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Brothers and Sisters,

This time of the year, many of us are working in hot, humid conditions. It’s on all of us to make sure everyone gets home safe and sound. A heat emergency has been declared in the City of Boston from Tuesday, July 19 through Thursday, July 21.

Our CBA states that our contractors are responsible for providing drinking water on the job sites for their employees. If you’re a foreman, please make sure our brothers and sisters are safe and hydrated on the job.

Here are some of the other ways in which you can stay safe in the heat.
  • Take breaks in the shade
  • When possible, wear a hat and light-colored clothing
  • Wear sunblock and reapply often
  • Keep an eye on your coworkers

Heat exhaustion can come on quickly. Know the signs so you can act quickly in case someone needs help. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea or vomiting; and/or fainting.

Thank you for doing your part.

In Solidarity,

Jim Lister
Business Manager/Financial Secretary