Metal Trades Department Workplace Guidance and Resources

COVID-19

PLEASE CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY AS THIS SITUATION IS RAPIDLY CHANGING.

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO is actively monitoring the situation. We are working closely with the AFL-CIO, our affiliated international unions, government agency partners, and employers to develop recommendations and guidelines.

Please check back frequently as this situation is rapidly developing.

COVID-19 Screening Tool

MEMO: Financial Relief Available to Labor Organizations and Benefit Funds under the CARES Act

 NEW—DOL COVID-19 Guidance:
 
 
 

NEW: Directives for Shelter in Place

Ingalls Has an App for Employees

FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING COVID-19 AND YOUR WORKPLACE CALL THE MTD HOTLINE

The Metal Trades Department Hotline

The MTD has set up a hotline to answer questions regarding the COVID-19 Virus and your workplace.

West Coast call: 202-508-3707

East Coast call: 202-508-3730

State Resources and Benefits Information from the AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO Updated Resources Page

The AFL-CIO updated resources page is for workers impacted by COVID-19. It’s a user-friendly tool to help people navigate all the resources available, from food-related security and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, to resources provided by state federations and central labor councils, to information about unemployment insurance in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It will be updated regularly with more resources and useful information. Please share this page with workers who are being affected.

Important Downloads Regarding COVID-19

About the Coronavirus Outbreak

“COVID-19,” a new coronavirus, has been identified as the cause of a cluster of severe pneumonia cases that emerged in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

Thousands of contacts are under observation and hundreds of cases have been confirmed in Wuhan. Additional cases have been identified in the United States and several other countries around the globe. 

About “COVID-19”

The virus is a coronavirus, which is a large family of viruses that can infect animals and/or humans. COVID-19 is similar to the viruses that cause SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome).

Symptoms include fever and/or symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as coughing or difficulty breathing.

With some viruses, the infectious period precedes symptoms and with other viruses it coincides with symptoms.

Human-to-human transmission is confirmed. However, whether the disease is transmitted via contact, droplet, or aerosol remains unknown. It is also unknown whether asymptomatic cases are infectious.

Employers Must Prepare to Keep Workers Safe

There is often debate about what actions to take and when they should be taken in situations where knowledge is lacking about a specific health threat. Employers often prioritize saving money over safe care and wait to act. Delay in action is unacceptable.

Stay Up-To-Date

Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information on this rapidly evolving situation.

Ways to protect yourself and others from coronavirus:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent Corona virus infection, the best way to protect yourself from infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The following advice from the UN lists everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.
  • Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers.
  • Avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals when visiting live markets in affected areas.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products and exercise care when handling raw meat, milk or eggs to avoid cross-contamination.

Latest News from the Department on COVID-19

MTD Cancels Regional Meetings

MTD Cancels Regional Meetings

Please be advised that due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the associated danger of travel, lodging and meeting with large groups for the participants and the unpredictable timetable being put forth in fully and safely addressing the national health and economic...

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FFCRA Poster and Frequently Asked Questions

FFCRA Poster and Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued the attached poster that covered employers have to post in their workplaces. The poster advises employees of their rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to paid leave and expanded benefits under the...

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Summary of the Provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Summary of the Provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Memo issued by President Hart on the Family First Coronavirus Response Act. This memorandum summarizes the provisions of the Response Act that are most salient to labor unions and group health plans. Specifically, this memorandum will focus on the Response Act’s provisions concerning: (1) emergency paid sick leave; (2) emergency family and medical leave; (3) unemployment insurance benefits; (4) health care provisions as they relate to employer-provided health coverage; and (5) employer tax credits for emergency family and medical leave
and emergency paid sick leave.

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Legislative Alert

AFL-CIO Urges Congress to Adopt Emergency Legislation to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

Press Release

New Guidelines Issued by Trump’s CDC Dangerous to Frontline Workers

Policy Statement

A Petition to Secretary Scalia for an OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease

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