During the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of workers have faced a choice between their health or their paycheck. Use this template to demand your workplace take adequate safety precautions if you've returned to work.
We demand that [Company] protect its essential workers by enforcing coronavirus safety measures, including health screenings, face coverings and social distancing.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve risked our physical and emotional well-being and the safety of our loved ones to get essential items into the hands of thousands of customers. Whether you’re salaried or a contractor, an old-timer or a recent hire, each worker at [Company] has played a vital role in caring for shoppers, stocking shelves, delivering packages and cleaning the premises.
But rather than reward employee dedication, [Company] is putting our health on the line. Even as experts warn of a coronavirus surge in the region, management is easing common-sense measures like health screenings and social distancing. To boost profits for a few, HQ is sending us home after each shift worried sick about putting our families and communities at risk.
We all remember the fear we experienced when a stock room employee went home after showing symptoms of fever. It took three days and significant employee pressure for management to confirm that she was infected with Covid-19. Even worse, when several workers raised concerns they got unjustified warning on their records.
For our hard work and the protection of our rights, we deserve better. We deserve mandatory face coverings and social distancing policies enforced by management. We deserve health screenings, free testing and 24-hour notification of positive cases. And we deserve to voice safety concerns without fear of retaliation. Far from a big ask, these demands are the bare minimum for [Company] to keep our community out of harm’s way.
We’re ready to grow this campaign until management hears our voices and meets our demands. Here are the steps we’re taking to get it done:
Get the word out. Let’s have one-on-one conversations with our coworkers to hear what issues they care about and see if they’re on board with our approach. If they are, let’s invite them to join our Frank campaign.
Craft the message. Let’s incorporate all of our voices into a unified message. This message will be the basis for a final letter to management.
Reach solidarity. We’re working to get 75% of [Company] staff to join this campaign
Make our demands. Frank will anonymously send our letter to the CEO and Board of Directors of [Company] . We’re requesting a response within 72 hours.
Defend our rights. If management ignores or rejects any of our demands, we’ll vote on our course of action.
Let’s start planning possible actions to increase pressure on management in case they ignore or reject our demands.
Petition: We’ll prepare a petition to engage the public in our campaign.
Social media: We’ll prepare messages, hashtags, videos and anonymous accounts to use in a social media campaign to increase public pressure on management.
Media: We’ll prepare a press release to share with media. We’ll also create a list of media contacts who are willing to cover our campaign.
Work stoppage: If management doesn’t respond to our public campaign, we’ll vote on options including a sick-out, walkout, work slow down or work stoppage.