Hertz, the rental-car company employing Teamsters nationwide, increased layoffs today from 80 to 90 percent of staff, with half of management being laid off.
This is a rapidly evolving situation. This fact sheet will be updated online as needed. See links at the end of this fact sheet for the most up-to-date information.
COVID-19 is spreading rapidly within the United States. The outbreak has been declared a national emergency in the United States and a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Protecting workers who engage in local and suburban passenger transportation by bus, rail, or subway should be a high priority so that they can continue to provide transportation services without getting sick or spreading the infection to their communities.
The application deadline for the JRHMSF has been extended to April 14.
Your First Student National Master Agreement Negotiating has reached numerous tentative agreements on various issues that are important to our members. For more information, click here.
Workers and employers involved in EMS or other medical transport operations will likely need to adopt guidelines for the mobile work environment. That may mean relying on personal protective equipment (PPE)such as respirators to protect workers when the use of isolation rooms or other isolation mechanisms are not practical and when the staff has potentially prolonged, close contact with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients in transit. View the information and checklist, here.
Teamcare is working with medical professionals and has posted some COVID-19 information on their website. Under the heading, "TeamCare Answers Your Questions about the Coronavirus" you will find up-to-date information which may be helpful.
Kansas Teamsters are lauding the state legislature for the introduction of House Bill 2315, which will extend unemployment insurance to school bus workers employed by private companies.