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 The Governor has issued an executive order starting Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. a Stay at Home order.  

 

This order allows workers in the following critical services categories to continue to go to work:

  • Workers in skilled trades related to construction of all kind. 
  • Workers engaged in roadway construction, maintenance and utility projects
  • Workers performing public workers construction including construction of critical or strategic infrastructure.
  • Construction materials suppliers and workers providing services necessary to maintain construction materials sources.
  • Workers supporting building code enforcement
  • Workers performing any construction required in response to COVID-19, including health care facilities and essential businesses and serves
  • Construction required for emergency repairs and safety
  • Critical Labor Functions. Includes labor union essential functions, including health and welfare funds and monitoring safety of members.


ALL Construction work is considered critical and is exempt from this order.  This order ALLOWS you to continue to work.  

To view the complete Emergency Executive Order click the link below.

Emergency Executive Order 20-20

   

 


 

 

 COVID-19 Paid Leave Is Now Law

  

 

 

A MESSAGE FROM JAMIE MCNAMARA

 

Sisters and Brothers,

Yesterday (3-25-2020) Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued a stay at home executive order. This order goes into effect Friday, March 27, at 11:59 pm and goes through Friday, April 10, at 5 pm. You can read the entire executive order here. It lays out clearly what people are allowed and not allowed to do. This order does not force anyone to work; it gives members the choice and allows them to work.

I can report that the Governor’s executive order has broadly exempted construction workers and that, for the most part, IBEW 110 Sisters and Brothers that think it is safe will stay on the job continuing to provide the critical services that our state needs.

 Our members are ready to answer the call of duty and are prepared to stay on the job to continue to perform their critical work in a way that protects themselves and the public and follows CDC health guidelines. There will be many questions about what jobs are included in the exemption, and this will be confusing, chaotic, and could evolve. But for now, here is my initial read of the types of work and workers that will be exempted from this stay at home order.

My initial read of the exemptions for construction workers is:

●        Workers in skilled trades related to construction of all kinds

●        Electricians are specifically listed as a critical trade

●        Workers engaged in roadway construction, maintenance, and utility projects

●        Workers performing public works construction, including the construction of critical or strategic infrastructure

●        Construction materials suppliers and workers providing services necessary to maintain construction materials sources

●        Workers supporting building code enforcement

●        Workers performing any construction required in response to COVID-19, including health care facilities and essential businesses and serves

●        Construction required for emergency repairs and safety

●        Critical Labor Functions: Includes labor union essential functions, including health and welfare funds and monitoring safety of members

●        Public works/wastewater government workers

●        Employers servicing equipment necessary for any of these critical tasks

 Congressional/State Action

Congressional action is imminent on an aid package for workers and businesses. It will likely include direct cash payments to workers, and an extension of federal unemployment.

 The state of Minnesota Legislature will be meeting today to pass some coronavirus related items.

 We will keep you posted on these developments as they occur.

 Rules for Employers

Our Business Agents continue to be in contact with employers and members regarding how this situation is being handled in the workplace.

We are gathering information on how the new federal law changes that are coming anytime now will impact employers and workers, and our Business Agents will have the latest information.

 If any member has any concerns about their workplace regarding safety or work rules your employer is implementing call your Business Agent – they are on the job.

Lastly, continue to follow this/our website updates as this is a rapidly changing situation. I want to tell you I’m proud of all of you and our staff for how we are handling this challenge. Our members are coming together to get through this. Members have been patient with us as we do the best we can to adapt. IBEW 110 Business Agents and administrative staff have done an outstanding job putting the membership first and making sure that we continue to serve you through this crisis.

There is an old saying – tough times don’t last, tough people do – that’s who we are as electricians, and I have no doubt that we will come out of this crisis stronger than ever. Hang in there, take care of each other, do your part to help slow this virus, and keep up to date on the latest information.

Respectfully,

Jamie McNamara

Business Manager/Financial Secretary

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 110

  

IBEW 110 COVID-19 ACTION LETTER

The links from the letter above are available below

See the link below for information about COVID-19 related unemployment benefits:

https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp

More information on this COVID-19 can be found at the following links:

https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf 

https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha2020030  

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/ 

https://www.hhs.gov/

https://www.nih.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.health.state.mn.us/

  


   

Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) is accepting donations of N95 masks

 


 

 A Message from Minnesota Building Trades

BT COVID SIP Letter

COVID Industry Statement

   

 

 

 

 

 DLI Extends Continuing Education Deadlines

Continuing education deadlines have been extended 90 days for licenses that expire in March, April and May 2020.

  • License renewals must still be submitted prior to the current expiration date. Late fees will apply to renewals submitted after the expiration date. Renew a license here.

https://www.dli.mn.gov/updates

  

 


 

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For the latest information on the Coronavirus in Minnesota, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

 

 

March 21, 2020

Below is an update on the COVID-19 pandemic as it pertains to Minnesota as of 5:40 PM on 3/21/2020

 

Updates from the Governor

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today reported the first confirmed death of a Minnesota resident due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The death of the Ramsey County resident occurred March 19. The person had recently tested positive for COVID-19 and was in their 80s.

Gwen and I extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones during this time of loss,” said Governor Tim Walz. “As COVID-19 continues to spread in Minnesota, we must all do what we can to keep each other safe.

Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the death underscores the importance of protecting our most vulnerable Minnesotans during the outbreak.

Commissioner Malcolm emphasized the importance of all Minnesotans doing their part to slow the spread of the virus and protect those in our communities who might be at higher risk of severe illness or death. The most vulnerable include those over 65 and those with underlying health conditions.

State and local public health have implemented a series of community interventions such as temporary closures of restaurants, bars and schools, recommended social distancing measures such as staying home as much as possible, maintaining a distance of six feet from other people, replacing in-person work meetings with teleworking, and cancelling gatherings of 50 people or more. Also, do not hold events with more than 10 people where the majority of participants are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, including gatherings such as those at retirement facilities, assisted living facilities, developmental homes and support groups for people with health conditions.

Visit Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota for our recommended community mitigation strategies.

Since the outbreak started in December 2019, more than 284,000 cases and 11,800 deaths have been reported worldwide. The U.S. reported 19,624 cases and 260 deaths as of this morning.

More information about the coronavirus situation in Minnesota, the U.S. and internationally can be found on MDH’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage.

A hotline for the public is open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hotline number is 651-201-3920.

Previous Updates from the Governor

March 19, 2020

March 16, 2020

 

Everyone can work to reduce the spread of COVID-19

  • Stay home if you can.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.
  • Up-to-date guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health on recommended community mitigation strategies can be found here.

Resources

Coverage

   


 

 

 IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson and NECA CEO David Long

National Disease Emergency Response Agreement (NDERA)

Letter

 Q&A

 


 

 

Covid-19 Update from the CDC

 

Watch your mail for information regarding Covid-19 from Wilson-McShane. 

 

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