International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103 Business Manager Financial Secretary Lou Antonellis discussed jobsite safety, a resiliency fund and more on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 5.
Antonellis first talked about the adjustments IBEW Local 103 members have made to limit the spread of COVID-19. Although union members are used to wearing personal protective equipment, they are becoming accustomed to the extra PPE like masks and shields.
He also noted that Local 103 members have been diligent about maintaining a safe distance when possible.
What is OSHA doing
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has crafted COVID-19 standards for workers to follow throughout the duration of the pandemic.
Despite the new guidelines, OSHA has only issued two citations out of more than 6,000 complaints. The lack of action has highlighted the fact that OSHA has not created an enforcement arm for these guidelines, leaving the complaints unaddressed.
Antonellis said the lack of enforcement is putting workers at risk as employers are not being held accountable for blatant violations.
The Boston Resiliency Fund
Antonellis then touched on the Boston Resiliency Fund. This fund was started by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh in an effort to help Bostonians care for their health and wellbeing during these difficult times.
He was proud to report that IBEW Local 103 and its affiliates have donated $50,000 to the Boston Resiliency Fund. Antonellis added that $25,000 came from IBEW Local 103, while another $25,000 was donated by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Greater Boston Chapter.