The work being performed by our members, employed by our signatory contractors, has been deemed “essential” as part of critical transportation infrastructure. The maritime industry is being directed in policy and protocol by the appropriate federal and state contracting agencies (in most cases, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. In all areas that have been put under “stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders so far, our work and our members have been classified as essential and we expect that to hold true for any future closure orders.
It is IMPERATIVE that you keep these documents with you at all times, on the jobsites and when transiting between work and home (whether “real home” or where you are staying while working): TWIC, Merchant Mariner Credential (if applicable), IUOE Local 25 Union Card. These documents could be needed if you are in a restricted area.
We are hopeful that our members will be able to continue to work while managing the situation safely. Your employer has an obligation to take all the necessary precautions to provide safe conditions. We also each have a personal responsibility to follow the CDC protocols individually. As we have instructed previously, if anyone feels they are unable to continue to work because of the COVID-19 crisis, we are here to discuss what options are available to you to ensure that you can make an educated decision for yourself and your family. We are in continued contact with our members, Shop Stewards, Executive Board Members and company personnel to ensure the correct protocols are being followed for the health and safety of our members. If you have an issue that needs to be addressed, please reach out to your Hall and/or Business Agent.
NJ Hall: (732) 446-6262
Philadelphia Hall: (215) 336-7700
Tampa Hall: (813) 265-0410
Anthony Gonsiewski: (732) 778-6177
Scott Reeves: (732) 284-1135
Anthony Stewart: (813) 220-3953
Melson Goodloe: (843) 814-8221