Covid 19 Updates

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IDOL Alerts Local Officials on Hiring for Public Works Projects – July 2, 2020
Mayor Lightfoot and CDPH Reaffirm Chicago to Begin Cautious Reopening On – June 3, 2020
Governor JB Pritzker recently released specific guidelines for Phase 3 re-opening – May 29th, 2020
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Unveils Restore Illinois Plan – May 6, 2020
Perinar: Importance of Unions More Obvious Than Ever – May 4, 2020
TV Commercial Featuring EST Gary Perinar Thanking Members – April 30, 2020
Illinois Stay-At-Home Extended Now Until May 30th – April 23, 2020
CRCC Members Help Reopen Westlake Hospital WATCH VIDEO – April 23, 2020
UBC COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification – April 13, 2020
Video Message from EST Gary Perinar to CRCC Members – April 6, 2020
CRCC Helps Build Care Facility at McCormick Place to Contain Spread of Coronavirus – April 6, 2020
DOL Regulations on Families First Coronavirus Response Act – April 6, 2020
URGENT MESSAGE From EST Gary Perinar on Monthly Member Dues – April 1, 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE From EST Gary Perinar on Welfare Fund Improvements – March 27, 2020
COVID-19 Update – Illinois Stay At Home Order Extended – March 31, 2020
Information on Provisions in the Federal CARES Act – March 30, 2020
A Message From UBC General President Douglas J. McCarron on COVID-19 – March 27, 2020
Midwest Coalition of Labor (MCL) Credit Union Offering Skip-a-Payment Program – March 26, 2020
UBC Issues 90 Day CITF Qualification/Certification Extension – March 23, 2020
EST Perinar’s Message on COIV-19 Stay at Home Order– March 20, 2020
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker Identifies Construction as “Essential” – March 20, 2020
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker Issues Stay at Home Order, Exempts Construction – March 20, 2020
A Letter From the General President – UBC General President Doug McCarron – March 19, 2020
Chicago Regional Council’s Changes to Operating Procedures– March 18, 2020
UPDATED Illinois Department of Employment Security Q & A – April 28, 2020

FAQs:

Should I Stay Home from Work?

Our members take pride in their training, professionalism and sense of duty. Governor Pritzker has identified construction as “essential” because many are building hospitals and other healthcare facilities to help treat patients infected with COVID-19. It’s important to maintain contact with your employers to understand when you are scheduled for work and make every effort to report if you are symptom-free and feel comfortable doing so. All employees on the jobsite should follow the advice of experts in practicing social distancing, proper hygiene, and other protective measures suggested here. Those members who show any symptoms should report that to their supervisors and should refer to the CDC guidelines.

Do I have to be symptom-free to go to work?

During this state of emergency, employers are legally allowed to require employees to be symptom-free in order to be on the jobsite.

If I worked around someone, and had no contact, but later they tested positive, will I get the virus?

Not necessarily, but you should monitor yourself for 14 days and if you become symptomatic, then call a medical professional to determine how to proceed. The project should follow the procedure from the CDC. Hygiene and washing hands are so critical to stopping the spread.

If I have a concern that my job site has been exposed to COVID-19, should I continue working?

No, you should immediately leave the jobsite and contact your Local Business Representative or the Regional Council’s Safety Department at 312-787-3076.

If I have a concern that a project may not be following the CDC guidelines, who should I contact?

Contact your steward, local union or the Regional Council at 312-787-3076. Please provide specific information. All the guidelines for the workplace can be found here.

If I refuse to work because of the virus, can my employer fire me?

No, your employer cannot fire you. Employees are not required to go to work under conditions which may expose them to a safety hazard.

Can I file for unemployment if I’m not working?

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. For more information, including how to file a claim, visit the IDES website here. Please note: employees who voluntarily quit their positions generally are not entitled to compensation. However, when circumstances exist that would compel an employee to quit, the employee may be eligible for compensation.

Does the Family Medical Leave Act apply if my minor child’s school is closed due to the virus?

Yes, the FMLA was recently amended to include circumstances where an employee is unable to work due to the need to care for a minor son or daughter whose school or place of care has been closed.

Is mill-cabinet industrial work considered construction work under the Governor’s Order?

Yes, like construction work, mill industrial work is considered an Essential Function and should continue.

Are Training Centers and Apprenticeship Classes Open?

Yes. For up-to-date information on training centers, please visit the CRCC Apprentice and Training Program website.

Are Local Offices Open?

Yes, but for the safety of our members and staff, and to limit in-person contact, we ask that whenever possible you pay your dues via mail, or over the phone. Local union offices will remain open during their normal business hours, but please call ahead prior to making an in-person visit.

Is the CRCC Office Open?

Our staff is focused on serving our members. The Regional Council’s office will also remain open during our normal business hours. Your representatives will continue to be a resource to members and active in their duties on jobsites.

RESOURCES:

Message from UBC General President Douglas McCarron
COVID-19 Preparedness Qualification Course Sign Up Now!
Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Welfare & Pension Funds Office
CRCC Safety Program
CRCC Local Union Directory
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Page
Illinois Department of Employment Security
Federal Stimulus Package Unemployment Benefits
Illinois Department of Public Health
Iowa Workforce Development
Iowa Department of Public Health
How to Cope with Anxiety About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
World Health Organization
Illinois State Board of Education
John Hopkins Worldwide Interactive Map COVID-19
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