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NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL OFFICE: PHASE 2, RETURN TO WORK BRIEFING

On September 8, 2020, the Agency briefed NATCA on its plans to implement and to disseminate ANE RO Workplace Procedures, which govern the procedures and protocol that take place at the Agency’s New England regional office as it moves from Phase 1 to Phase 2.  The revised plan only deals with the New England regional office, and specifically addresses strategies at the regional office and how they would be implemented in order to promote worker safety in light of COVID-19.  NATCA requested a full briefing to obtain an explanation of any proposed changes that would take place in the New England Regional Office as the Agency shifts towards Phase 2, and to ensure that no change would adversely impact bargaining unit employees (BUEs).  

During the briefing, the Agency explained the new procedures and protocol.  The Agency emphasized the changes between phases are relatively minor.  The only substantial change in between phases is that all BUEs, and others within the regional office, will have to wear facial coverings when in common areas.  Additionally, mail clerks are no longer delivering mail to each Line of Business (LOB), and instead they are asking that mail delivery be scheduled by each LOB in advance in order to minimize exposure and health risks.

NATCA will monitor the Agency’s data and decision-making in New England, and will ensure that, on the regional level, NATCA has a role in collaborating and addressing any arising issues.

POCs: Director of Labor Relations Nicole Vitale and Labor Relations Attorney May Silverstein