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COVID-19 Updates
7/21/2020

Read the March email update here.
Read the April email update here.

COVID-19 UPDATES

We are facing uncharted territory when it comes to the novel virus COVID-19 and the impacts it may have on our health and economy. The Eastern Millwright Regional Council is monitoring updates regularly and want to be a source of information for our members during this time. This news posting will be updated with Council-related changes and state-wide resources as information becomes available. 

We urge all members to follow the CDC guidelines to keep you, your family and your Brothers and Sisters on the job site safe and healthy during this time. You can review the CDC guidelines here

Please submit your COVID-19 related questions to Gary Rogers at grogers@easternmillwrights.com. Gary can also be reached via phone at (508) 283-5555.


EASTERN MILLWRIGHT REGIONAL COUNCIL UPDATES AS OF JULY 24, 2020

  • The MACTC, NCATF and West Virginia training centers have been opened with reduced class sizes and following the COVID-19 protocols.
  • The KMLTF training centers will be open with normal operations starting September 2020.
  • The Carpenters Joint Apprentice Training Center of Philadelphia & Vicinity remains closed and are hosting online classes only.
  • The Syracuse Training Center opened on May 18th, 2020, with limited attendance permitted and following several safety precautions. Please visit our notice here for more information.
  • The Millbury Training Center is open and holding classes for Millwrights until the end of the Summer as the Allston Training Center building is now closed. Read the notice here.
  • The International Training Center has cancelled the 212 Journeymen, Third Year Apprentice and UBC Journeymen programs in July and August.
  • The CITF will be extending certification and qualification credentials (run through the CITF) for up to 180 days for those that are set to expire during the duration of training center closures.
  • The TSA has extended TWIC certifications by 180 days for expirations through March 1, 2020 to July 30, 2020. 
  • Virginia and Maryland (Local 219 and Local 443) members who are participants in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters Annuity Fund may qualify for a one time, lump sum distribution of up to $15,000 from their individual accounts. Click here to learn more and find out if you qualify.
  • The American Benefit Corporation has released additional information regarding special continuation of coverage options during COVID-19 for our West Virginia members in Local 443. Please read the notice here.
  • The Carpenters Benefits Fund of Philadelphia sent out a notice regarding amended health and welfare plan changes. Read the notice here.
  • A summary of the Northeast Carpenters Fund's material modification to the health fund plan can be found here.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Non-Essential jobs and construction sites have been shut down in my area. What does this mean for me?
Millwrights work is categorized as construction maintenance, an essential component to operation that ensures vital businesses remain functional. Unless your jobsite has contacted you and has closed out of an abundance of caution or by government order, please continue arriving to work. If you do not feel safe on the jobsite, please speak with your local Council Representative and take the steps you feel are necessary in order to protect yourself and your family.

I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and have a fever. What should I do?
Follow your state-mandated protocols. Resource links for each state are below. Please contact the Foreman on the job to let them know if you will not be able to return to work due to COVID-19 symptoms. Please let your Foreman know if you test positive for COVID-19. 

Someone in my house has COVID-19. Should I come in to work?
No. Follow your state-mandated recommendations (ex. call your PCP) to receive a test for Coronavirus. The federal government recommends anyone who has come in to contact with COVID-19 to remain in quarantine for 14 days. Do not risk infecting your Brothers and Sisters on the job site.  

What do I do if I lose my job due to COVID-19?
If your job has ended or you have been laid off due to COVID-19 and no other jobs are currently available, file for unemployment benefits as soon as possible. On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed a bill into law that expands unemployment benefits. Please place yourself on the Out of Work list so that we may contact you if jobs become available. Information on the out of work list can be found here.


RESOURCES

Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources
Please utilize this page if you are out of work due to COVID-19

Department of Labor Unemployment Resources
Please utilize this page to assist you in the unemployment application process

World Health Organization on COVID-19

Read General President Douglas J. McCaron's response to COVID-19 here.

State Links on Coronavirus: