2020 Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19
A new coronavirus, COVID-19, has been identified as the cause of a cluster of severe pneumonia cases that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019.
Since then, the virus has spread to many countries. More cases are being identified daily. New York, particularly New York City, has become a hotspot for the virus.
Our Union has assembled some resources to help members stay safe, healthy, and informed. Together, we will overcome this.
What should I do if my workplace is unsafe?
Employers are required by law to maintain a workplace free of recognized dangers, such as coronavirus exposure. Unionized workers usually have contractual rights to health and safety too, but ALL workers have some basic rights.
If you are a member of Local 200United (or any union) and think your employer is not upholding their responsibility to provide a safe work site, consult your contract (you likely have a right to refuse to work in an unsafe environment) and contact your union steward or representative immediately.
If you are not currently a union member, you still have the right to demand safe working conditions! Federal law gives private sector workers the right to engage in “concerted activity” to improve their working conditions without retaliation. Basically, this means that the boss can’t legally fire or punish employees who are working together towards a common goal related to their jobs. Bosses don’t always follow the rules though, so we highly encourage you to reach out to us so we can support you.