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On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, the Agency notified NATCA of its plans to implement and to disseminate the Great Lakes, Building Services Return to Work Plan for Phase 1, which governs the procedures and protocol that takes place at the Agency’s Great Lakes facility as it moves closer towards Phase 1 of its COVID-19 recovery plan.  A briefing was held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

During the briefing, the Agency explained the procedures and protocol it developed to transition to Phase 1, providing detailed information concerning the return to work process, how the regional office will be laid out to promote safety and social distancing, and more.  All BUEs, and others within the regional office, will be required to wear facial coverings when in common areas and when it is not possible to follow the social distancing guideline of maintaining at least six feet of distance between individuals.  Additionally, when Phase 1 is implemented and BUEs begin returning to work, each BUE will receive a welcome bag, containing supplies like hand sanitizer and facial coverings, and documentation outlining the changes in procedures at the regional office during Phase 1.

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

POCs: Labor Relations Attorney May Silverstein, Region X ARVP Bob Aitken, National OSHA Representative/Committee Chair Karen Marinas, and National Representative/Regional OSHA Representative Troy Swanberg

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