Las Vegas, NV – A coalition of Nevada unions have sent letters to elected Nevada legislative senate and assembly representatives, Las Vegas city council, and the Clark County Commissioners urging that political leaders ensure workers have the highest standard of personal protective equipment (PPE) by passing regulations and holding hearings that address safety issues.
Culinary Union, SEIU 1107, National Nurses United, and UFCW 711 represent over 100,000 workers across Nevada. In the letter, the coalition urges elected officials to:
1) Prioritize legislation and action at the state level to protect the health and safety of working families.
2) Call on the gaming industry, hospital corporations, and grocery stores to provide the optimal PPE and masks for all workers, customers, and guests.
3) Require customers and guests in the gaming, hospital, and grocery industries to wear masks.
“We believe that all workers dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, whether it’s healthcare workers, cafeteria workers, casino workers, public service workers or grocery store workers, deserve to be protected,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for Culinary Union. “Essential workers put their lives on the line each day to keep us healthy, they support frontline healthcare workers, and they get us what we need to make it through this crisis. All workers deserve the highest level of protective gear to protect themselves and their families during this pandemic. No worker should fear getting their families sick because they don’t have the right protective gear.”
“Healthcare, retail, hospitality, delivery drivers, and all other essential frontline workers across Nevada (and the country) report that they are not receiving the proper staffing, PPE, education, and communication from their employers needed to protect Nevadans from this devastating pandemic,” said Grace Vergara-Mactal, Executive Director SEIU Local 1107. “At a moment when we are asking frontline workers to step up and protect people, we must be able to protect them as well.”
“Workplace protections, including optimal PPE, to prevent worker exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 must be based on the precautionary principle—that employers should not wait for proof of harm before taking action to protect workers—and on the growing scientific knowledge regarding transmission of this virus: that asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic infections play a significant role in the rapid spread of this virus and that this virus is transmitted not just through contact with contaminated surfaces and large respiratory droplets created by sneezes or coughs, but also through small respiratory particles that remain suspended in and travel through the air,” said Zachary Pritchett, RN, National Nurses United.
“Working people must have a seat at the table to address this crisis and during the ongoing recovery process,” said Mike Gittings, President UFCW Local 711. “Our unions demand it and we need the help of elected leaders to ensure working families are protected.”
UFCW 711 recommends you speak to your healthcare provider with any COVID questions you may have, including those regarding testing. However, if your health care provider has been unable to arrange testing, you may want to try the resources listed below. Keep in mind, Local 711 is unable to evaluate, recommend, or endorse any of the entities on this list. We are providing this solely on an informational basis. As always, please take steps to determine which medical providers, if any, are right for you and your family.
Southern Nevada Health District- 702-759-1000
UNLV School of Medicine – 702-583-4408
Washoe County Health District – 775-328 2427
Salt Lake City Area
COVID-19 Information hotline: 1-800-456-7707
Salt Lake County Health Department-: 385-468-4100
University of Utah hospital: 801-581-2121
Steward Health Care providers, below – 801-984-1577.
Davis Hospital & Medical Center
Jordan Valley Medical Center
Mountain Point Medical Center
Washington County area Health Dept: (435) 673-3528
Iron County Health Dept: (435) 673-3528
Intermountain Healthcare Cedar City: (435) 868-5000
Dixie Regional Medical Center: (435) 251-1000
COVID-19 Hotline at 844-442-5224
Ephraim Clinic- (435) 283-4076
Tri-County Health Department: (435) 247-1177
Indian Health service: 435-725-6815
Uintah Basin Medical Center: (435) 722-4691
The CDC now recommends wearing a face covering when in public areas. Experts agree that wearing a mask is a good idea if you are caring for a sick person so you can reduce the chances that you’ll become infected. Face coverings can be made out of dense cloth or home-made by using bandannas, sweaters or towels and should cover both nose and mouth. Ideally, they should be washed after each use with detergent and hot water, then dried on hot cycle.
Here's how you can make one today, in just a few easy steps: pic.twitter.com/eFuE7Brw0J
— U.S. Surgeon General (@Surgeon_General) April 4, 2020
On April 8 2020, UFCW Local 711 President Michael Gittings, sent a letter to Governor Steve Sisolak regarding the grocery store and Food Processing Facilities safety measures.
Please click the link below to read the full text of the letter to Governor Sisolak.
Local 711 members received automated calls of 4/9/2020 with the following message. If your phone showed a missed call from the union office, this message was the likely reason:
This is an informational call about COVID 19 for the members of Local 711.
This is Michael Gittings, calling for UFCW 711.
To protect eachother from Coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control has recommended that everyone wear face covering, or masks, while out in public.
This includeds while you work or shop in a grocery or other retail store.
visit ufcw711.com for a short video on how to make your own masks! It’s quick, its easy, and the mask is washable, and re-usable.
Remember, you still need to keep your distance from others, at least 6 feet is recommended.
Again, that’s UFCW711.com.
Thank you, and be safe.