[Company] management must enforce coronavirus safety measures now

Samantha Demby
Samantha Demby
Template author
Journalist, community organizer, long-time waitress.

Template demand letter

Demand Letters outline the problem you are seeking to address with your campaign. Once demand letters obtain enough signatures, Frank can send your letters to decision makers at your company, protecting your anonymity.

About the template

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.

About the author

Samantha Demby is a journalist, community organizer and long-time waitress. She's based between Oaxaca, Mexico and her hometown of Brooklyn, NY. You can find her at her website or on Twitter.

To:[management@company.com]

We demand that [Company] protect its essential workers by enforcing coronavirus safety measures, including health screenings, face coverings and social distancing.

Our campaign

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.

Our demands

  • Mandatory use of face coverings. [Company] must post a sign at the entrance of all stores indicating a zero-tolerance policy for not wearing masks.
  • Social distancing measures. These include occupancy limits, one-way aisles and barriers between cashiers and customers.
  • Management enforcement. A manager must be assigned to enforce all coronavirus safety measures.
  • Health screenings. All workers must pass a temperature check before each shift.
  • Free testing. All workers must have access to free Covid-19 testing.
  • 24-hour notification. Management must notify all workers of a confirmed Covid-19 case on the premises within 24 hours.
  • No discrimination or retaliation. Management can’t discriminate or retaliate against workers for speaking out about or missing a shift due to safety concerns.

Our actions

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Reach solidarity. We’re working to get 75% of [Company] staff to join this campaign

  4. 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.

  5. Defend our rights. If management ignores or rejects any of our demands, we’ll vote on our course of action.

Escalation toolbox

Let’s start planning possible actions to increase pressure on management in case they ignore or reject our demands.

Public campaign:

  • 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.

Top Covid-19 worker safety demands

  • Mandatory use of face coverings. [Company] must post a sign at the entrance of all stores indicating a zero-tolerance policy for not wearing masks.
  • Social distancing measures. These may include occupancy limits, one-way aisles, plexiglass barriers and other measures. Management enforcement. A manager must be assigned to enforce all coronavirus safety measures. This burden can’t keep falling on workers’ shoulders.
  • Hygiene and disinfection. Management must supply adequate hygiene stations for all workers and ensure that work spaces are frequently cleaned and disinfected.
  • PPE. Management must supply appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for all workers.
  • Health screenings. All workers must pass a temperature check before each shift.
  • 24-hour notification. Management must notify all workers of a confirmed Covid-19 case on the premises within 24 hours.Free testing. All workers must have access to free Covid-19 testing.
  • Hazard pay. Management must offer ongoing hazard pay for all workers.
  • Paid sick time. Management must offer paid sick time for all workers.
  • Flexible shifts. Flexible shifts for workers who have health risks, are caring for a sick family member or providing childcare.
  • Staggered shifts. Staggered shifts to reduce the risk of infection among workers.
  • No discrimination or retaliation. Management cannot discriminate or retaliate against workers for raising safety concerns.
  • No liability waivers. Management can’t force workers to sign coronavirus liability waivers or retaliate against workers who refuse to sign them.

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