Long Beach, California 2021-01-13 20:20:30 –
Local unions representing Los Angeles Harbor and Long Beach port workers are urging local and state officials to prioritize vaccination as coronavirus cases and rank-to-rank deaths increase. I’m continuing. This can have a negative impact on huge amounts. Of national cargo that helps them move.
Specifically, the union requires membership to be vaccinated at the beginning of Phase 1B, which is part of the first phase of vaccination, which is classified as an “essential worker.”
Earlier this week, state and county officials were sent a letter requesting that thousands of port workers be lined up to ensure that the cargo needed in the supply chain was processed.
Local residents of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, 13, 63, 94, who signed the letter, have recently seen a surge in incidents, as in the entire Los Angeles County, in a catastrophic surge, killing eight active members, according to the letter. did. From coronavirus related causes. Recent retirees are not included.
Frank Ponce de Leon, a member of the Coastal Commission for the Coastal Longshore Division of ILWU, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday, January 12, “We are caring for those who are the first responders and those in nursing homes. We don’t want people to step over, “he said. “But if this goes out of control, our workforce can quickly run out. We need help.”
The letter was sent to Governor Gavin Newsom. Barbara Ferrer, Director of Public Health, Los Angeles County. Kelly Coropy, director of health and welfare in Long Beach.
County Public Health Service and Long Beach officials did not respond to requests for comment.
However, the California Public Health Service said in an email that two different groups are working on Phase 1B recommendations.
“But allocating allocations can be difficult due to limited supply until late spring / summer,” the email said.
The governor makes the final decision on departmental recommendations.
The ILWU coast said on Wednesday, January 13, that it had not received a specific response to the letter sent on Monday.
Currently, there is no shortage of work, but Ponce de Leon said workers are putting in a non-stop shift as the number of positive tests increases.
In December, ILWU members at the Port of Los Angeles confirmed that 65% of tests returned to COVID-19 positive. At the Port of Long Beach, 71% of the reported cases returned positive.
“In the first seven days of January, 54 positive cases were identified within our rank,” a letter from a local union urgently called the situation. “These numbers continue to grow.”
“We are proud to be an integral part (worker), but we refuse to be overlooked as the virus rampages,” the letter adds.
The first people to receive the vaccine were those listed as 1A, including health care workers, skilled care and other care workers and residents.
Phase 1B is for people who cannot work from home, live in high-impact areas, or work, or who are most likely to spread the virus to colleagues and the general public, including teachers and child caretakers. It is included. First aid; people in the food, agriculture and grocery industry.
Longshore workers are currently in 1B Tier 2 including transport and logistics workers.
“We pay tribute to the members being placed at least in Phase 1B Tier 1. When the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available at the Department of Health and Human Services,” the letter said.
According to Ponce de Leon, 15,000 port workers are essential for passing items such as personal protective equipment through the two ports.
What makes the situation more urgent, he said, is the tight freight transport that is causing congestion in both local ports.
“We need to keep our members safe and healthy,” said Ponce de Leon. “Generally people are tired. We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People are tired of seeing colleagues, families and individuals dying from this pandemic. . “