CWA District 1 Coronavirus News & Updates
Are you a healthcare worker? Click here for info and updates for healthcare workers.
Updates March 20:
- Read the Union Letter to Congress signed by CWA, AFL-CIO, AFT, UAW, Teamsters, and others
- Read our letter to Governor Cuomo here
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment.
CWA's Health and Safety department has established a process for locals to report on what protections employers have put in place, as well as for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, contact your healthcare provider immediately and follow reporting procedures established by your employer. Also notify your Local or District 1 as soon as possible. Find your Local.
As of March 19, 2020, New York State has enacted new laws regarding:
- Unemployment Insurance
- Paid Family Leave
- Workers' Compensation
- Emergency Paid Leave
- Emergency Unpaid Leave
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Protocols at Your Workplace
Local health and safety committees are sharing information with members on protocols for avoiding infection at their workplaces. CWA is in constant communication with our members' employers at this time to ensure that our workplaces are safe and workers are protected. We’re reviewing the latest State and Federal legistation on paid sick leave related to COVID-19 quarantine and illness, and analyzing the impact that it’ll have on our members.
If You Think Your Working Conditions Put You at Risk
If you have concerns about the risks you face in the workplace, you should consult with your steward or a Local officer for advice. Click here for more information on your rights if you are concerned about COVID-19 exposure.
Because conditions vary across the country and are changing constantly, your Local leadership will have the most up-to-date information on policies in place at your work location to address the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a question and are unable to contact your steward or Local officers, click here to submit your question and CWA's National staff will route it to the appropriate person for response.
As the Coronavirus continues to spread, it is critically important that Congress take immediate steps to protect workers. Many workers in this country don’t have paid sick or family leave, and even those that do may not have leave that is adequate in the face of the COVID-19 panic. They may face tremendous financial hardship if they or someone they care for becomes ill or if they need to care for a child whose school is closed. Take action now to demand Congress extend paid sick days and paid family leave to all workers by passing the P.A.I.D. Leave Act: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/paidleaveact/.
These resources provide more information on how to protect yourself from coronavirus infection, what to do if you are sick, and how to address the risk of infection in your workplace: