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UPE News Item

DHA Reopening Plan 

Follow Up Meet and Confer 6/19/20 

UPE and DHA continued their discussions of the Department’s reopening plan on June 19, 2020.  UPE made it clear to the Department that we do not believe that workers should be placed at work locations less than six feet apart.  The Department affirmed that workers will not have to work in these conditions, but still could not provide floor plans demonstrating that cubicles are properly distanced.  

After pressure from UPE, the Department did commit to supplying masks to any worker that requests one and supplies of masks are to be available now.  In addition, UPE pressed the Department to provide workers with greater assurance and information following reports of positive tests at worksites.  As of now, the Department will only commit to issuing bureau-wide communications announcing a positive test.  

UPE made the following proposals to the Department, which plans to respond on Monday June 22nd.  

1. The Department should continue to offer paid administrative leave (PAL) pending resolution of outstanding safety concerns.

2. The Department should make masks available to all workers and notify them of the availability of masks.

3. Remove all workers from controlled leave and suspend the use of controlled leave for the foreseeable future for the health and safety of all workers.

4. Convert all half cubicle walls to the height of full cubicles. 

The Department has committed to continuing discussions with UPE and UPE will continue to update workers on these meetings.  As workers return to work, UPE recommends that workers report all safety concerns to their supervisors and notify their Business Agent and/or steward if there are any issues getting a resolution.   

 

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