A message to members of the Graphic Communications Conference from President Kurt Freeman.
Important COVID-19 News Updates – March 20, 2020
As we all know, we find ourselves in strange and unprecedented times. We don’t have a manual or training guide to take us through every situation that is going to come up. The situation is changing by the hour AND the plan we might come up with one minute is outdated the next. We just have to use good judgment and common sense. Each industry, and each workplace within each industry is different. BUT… the top priority through it all is keeping our members and the public as safe as possible.
BMWED President Freddie Simpson urged rail corporations to protect workers.
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.
We are in daily contact with our largest employers and our Locals. For example, with Anheuser-Busch, we have addressed issues regarding quarantines, personal protection equipment, etc. To date, we have not had anyone laid off at A-B. What we have found is that if a production line isn't running, then workers are assigned to cleaning machines, etc. to maintain the highest standards to protect our members.