Thank you for your continued commitment to health and safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, there has been an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate as well as a surge in hospitalizations and deaths caused in large part by the emergence of new variants. Local 4 members have truly led by example during these uncertain and difficult times, and in light of new CDC guidelines, we are increasing efforts to ensure the health and safety of all members, employees, and their families.
Until further notice, a mask mandate is in place for visitors and employees of all three branches – Union Hall, Funds Office, and Training Center – as well as for Executive Board and body meetings. This policy will apply to all indoor Local 4 venues, and to those that are vaccinated and unvaccinated.
Additionally, for the safety of our members and their families, all employees of the Union Hall, Funds Office, and Training Center will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot when they are eligible in accordance with CDC recommendations.
The CDC is following the details of this new variant and working with other U.S. and global public health partners to monitor its path and learn more about it. The CDC will provide updates on Omnicron as more information becomes available.
For over 120 years, we’ve faced our share of challenges, and we’ve overcome them time and again. I will continue this trend, especially when it comes to the health and safety of our Brothers and Sisters. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to actively make decisions for the recovery and safety of our communities.
William D. McLaughlin
Operating Engineers Local 4