All Unit Meetings in May have been cancelled by President-Business Manager Terry McGoldrick to reduce person-to-person contact and possible exposure. IBEW Sixth District Vice-President David Ruhmkorff has authorized the cancellation, per the IBEW Constitution.
IBEW Local 15 Business Representatives have been continuously discussing the rapidly changing situation with all of our employers; Vistra, NRG, Exelon Generation, Exelon Business Services, Franklin Energy, Johnson Controls and Commonwealth Edison. COVID-19 has afflicted dozens of our members and caused many more to be quarantined.
Every day, members are off work either recuperating or quarantined for fourteen days after direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 sufferer. Some reporting locations including Heavy Hauling, Transmission Underground, Call Center, and Network Highrise Group, have been particularly hard hit.
To our members who work in Heavy Hauling, our Union extends our condolences on the loss of their long time Supervisor Larry Mason on April 28th.
IBEW 15 Business Representatives have been participating on the Sixth District conference calls with other IBEW Local Unions that represent workers at utilities and generating stations across the midwestern states. The Sixth District encompasses about 113,000 Electrical Workers in one hundred and ten Local Unions. Most of those unions are negotiating temporary agreements with their employers to address issues such as sequestration at worksites, remote working and reporting, sick leave policy, health screenings, and family care.
All of our 5153 members have remained gainfully employed during this worldwide disaster.
Our Stewards have been busy addressing the numerous issues as they come up in the workplace.
Electrical Workers recognize the hazards and reduce the risks of our work. Keep six feet from others, wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid touching your face. Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Postpone non-essential work.
Don’t come to work if you are sick; don’t risk spreading the virus to your coworkers and their families. Call your doctor and contact your supervisor. Rather than going into a medical office, most employees have been told to stay home to recover, watch for COVID-19 symptoms, and keep in contact with their doctor.