My Sisters and Brothers,
As we all deal with this unprecedented crisis together, I want my UAW family to know that your union, this office and the entire International Executive Board is working around the clock to keep our members and our communities safe. I am deeply concerned for all of us during this unpredictable situation, and my prayers especially go out to any one of my brothers and sisters, family, community and friends who may be sick or facing especially difficult hardships as a result of this pandemic.
I want you to know that for our members who are still in the workforce, we are working with health officials, government officials and the companies in all sectors to diligently monitor this virus to keep our members safe. I want to thank you for the work you are doing. For those companies whose services or products are non-essential, we are demanding that they put our members first and send them home to their families. We are using every means in our power to make those companies who have refused to heed health officials and governmental warnings do the right thing and send our people home. And I pledge to you that we will not stop making this demand and fighting for our members.
For those brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis — health care workers, firefighters, police — we are working to do everything possible to keep you safe. I want to thank you for the absolutely critical work you’re doing and for the courage to report to work. I know it is a terrible strain on you and your families and we are all indebted to you. I pray for your safety.
For those members at home, and for all of us, please follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The difficult decision by governors across this nation, including today’s announcement by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, to issue stay-at-home orders are essential in stemming the spread of this virus and saving lives. I urge everyone, please heed these orders and the CDC precautions.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people — at least 6 feet.
For more, please see the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV) and UAW (https://uaw.org/coronavirus/) sites. We must support one another through these difficult days. I urge everyone to please try to stay calm and informed. We will continue updating our members as new developments occur. My prayers are with my entire UAW family. We are all in this together.
Rory L. Gamble
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