Hello Brother and Sisters,
This has been an historic time for our Union, our Country, and the Whole World. We have all been tested through the fear of the unknown and frustrated by the process that has controlled our lives. We have faced an enemy that no weapons, no military force, nor any amount of governmental intelligence could prevent. We have had a dedicated group of health care workers and emergency responders that have put their own health at risk to help others.
But as in past disasters this pandemic has brought out the best in our members. I would like to recognize all of the Union Members who volunteered their time and put their own health at risk to provide guidance to members who were in need during these trying times. We have proven what a Union is all about by helping our fellow brothers and sisters.
This past Monday, May 11th several of our Union leaders were asked to meet with the Company to discuss our plants partial ramp up. We went through the Covid 19 training that is now required to enter the plant. This training followed the CDC guidelines. The Company is temporarily requiring face masks, and there have been changes to our break rooms, locker rooms, time clocks and the entrance gate. Diversified employees were asked to come in this week to clean and sanitize different areas of the plant.
Members are now being contacted to start the machines and begin producing tires.
All shifts are running with partial crews. Members that are not required to come in are able to continue with unemployment benefits. Members that have exhausted all unemployment benefits and assistance will draw SUB pay. Goodyear members that are called into work during the middle of the week, without the opportunity to make 40 hours will be paid short work week SUB pay.
The company has also announced their intent to cancel our 4th of July shut down week.
I have voiced the Union’s concerns over the reopening of our plant. We have articulated that the safety of our members is our primary concern and one person catching the Corona virus is one person too many. There has been a lot asked of our Union members and we plan to voice any concerns or issues and fight to protect every person in our USW 959 membership.
I hope our members have used their time off to spend time with their families, heal their bodies and appreciate all the blessings our Union has afforded us. I honestly believe we will survive this invisible enemy through fortitude and prayers.
USW L959 President