Brothers and Sisters,

     The administration of your Local Union remains steadfast in its commitment to keep you up to date during this ever-changing environment. Over the weekend, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Emily Doucette, and the Health Commissioner for the City of St. Louis, Dr. Frederick Echols, both issued Stay-At-Home orders in an attempt to prevent or slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

However, both the City and County have exempted essential facilities as well as most construction work in their respective orders. As stated at the onset of this crisis, the health and safety of our members is our foremost concern.

I’m certain that some of our members are relieved by the exemptions, but I am also sure that other members have growing concerns. Regardless of the exemptions, both orders mandate adherence to social distancing and preventative measures, which includes maintaining a six-foot distance between you and other individuals, washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible, using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into your sleeve or elbow), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, not shaking hands, and especially staying home if you feel ill.I also ask that you discuss any concerns you may have with your employer. Employers should be very cognizant of the challenges we are facing. Employers should also be taking every precaution to keep you safe since OSHA has made clear that COVID-19 can count as a recordable illness depending on the circumstances.

Please be reminded the hall is closed to walk-in traffic. However, the hall is staffed and available for all services. Office staff and Business Representatives and Financial Office are here and available if you need their assistance or they are needed for a problem on the jobsite or at your facility. If you have any need please do not hesitate to contact the office between 7:00am and 4:30pm. If you need to get a hold of a Business Representative after hours and do not have their cell phone number, you can call the hall and use the directory to contact the Business Representative you want to speak with, at which point your call will be routed to their cell phone.

Members are encouraged to contact their employer and sign up for direct deposit, this will help with payroll departments that are operating from home adhering to the stay-at-home orders.

Please be Safe!

In Solidarity,
Frank Jacobs
Business Manager
IBEW, Local #1