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UPE News Item

005 Meet & Confer Update

Animal Care Return to Work Plan

        On July 29th, 2020, UPE met with the Animal Care Department to discuss their return to work plan. Animal Care is one of UPE’s smallest locations with fewer than ten members. The department claims to have enough space to ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed, but the situation becomes questionable regarding the “front counter” and the amount of space between workers. The department states that they have distanced workers, but there are no dividers between them.     

      The department was willing to look into dividers at the counter, which leaves us hopeful that they are willing to do what it takes to keep workers safe. There is a plexiglass window separating our members from the public, but UPE would like to verify conditions by doing a walk through to ensure that our folks are able to work with proper spacing. Each area is marked to indicate distancing measures to the public and signage has been posted for the protection of all. The department has made face coverings mandatory for workers and the public when inside the shelter.

      The department confirmed that they have ample PPE as well as hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. There is no walk-in traffic allowed and only those with an appointment for adoption may enter at this time. The department, with the help of DPS, has committed to notifying everyone of any possible exposure. They understand that names are confidential but allowing employees the opportunity to leave if they feel unsafe is especially important.       

      Currently, there is little to no work that can be done remotely, and due to their hours, shifts cannot be staggered, but the size of the facility and the low number of staff will aid in keeping our folks safe during this pandemic.       

      UPE would like to thank 005 governing board directors Brian Williams and Dawn Richardson for attending this meeting. 

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