This portion of Local 11's website will stay up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic issues affecting our members and contractors. We will also be updating social media as situations change.
As the Federal Government and State / Local Governments take a war footing in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic our office and working hours may be impacted. While we are working closely with the General Contractors and Signatory Contractors involved with our trade, we are following all governmental guidelines concerning COVID-19. We want our members to know that we will do everything we can to maintain the functionality of our Union. We will make sure that our members are informed of the quickly changing scenarios surrounding COVID-19 which may impact workers manning job sites.
We will also be posting on Social Media and sending out Constant Contact emails so that we can reach as many of our members as possible!
We are also working with our attorneys to determine exactly how new government legislation will be helping our members during difficult times.
We want all of our members and their families to stay safe! Please follow these simple guidelines so that you and your family members stay as healthy as possible!
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
We are reaching out to you with information on how our trade is being affected by the global pandemic known as the Coronavirus (or COVID-19).
The city of Chicago wants to keep jobsites open. They are keeping the planning department fully staffed to get out as many permits as possible.
General Contractors will be:
Putting more handsanitizer on jobsites
Will be sanitizing jobsites nightly, instead of weekly
Stagger start times, lunch, and break times
Purchasing body infrared thermometers: Tradesmen will be scanned everyday at the start of work. If someone has a fever, they will be sent home to be quarantined, the General Contractor will then notify the sub-contractor who will notify the Union. STAY AT HOME IF YOU HAVE A FEVER AND ARE SICK! YOU COULD PUT OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES IN DANGER! If you are having trouble breathing and have an intense fever, seek medical help immediately!
If you are currently laid off and not working, or sick and unable to go to a jobsite you are entitled to Unemployment Insurance. The government has extended Unemployment Insurance to include those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working with our Contractors and various General Contractors to help keep our members working as much as possible.
AGAIN: IF YOU ARE SICK STAY AT HOME! DO NOT PUT YOUR FELLOW BROTHERS AND SISTERS AT RISK!
Make sure your Contractors are AWARE:
• Members should not be punished or otherwise disciplined by their employer for calling in sick during this pandemic.
• Workers who are asked to continue working during this period should have access to appropriate protective safeguards (i.e., sanitary wipes or hand sanitizer, breaks for washing or cleaning hands, masks, safety-equipment, etc.).
• Workers may be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits if they are infected with the coronavirus as a result of employment.
• Workers may have additional paid sick leave available if they become ill or need to care for a sick family member.
• Both the NLRA and OSHA provide protections to employees who believe they are being forced to work in unsafe conditions. If a member feels they are being forced to work in an unsafe condition, the union should determine whether workplace protections are in line with existing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and other agencies. Deviations that expose members to unsafe conditions could be grounds for refusing to work.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call our office at (708) 345-0970. Our office will still be fully staffed to ensure our Union is operational for our Contractors and Members.
March 21st, 28th and ALL 3rd & 5th year classes scheduled for the next two weeks have been cancelled! If you have any questions please call the Apprenticeship Office at (708) 246-4488
All individuals are urged to take basic preventative measures to avoid exposure or infection by the virus causing COVID-19. Please consult the CDC’s website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for guidance and recommendations.
For up-to-date recommendations and guidance about travel to and from affected areas and other COVID-19 topics, please consult the CDC’s website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers.
We have had a few members question if they still have to pay dues. Since there has been no shut down of our trade or workers, we will continue to collect dues as necessary to maintain the functionality of our Union.
Our office doors will be LOCKED. CASH PAYMENTS CAN ONLY BE LEFT DURING BUSINESS HOURS(6AM-3PM)! When dropping a cash payment off you can put it into the Union's locked mailbox. YOU WILL NEED TO CALL US AT (708)345-0970 and tell us you have dropped it off!
When dropping off your dues: Please include your Name, Address, and Member number and a phone number.
We ask our membership to try as hard as possible to pay online with a credit card or using your checking or savings accounts. You can also pay by mail by using personal checks or money orders. We have a locked mailbox for checks and money order payments in front of the Union Office (ABSOLUTELY NO CASH IN MAILBOX AFTER BUSINESS HOURS PLEASE: WE CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IF YOUR MONEY IS STOLEN!).
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United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
2021 Swift Drive Suite A, Oak Brook, IL 60523