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UPDATE FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE BOARD
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to place an enormous economic strain on our industry, we must all continue to stay vigilant of our health as not just individuals, but those all around us at work and at home. This pandemic is far from over, and the theory that summer weather may help reduce transmission has not proven to be a resolution. As a matter of fact there has been a significant uptick in cases in a few locations nationwide. OSHA has published the Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 in which they identify four levels of occupational levels of risk. By applying good hygiene (frequent hand washing/sanitizing, covering coughs/sneezes) and proper physical distancing (minimum 6 feet) from others, as dispatchers we fall into the Low Risk category. However, without following the precautions established by both OSHA and the CDC we could easily fall into the Medium Risk category. All our employers should have EPA-approved disinfectants readily available for our workstations and we each must ensure it is being used. If personal protective resources are not available, please inform management directly or notify your local union representative so it can be immediately addressed. Furthermore, the CDC currently recommends that everyone wear cloth face coverings when leaving their homes, regardless of whether they have symptoms of COVID-19. This is because of evidence that people with COVID-19 can spread the disease even when they do not have symptoms. Depending where you live this may also be a requirement while out in public or even flying on some of our own carriers. Because of this TWU 592 has ordered cloth facemasks for all our members that we hope to have delivered in the next few weeks. A common question being asked is “Why would I wear a cloth mask when it won’t protect me from getting COVID?” The answer is this; you are right – it won’t really protect you from getting it, but it does prevent you from spreading it to others when you don’t know you have it. Wearing a mask is about those around you and their loved ones! We will get through this pandemic as a strong Union by each of us being responsible members.
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The TWU Air Division launched a podcast!
Click here to listen to the inaugural episode. TWU Local 513 Strategic Action Coordinator Brian Parker hosts, along with TWU Air Division Coordinator Gary Peterson.
Gary explains what the Air Division is, who’s in the Division and how it works in support of the locals. He also talks about planning ahead for campaigns and the importance of member involvement to support campaigns.
You can also find episodes on the TWU Air Division webpage.
Stay tuned for a second episode this week!
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