Teamsters Local 396 Members in Los Angeles Secure Coronavirus Protections

LOS ANGELES, CA - Teamsters Local 396 Secretary Treasurer, Ron Herrera working in conjunction with Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti, and Los Angeles City Council has secured additional protections for Teamsters Local 396 members who are part of the essential workforce that services the City of Los Angeles amid the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. This includes UPS workers who process and deliver packages across the city, including vital medical supplies to hospitals that are currently treating patients struggling with COVID-19. This also includes sanitation workers at Waste Management, Republic Services, Calmet Services, and WARE Disposal who continue to pick up waste and recyclable materials, keeping Los Angeles’ streets clean at a time when it is more important than ever due to the ongoing global pandemic caused by COVID-19.

The order, which goes into effect on Friday, April 10th requires employers of essential business to either provide workers with cloth face coverings that shield their noses and mouths or reimburse employees for their cost. Essential businesses must also implement physical distancing measures for employees, customers, and visitors; make sure employees have access to a clean and sanitary restroom, stocked with all necessary cleansing products like soap and sanitizer; and allow employees to wash their hands at least every 30 minutes.

Ron Herrera, Teamsters Western Region Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 396 stated, “ I would like to commend the leadership demonstrated by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles City Council in taking this important step in protecting the lives of thousands of Teamsters here in the City of Los Angeles who are part of the essential workforce that is helping Los Angeles combat and overcome COVID-19. This is exactly the type of bold leadership that is needed in cities across the United States in order to curb the spread of this deadly disease. It is important especially during a global pandemic that employers prioritize the health and safety of their workers and not just their bottom line. Teamsters Local 396 is proud to have been a part of this historical achievement that will ensure that Teamsters Local 396 members in the City of Los Angeles can work safely and provide the essential services that all of our communities depend on.”