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Employees have taken action with the support of coworkers, consumers and community supporters to improve their workplaces using Coworker.org. Here are some of our favorite victories:
After tens of thousands of USPS employees sign a worker-led petition, multiple sitting US Senators write letters to the Postmaster General elevating worker demands for increased protections from COVID-19, leading to safety improvements.
Transit and healthcare employees win access to paid sick leave during the pandemic following successful campaigns.
COVID-19 Hazard Pay
In the spring of 2020, workers at Albertsons/Safeway, H-E-B, Kroger, Market of Choice and New Seasons Market win hazard pay and/or boosts in compensation after successful campaigns on Coworker.org.
Starbucks expands paid parental leave to barista dads and adoptive parents, updates its scheduling technology to prevent “clo-penings”, allows employees to have visible tattoos and dyed hair, and placed safe needle disposal receptacles in bathrooms after baristas spoke out.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a worker-led campaign leads Starbucks to suspend business with pay at many locations. A subsequent victory leads the company to suspend its “happy hour” promotion, reducing the volume of customers in stores. Most recently, the company commits to a $15 starting wage for all employees after years of employee activism on wage-related issues.
After thousands of Uber drivers join together, the rideshare company adds an in-app tipping feature.
In response to a campaign started by an engineer at Etsy, the e-commerce company commits to goals designed to improve the company’s impact on the world.
Wells Fargo announces that it will eliminate product sales goals after employees reported that they faced unreasonable pressure to meet the bank’s excessive sales targets.
Publix updates its dress code to allow associates to grow beards and goatees after employees across the country called on the grocery chain to #FreeTheBeard.
REI increases wages for employees at the company’s outdoor retail stores across the country and is posting workers’ schedules further in advance.
After professional players speak out, FIFA assures soccer star Abby Wambach that the Women’s World Cup would never again be played on artificial turf.
Multiple venues in the San Francisco Bay Area commit to paying a minimum booking fee to drag performers after the community spoke out about unfair compensation.
Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Chicago win time off with pay - for the first time - during extreme heat.
Cinemark employees win the right to have visible tattoos at work after a successful campaign inspires a change in dress code policy.
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