Sisters and Brothers,
We hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe.
As you all know, this past March, Mayor Marty Walsh closed down all construction in the city of Boston to try and mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Some people were dismayed that he took such a drastic step, some said he was too quick, but we find it refreshing that Boston has a mayor, who comes from a construction trades background understands, cares and respects workers enough that he put their health and safety above the developers profits.
Last night the mayor said that the city will remain closed past the original date set to reopen on May 4th. There is talk about a possible lift of the moratorium on a later date in May.
With that said, we wanted to touch base to update the membership on some of the things Local 6, along with MetroBTC and MassBTC have being working on in order to get our membership back to work in safe and responsible manner.
We are working as a group with the mayor, the Building Trades, the General Contractors and our own signatory contractors to reopen the cities construction sites in a safe and responsible manner.
As a collaborative, we have put together draft policy making guidelines and general requirements in order to reopen and keep these construction sites open. They will include; Education & Awareness, Mitigation Plans, Preventative & Hygiene Measures, Social Site Controls, Emergency Procedures and Compliance Measures. Some of these measures will stretch the boundaries of our Collective Bargaining Contract. We will determine how much, if any, stretching will be tolerated. But we must work together to get through this difficult time.
You can feel confident that we are doing everything in our power to make sure your concerns are being heard and addressed. The Covid-19 virus is not going away anytime soon or at least until the scientists find a cure/vaccine. These measures may be in place for some time moving forward. We hope our members will take these measures seriously and understand their responsibilities to mitigate any unforeseeable issues. Union members know better than anyone, that when we stick together, we can accomplish great things.
If there are any questions, never hesitate to call either, Jim Lister @ (617) 291-9626 or Jeff Saliba, @ (617) 293-6368 or at the Hall ( 617) 436-4666
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Thank you for your time and your patience.
Be Safe – Stay Healthy
Massachusetts COVID-19 Employee Health, Protection, Guidance & Prevention