To: All TWU Local Officers and MembersFrom: Alex Garcia, International Executive Vice President
Re: 2021 Michael J. Quill Scholarship Program
Date: January 13, 2021
Applications are now being accepted for the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer fifteen (15) college-bound dependents of TWU members a scholarship worth $4800.00.
TWU/IAM Association Leads on Relief for Transportation Employees
December 21, 2020
After months of delays and false promises, Congress has finally agreed to another round of much needed COVID economic relief.
Union Plus Scholarships
Apply for a scholarship just for union families
How the Union Plus Scholarship Program works
Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations).
The COVID-19 Indoor Safety Guideline is an evolving tool intended to familiarize the interested user with the factors influencing the risk of indoor airborne transmission of COVID-19, and to assist in the quantitative assessment of risk in various settings.
Aimed at ensuring proper ventilation in indoor workplaces amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new OSHA SAFETY ALERT lists measures employers and building managers should take.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning professionals can help optimize building ventilation and keep HVAC systems properly maintained. Steps to consider include increasing an HVAC system’s outdoor air intake and ensuring exhaust air isn’t being pulled back into the building. Opening windows or other sources of fresh air also is recommended, when possible and safe.
This is something that American is just now looking into as the Association suggested this months ago. CRE is working on a rollout plan and has begun work in MIA. More information to follow as I receive it.
CDC expands definition of who is a ‘close contact’ of an individual with covid-19
The updated guidance which health departments rely on to conduct contact tracing, now defines a close contact as someone who was within six feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, according to a CDC statement Wednesday.
Wear a mask correctly and consistently for the best protection. Be sure to wash your hands before putting on a mask and do not touch the mask when wearing it. Make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth and fits securely under your chin and against the sides of your face.
DO choose masks that
Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
Completely cover your nose and mouth
Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps
COVID-19 Update: FDA Warns Consumers About Hand Sanitizer Packaged in Food and Drink Containers
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal (gut) pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been around someone with COVID-19.
Dear Local Presidents:
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) weakened its COVID-19 guidelines this week. The sudden and controversial change says that people recently exposed to COVID-19 do not have to be tested if they are asymptomatic. This is a dangerous revision, since about 50 percent of COVID-19 transmissions happen before symptoms begin, when people may be most contagious.
Health officials in several states – including Florida, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, California, New York, and New Jersey – are refusing to follow these new, lower testing standards. The Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Medical Association (AMA) have demanded that the CDC issue an immediate reversal.
If your employers try to change COVID-19 testing protocols because of the new CDC guidelines, we urge you to push back to ensure the safety of our membership. Contact your division if you need assistance and advice.
Over several months, the Association along with other Unions have stated that management has been giving our members inaccurate information. The Quick Reference Guide (QRG) was originally designed as a source for quick reference information for our members and management. I was just advised that the Quick Reference Guide to Top Team Member Questions went live (link below) this morning.
The Safety team is currently working on a communication campaign for frontline leadership. The Corporate Safety managers in the field will review with their Ops leaders and encourage leaders to:
Where the Top Team Member Questions / Quick Reference Guide is going to be located (link below)
Helping leadership in familiarizing themselves with the questions
How to assist team members with obtaining the answers