On NPR's Morning Edition today, Michael Whitehead, a port truck driver in California, spoke about the impact of COVID-19 at the ports. Michael is a misclassified port truck driver. Misclassification is an illegal practice that companies employ to avoid basic workplace protections like minimum wage, health insurance, disability and more. The Teamsters Union is standing with port workers, assisting with resources in English and Spanish so that they can apply for unemployment benefits.
A dispute with nurses at DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit highlights growing anxieties among front-line hospital workers as a surge in cases of the coronavirus grows in metro Detroit.
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Your union can play a crucial role in making sure that your employer takes action, in advance of the pandemic, so that safety and health measures are in place to protect the workforce. This fact sheet outlines some actions that your union can take to help make your employer ready.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared that due to the global outbreak of disease, COVID-19 is a pandemic1. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (community spread) in affected areas. The virus can cause mild to severe respiratory illness, at times resulting in death, both in healthy adults as well as in elderly people with existing health problems or a weaker immune system.
While some of the industry's largest companies have expanded leave policies and raised hourly wages, smaller operators may be less equipped to adapt.