Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 12 to discuss Cleveland Building Trades affiliated members working throughout the pandemic.
In Ohio, certain construction has been deemed essential and tradesmen and tradeswomen are still working to complete projects. While they are working during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are doing what they can to remain safe while working. Wondolowski loathed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for their lack of direction and updates to their safety standards for those who are still working. He said that thanks to union training, his affiliated members closely follow the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) for safety guidelines that will help them stay safe while working through this pandemic. While speaking about safety standards during the pandemic, Wondolowski mentioned the increased availability of no-contact thermometers which can be used by workers to find out if they are feverish and potentially sick. Lastly, he spoke about the Sherwin Williams headquarters project in Cleveland and how it has been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic.
Frank Mathews, Administrative Director for the Communication Workers of America District 4 spoke about an Ohio Call Center bill being introduced to the Ohio House and Senate. The U.S. Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act fights to prevent the offshoring and outsourcing of U.S. call center jobs. If a company were to offshore their call center jobs to another country, the Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act would make it so that they are ineligible for federal grants and taxpayer-funded loans. He also spoke about CWA members at Frontier Communications fighting for better protections at work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about Elon Musk’s announcement that Tesla manufacturing will continue and issues with meat packing plants.
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