COVID-19 Information for Workers

NOTE: This section of the UE website is no longer being updated, and may contain out-of-date information.

NEW December 2021: We have posted guidance for UE Locals on bargaining over vaccine and/or testing mandates (which has been updated to reflect the January 13, 2022 Supreme Court decision). UE locals should be prepared to negotiate over the impacts of these mandates.

As our nation and our world continue to take measures to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, workers need effective rank-and-file unions more than ever, to make sure workers’ voices are heard as decisions are being made which impact our health, our jobs, and our ability to provide for our families.

Wide variations in vaccination rates and public health measures, and the rise of variants, mean that local unions will need to remain flexible and use their judgement, based on local conditions, as to how best to protect their members.

The February 2021 UE Steward contains updated guidance for UE stewards during the COVID-19 pandemic, with information about physical safety at work, vaccines, and representing members through online platforms.

In this section of our website you will also find suggestions for maintaining local union functioning, demands locals should consider making on employers, and suggestions for what to do when COVID-19 comes into your workplace.

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