Linked are the Executive Orders issued by Gov. Whitmer of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/0,9309,7-387-90499_90705-522626--,00.html and Gov. Evers of Wisconsin https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf Michigan is allowing construction deemed essential to infrastructure, see Sections 5(c) & 8. Wisconsin is exempting construction from the order, see Sections 10 & 13(n). In both cases, employees are required to follow the safe practices in the Orders. Please make sure you are familiar with the attachments. Please feel free to share this. The same information has been passed on to our signatory contractors. Below are statements provided by each Governor’s office.
Question to the Governor’s office: Is construction allowed under the executive order?
Answer from the Governor’s office: Some limited forms of construction are permissible, including construction to maintain and improve essential public works like roads, bridges, the telecommunications infrastructure, and public health infrastructure. Construction workers may also undertake such projects as necessary to maintain and improve the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. In addition, businesses may designate construction firms to provide necessary support to the work of the businesses’ critical infrastructure workers. All construction work that is carried out while the order is in effect must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 5(c) of the order.
Individuals do not need special permission to leave their homes, but they must comply with this order as to when it is permissible to leave home. Similarly, if a business is an Essential Business or Operation as defined in this order, it does not need documentation or certification to continue its work that is done in compliance with this order.
Protecting the health and safety of Wisconsinites across our state is the Governor’s top priority. As we work with public health experts to respond to the health crisis, we have been careful to listen to the science and mindful of the impact our protective measures will have for EVERYONE.
Today the Governor issued Emergency Order #12 to institute a Safer At Home policy. Please read the order carefully! [attached]
The order is effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and remain in effect until 8:00 am Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order
Wisconsin residents must comply with this order. As outlined in the order, individuals can leave their home to perform tasks essential to maintain health
and safety, get services and supplies necessary for staying home, and care for others.
After reviewing the order, if a business believes their business is doing essential work and they are not exempted in this order please go to this link
These are important steps to ensure we working to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we all need to do our part and work together to protect each other.
The Governor did not take this decision lightly, but we know what Wisconsinites can do when they care about each other.
Essential services will continue to be provided to our communities. We ask that you recognize the efforts of those who are providing those services.
We are implementing Mass Texting to keep open lines of communication with our members. If you receive a text message from 414-676-2661, it is from Ironworkers Local 8. We will continue to post information on Facebook and our Newsfeed on the website and mobile app. As new information continues to develop, I will share only factual information our members can rely on. Please continue safe hygiene habits.
Safeguards announced for jobsites through the duration of COVID-19 outbreak
(Madison, WI) - The Wisconsin construction industry is committed to the health, safety and welfare of our workforce and the public. Our respective organizations represent labor and management in the Wisconsin construction industry. The purpose of this communication is to describe the specific mitigation strategies that our members – the Wisconsin construction industry employers and their skilled workforce – are taking to combat the COVID‐19 outbreak.
Effective immediately, and until further notice, all Apprentice and Journeyman training classes are cancelled.
If you have a cough, cold, minor rashes, allergies, diarrhea, ear pain, fever, flu, headache or pinkeye, why travel to the doctor’s office?
LiveHealth Online, which is covered by the Fund 100% with no out-of-pocket expense to you, is available 24 hours, 7 day a week, you can visit a doctor by downloading this Mobile App. Average visits take only ten minutes, through your mobile device in the convenience of your own home.
You can sign up for LiveHealth Online by following these instructions:
Step 1: Sign Up by going to https://livehealthonline.com and creating an account. You will need to provide your name, email address and password and answer a few questions. It only takes a few minutes. You can also use the app for mobile devices, which is available free from the App Store or Google Play under the name “LiveHealth Online.” You will have to register each covered member of your family. Use the table on page 4 to create a convenient list of your family members’ login information. Once you register yourself and your dependents, you can access a doctor when you need to, without the added stress of having to create an account.
Step 2: When you want to see a doctor, login and you will be directed to the “See a Doctor Now” page, which lists the doctors who serve your location. Those with a green Connect button are available for consultation. If you’re away from home, you can select the state you’re in under My Location and you’ll only see doctors licensed to treat you in that state. Don’t forget to change your state back when you get home.
Step 3: Click on the Connect button and you will be connected to a U.S.-based, board-certified doctor through a two-way video chat. The doctor can answer your questions, assess your condition and even prescribe medication*, in limited cases, if needed.
* Depending on the doctor and the laws in your location state. The doctor cannot prescribe controlled substances and lifestyle drugs.
Step 4: Your visit is provided at no charge to you or your dependent. Anthem will bill the Fund directly for your session.Remember, in life threatening emergencies, call 911 or get to the emergency room.
From the FST/Business Manager of Ironworkers Local 8
I’d like to take a brief minute to discuss concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak and our workplace operations. At this time, Ironworkers Local 8 will remain open daily to serve our members. Members are encouraged to continue to go to work unless directed by your employer to do otherwise.
However, it is important to practice and take general health care precautions during this pandemic. Please make sure to observe the following practices during the workday.
- If you are sick, COVID-19 or otherwise, stay home.
- Seek medical treatment, preferably by using Anthems Live Health Online to avoid Doctors office visits.
- Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if available.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Don’t shake hands.
- Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow or tissue if you cough or sneeze.
Outside of the workday I would advise continuing these precautions and avoid large groups of people.
The Officers of Ironworkers Local 8 are concerned over everyone’s wellbeing. Under direction from the International Association and Government recommendations, the March Union & Informational Meeting is officially cancelled. Officer meetings will still take place on regular days and times. Further meeting cancellations will be posted if needed.
The Federal Government is currently deliberating a Bill known as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This Act discusses test kits, treatment and paid leave for families and individuals exposed to COVID-19. Once this Bill has been acted on, The Board of Trustees will meet to discuss changes to the Health & Welfare fund to ensure Ironworkers and their families are properly covered. Updates to the Plan will be shared with our members as information becomes available.
By not panicking and following safe health practices, I am confident we can avoid spreading this illness. Thank you, have a safe and productive day.
Please click below to read important safety notice regarding Crosby Product:Notice