Davis, Marsha Blackburn, Lamar Alexander, Bill Lee, Bruce I. Griffey
Renters Rights in Tennessee do we have any? Yes, but not all counties. Help us change that
Renters Rights in Tennessee. Do we have any? We should! There are "renters rights" in the state of Tennessee but according to Judge Daniel Smith in Savannah,TN in the case of Mark Alexander vs Darlene Thurman we dont have "renters rights" in a county with less then 75,000 people. Judge Smith goes on to tell Mrs.Thurman in court: “Unfortunately in your case, if you read further in those statutes, those statutes only apply to the larger counties in the state of Tennessee. I know it involves, Shelby, Davidson, Knox and I think it’s extended to Madison. That’s the law in those counties, but unfortunately, the rural areas have different rules. I can’t explain to you why, other than that’s what the legislature, in their wisdom, decided to do,” Hardin County General Sessions Court Judge Daniel Smith said.The law says because she lives in Hardin County, with fewer than 75,000 people, she would have to either sue her landlord or move out. Mrs. Thurman told Judge Smith “I’m on disability. I have a set income of $783 a month. I cannot afford a deposit and rent on a new place." Mrs. Thurman refused to pay Mr. Alexander rent because he knew of some leaks inside and outside of the home which has caused mold,mildew, and damage to the walls, floors and electrical outlets and he refused to get it fixed. Making it out to be her responsibility to fix it all. Judge Smith goes on to say: “Your reason for not paying your rent, as you stated, involving the repairs not being done. That not being a defense in this case, and two months without paying your rent, it will be a judgement for possession, plus the back rent of $1,000." Mrs.Thurman has also developed some health issues from living in the home exposed to mold and mildew. "Thurman did file a lawsuit against Alexander, claiming mold in the house led to Thurman getting sick." Court was January 9, 2020 and Mrs.Thurman was evicted and only given 10 days to find another place to move. She should be allowed 30 days not 10 days. She is on disability, no transportation, no resources. Please help us with this petition to getting it changed to enforce the TN "Renters Rights" to not only be applied to Hardin and Mcnairy counties but to include ALL counties in Tennessee. No one should have to go through what Mrs.thurman went through. UPDATE: 1/22/2020 Mrs.Thurman is completely moved out of Alexander's housing and has since dropped her lawsuit against Mark Alexander. In these past 2 weeks I've seen the good,the bad and the ugly in people in Hardin County. People that we never thought would help, have helped and people that we thought would help and said they would help havent or couldn't. How many other people not just in Hardin county but other counties in Tennessee have went through or are going through the same situation. State Legislators, Governor,Mayors, TN state Representatives please pass this to include ALL counties in the state of Tennessee and make some changes to the current Renters Rights. A person should be allowed 30 days to get moved not 10, 10 days is almost impossible esp with children or disabled. Landlords need to take full responsibility of the damages in these homes that have leaks and mold damages. There should be some penalty to landlords who do not fix these issues and be given a certain amount of time to have them fixed and maybe have a code enforcer or the home inspected before they could rent it out. Something needs done. Please sign the petition help us with getting this to our Mayors and state legislators. No not all landlords are like this, but yes alot of them are and how many people have to suffer and go through what Mrs. Thurman had to go through?? Enough is enough. Stand up for Renters Rights in Tennessee. So far as of today 1/24/2020 this petition not only has reached 260 people from Hardin and Mcnairy counties and surrounding counties in Tennessee but it has also reached WBBJ TV news, Savannah,Tennessee Courier and TN state Representative David Byrd help us with getting this to the Governor of Tennessee and our local Mayors. Thank you. ##RentersRights##
Petition to Chicago Public Schools, Lori Lightfoot
Do NOT Reopen Chicago Public Schools Until Educators are Vaccinated
We all wish we could re-open Chicago Public Schools, but it is simply not possible right now. Covid-19 cases have nearly doubled for locations that have re-opened. Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/schools-have-no-good-options-for-reopening-during-covid-19/ With vaccines being distributed, it is vital that reopening remain halted for Chicago Public Schools until all educators and students are vaccinated. We cannot put educators, students and parents in danger during this deadly pandemic. If we want hope of this pandemic grasping control in the long run, remote learning must continue. The decision to reopen goes against all scientific evidence. We all feel the pain of the setback this pandemic has caused, but even movie theaters have not let the public in. Students cannot be expected to re-attend in such a strict setting. They are better off in a remote setting where they, their parents and their teachers are safe until this pandemic is controlled, otherwise this issue will be prolonged. Illinois did an excellent job keeping numbers down at the start of the pandemic. There is a new strain going around. Lori Lightfoot, protect families and educators by telling CPS to continue remote learning!
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
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.
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- email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .I would like to include this article on teachers opinions on face to face: https://www.nj.com/education/2020/08/im-a-teacher-and-i-cant-go-back-to-the-classroom-what-are-my-options.html This Tweet brings up good questions about teachers returning to face to face as well: https://twitter.com/LianaTravenia/status/1282729548820484096?s=20