Thursday, May 21, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The company has introduced numerous additional safety guidelines around the requirements to wear a mask while at work. I have urged the company to use common sense in its enforcement. Managers must involve your union representative over issues arising due to the mask-wearing policy. At this time, there is no end date for this requirement.
Another safety requirement implemented at the guidance of St. Louis County Health, is the requirement that all employees check their temperature before arriving at work. Since this action is considered work-related, I have secured an agreement with the company that all IAM members will receive an additional six (6) minutes to one of their paid daily breaks. This agreement will remain in place for as long as the requirement for employees to check their temperature before arriving at work is in place.
Seniority List Review
This week, the union began distributing copies of the member seniority list in DRAFT form. Members should see their shop steward to view. Any errors should be documented and reported to your plant chairman to be corrected.
Note: The Annual Guide Dogs Golf Tournament scheduled for June 21st has been canceled. It will be rescheduled at a later date when it can be safely conducted.
As a reminder, due to COVID-19, many of the Guide Dogs Events have been canceled throughout the country, but the necessity for donations is still there for those in need of their resources. We are requesting that our members sign up for payroll deductions for Guide Dogs of America. Please see your shop steward or plant chairman for an enrollment form.
On behalf of your union leadership, I wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day. Please be safe.
Earl Schuessler, PDBR IAM District 837