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TAKE ACTION: Staples: Don't Cut Part-Time Hours Because of Obamacare!

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Staples want to follow the law and provide better heathcare to its employees. Instead, its giving its part-time workers a de facto pay cut and saving money by using a loophole.

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Beverly Fjobhunting (86)
Monday December 23, 2013, 8:35 am
I am writing this petition as an anonymous person, as I fear my employer will persecute me if they knew my identity. My trust in the company I work for has been shaken, as they have enacted a new policy to reduce our hours, and I believe they are not telling the whole truth as to why.

I have worked as an Easy-Tech Representative at Staples, sold countless thousands of computers, protection plans, and services, and have made Staples far more money than they have paid me. I typically work 30-35 hours in a week, and have so for about 9 years now. I enjoy working at Staples, and the staff at my store have come to depend on me. I love my job. I recently got married, and am pregnant with my first child.

However, in mid-December, the company announced to the staff at my store: A new policy of limiting ALL part-time workers to 25 hours a week -- with NO exceptions -- for reasons of "Scheduling Flexibility".

This left me heartbroken, as I knew 25 hours a week wouldn't let me make ends meet, let alone have enough to start a family! I questioned my co-workers as to why they would make such a drastic change. Even the General Manager couldn't get a straight answer out of the upper management. So I decided to do a little digging, and with the help of the internet, I came across what appears to be the answer: The Affordable Healthcare Act aka "Obamacare."

I read about how countless other companies were slashing part-time hours to use a loophole in the law: You don't have to pay for healthcare if your employees don't work more than 30 hours a week. I also learned that the Aetna medical insurance plan that Staples provided didn't count, as it didn't provide enough coverage to meet the minimums.

I was stunned. The TRUE reason was obvious: Staples didn't want to follow the law and provide better heathcare to its employees. Instead, its giving its part-time workers a de facto pay cut and saving money by using a loophole.

However, there is hope. Other major employers such as Darden Restaurants (owners of Olive Garden and Red Lobster) rescinded similar cuts after intense pressure. Our Government has also delayed the requirement until 2015, giving Congress time to sort things out. Corporations such as Starbucks and H-E-B have pledged NOT to reduce part time hours.

Will you join me in asking Staples to join companies like Starbucks and H-E-B to pledge NOT the cut part time employees' hours?


jan b. (5)
Monday December 23, 2013, 8:47 am
No employer has to offer coverage. Some large businesses that don't offer coverage meeting certain standards may have to make a shared responsibility payment in 2015.

If you have fewer than 50 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees, you are not subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility parts of the law. You may use SHOP to offer coverage for your employees.
As of January 1, 2015:

If you have 50 or more FTEs you may have to make an Employer Shared Responsibility Payment if at least 1 of your full-time employees gets lower costs on their monthly premiums when buying insurance in the Marketplace.
Learn more about the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment

Have questions about the SHOP Marketplace for businesses with 50 or fewer employees? Call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY users: 1-800-706-7915). Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Agents and brokers may also use this number.

natasha salgado (716)
Monday December 23, 2013, 9:51 am
Done-thx Beverly

Past Member (0)
Monday December 23, 2013, 11:39 am
Done/thank you

Ondine J. (134)
Monday December 23, 2013, 1:01 pm
Noted and signed,thanks

. (0)
Monday December 23, 2013, 1:09 pm

Angelene B. (148)
Monday December 23, 2013, 1:36 pm

Animae C. (517)
Monday December 23, 2013, 2:53 pm
with 122,578 supporters
127,421 NEEDED

Dandelion G. (386)
Monday December 23, 2013, 4:07 pm
with 124,233 supporters

Cheap SOB's.......Go Universal Health care and be done with all of this foolishness.

Suzan F. (145)
Monday December 23, 2013, 9:56 pm
& once again, it's the workers who get screwed, through no fault of their own.

Billie C. (2)
Monday December 23, 2013, 10:20 pm
just wait till obamacare kicks in for companies cut hours and lay offs will be massive. why do you think obama delayed it until after the mid-term elections? he knows dems will be screwed if it goes in effect before then. it won't help though since companies will start gearing up for it before the elections.
obamacare the law that took down the american worker.

Giana Peranio-Paz (408)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:49 am
Noted and signed, thanks Beverly.

Alan Lambert (91)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 1:26 am
Signature 130,760 and noted

Yvonne F. (181)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 5:32 am
So signed!!! How come that something good always get exploited and turned into something bad?
Thanks Alicia

Ed Site Issues V. (207)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 6:53 am
S&N Thanks

Ben Oscarsito (290)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 7:27 am

Barry AWAY T. (938)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 8:22 am
noted, signed & shared - thanks

Stardust Noel (47)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:21 pm
Signed & passed

Debra G. (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:33 pm
Signed, and Staples will be boycotted until they change their policy.

firedup N. (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:40 pm
don't cut the hours just raise the prices to compensate the Obamacare costs
All employers are cutting their staff because of this. It is the only thing they can do to stay in business.
I am referring to franchise owners.
I was one, gave it up long time ago, too expensive to operate

firedup N. (0)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 12:42 pm
Obamacare is screwing small downtown businesses I hear complaints all the time.

Kathleen R. (138)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 1:56 pm
signed & noted

Joanne Dixon (36)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 2:28 pm
Signed, but is anyone with any ethics still buying from Staples?

Dandelion G. (386)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 5:45 pm
For all those who are having an issue with ObamaCare you can also thank the Republicans. It is THEIR idea and they are simply upset that it was a Democrat that placed it into law.

ObamaCare is the SAME thing as Mitt Romney did in Massachusetts. Romney implemented what the Republicans had wanted.

The only issue is the Democrats shouldn't of caved in to this fiasco of confusing market driven insurance exchanges. They should of gone Universal Health. Simple, one card for every citizen and one set of rules. It would of been cost effective, simple to understand, and then we wouldn't have so many people with so much misinformation.

President Obama, always compromised, went too far over to "please" the Republicans and instead of getting a thank you they hate him and he even lost a lot of his own base by doing so.

Vicky P. (476)
Tuesday December 24, 2013, 7:17 pm
noted, signed

Ludger W. (71)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:12 am

Amitav Dash (87)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 8:23 am
Adding to Dandelion's post: I wonder if this formerly Bain Capital (Mitt Romney) owned company reacted the same way when Uncle Mitt implemented "ObamaCare" in his home state? Weren't screaming and crying and rending their garments then were they?

This is just another "screw you" to the people, under the guise of protecting the people. And, the ones on here schilling for the rich will eventually feel it, too when your entertainment value as lap dogs and lackeys is over and they can discard you in the trash where they found you.

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 12:35 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Beverly.

Birgit W. (159)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:28 pm

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 1:38 pm

Sonali G. (0)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 3:00 am

norma laborie (33)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 2:02 pm

Winn Adams (203)
Thursday December 26, 2013, 3:43 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 2:00 am
Only a matter of time.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Friday December 27, 2013, 3:49 am

Marianne R. (98)
Friday December 27, 2013, 7:51 am
OK - signed

Friday December 27, 2013, 8:03 am
N & S. Thanks Beverly

Michael Kirkby (97)
Friday December 27, 2013, 8:32 am
When did the Walmart template start to become business SOP?

Sascha Harper (303)
Friday December 27, 2013, 12:09 pm
noted and signed

Bridget Robertson (106)
Friday December 27, 2013, 2:32 pm
Noted and signed.

Esther Z. (94)
Friday December 27, 2013, 9:12 pm
Noted and signed.

Dytayja Cohen (3)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 9:39 am
thank you

John Gregoire (293)
Saturday December 28, 2013, 10:10 am
Sadly, if I were an employer I would get below the Obamacare minimum quickly. Sounds horrible but to a business owner, it's critical as profit margins are so very small.

Sharon Davidson (373)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 6:55 am

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday December 29, 2013, 2:21 pm

Mary T. (357)
Monday January 6, 2014, 2:30 pm
Signed with 155,685 supporters 94,315 NEEDED - thank you Beverly

Darren Woolsey (217)
Thursday October 22, 2015, 3:28 am
Signed and shared petition
Thanks Beverly.
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