This morning, Washington Gas management reneged on their promise to give us proposals and negotiate today on urgent COVID-19 health and safety issues.
We met with management on Wednesday and proposed an agreement that would cover:
Hazard Pay for the dangerous work we are doing in this crisis
Personal Protective Equipment to protect our health and safety
Informing Employees and Local 96 when members may have been exposed to COVID-19
- Additional Paid Leave for workers sick or quarantined because of COVID-19
Many other companies reached agreements on these issues weeks ago.
We made it clear to management that members’ concerns about COVID-19 urgently need to be addressed. Management’s response was to cancel today’s negotiations and put us off until next Tuesday.
We cannot afford to wait for management to decide that the health and safety of workers and the public deserve their attention. Our united action is needed now.
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Many Local 96 Teamsters have reported serious health and safety concerns about working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Teamsters Local 96 is collecting examples of problems that threaten worker safety and public health.
We are gathering this information on a confidential basis to share with OSHA, the Public Service Commission, concerned government officials, and the public as needed.
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