COVID-19 is spreading rapidly within the United States. President Trump has declared the outbreak a national emergency, as have many states. Nurses and other healthcare workers are responding by caring for patients with COVID-19 in many communities. Protecting healthcare workers from exposure should be a high priority so that they can continue to care for patients without getting sick or spreading the infection to their communities. View the factsheet, here.
The Teamsters Tankhaul Division is monitoring developments in our industry during the COVID-19 national emergency. We are working with employers and local unions to ensure safe conditions and continued employment.
Due to newspapers being considered an essential service, the presses at local and national newspapers are running and on schedule. I have talked to a number of locals across the country and I have not heard about any layoffs. Everyone is working.
Despite the national emergency, some projects at energy plants nationwide are continuing. Teamsters provide bus transportation at these construction sites and therefore extra cleaning has been undertaken for the buses in order to comply with CDC guidelines. In some cases, we have increased the number of busses in order to comply with social distancing suggestions.
The Teamsters Bakery and Laundry Conference is working closely with local unions, employers and individual members to ensure safe working conditions and continuous employment in these industries during the coronavirus outbreak.
As the coronavirus spreads throughout our country, the Teamsters Carhaul Division has been working to protect our members' livelihoods.
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.
This guidance, based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, applies to all first responders, including law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services (EMS), and emergency management officials, who anticipate close contact with persons with confirmed or possible COVID-19 in the course of their work.