As we approach the one-year mark of the pandemic in the United States, it is critically important that we all remain extra vigilant and take all of the necessary health and safety precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our coworkers.
The COVID-19 infection rate at DHL has remained fairly consistent with what is happening in the general public. As of now, there does not appear to be any new major concentrated outbreaks at any of the terminals.
Although there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines now being rolled out, this is NOT the time to let down our guard. This is especially true for our front-line workers in the Express Division. The work you do is critical to the overall health and economy of the country. So please, continue to wear masks, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.
The holiday season was extremely busy overall and volumes have started to slow a bit. At this point, however, we have not seen a significant number of layoffs overall. There has, however, been a decline in the use of casuals in most areas.
As for AEI, we anticipate resuming negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement later this spring to succeed the current extension agreement that expires in December.