*IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BUSINESS MANAGER MIKE STILES*
Published on Thursday, March 19, 2020
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Dear Brothers & Sisters:
General President Mark McManus sent out a letter to all Local Union Business Managers providing an update on the UA plans for operation of UA headquarters in light of Covid-19 virus.
The UA Officers and employees will be working remotely during this time. General President McManus, General Secretary Treasurer Pat Kellett and Assistant General President Mike Pleasant will rotate in and out of the office on a daily basis with only essential personnel. At the end of March, they will reassess where they are and make the appropriate adjustments, General President McManus has also canceled all UA meetings and events and all travel by UA Officers and staff until May I, 2020 at which point, they will evaluate whether an extension of that suspension is appropriate.
General President McManus said the health of our members, families and neighbors is at the forefront of their minds at UA headquarters and for that reason General President McManus has requested all Local Unions to cancel all union meetings, conferences and any conventions in the month of March.
General President McManus said "I have no doubt we will eventually defeat this virus. Until we do, however, please listen to the CDC as well as your mayors and governors to keep your members informed by the latest expert information".
The UA will continue to correspond with every local union to keep them informed about any developing challenges presented by the virus and steps the UA community can take to meet them.
At the Local Union Executive Board meeting held at ,Local 274 headquarters on March 18th the Executive Board voted to cancel the March 26, 2020 meeting ,in light of this guidance from General President McManus,
Anyone that has a suggestion or changes to our Collective Bargaining Agreement for our upcoming negotiations can submit them in writing or call myself, Business Agent Warren Stella or Business Agent Ed Driscoll.
Michael J. Stiles