April 4th, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is my most sincere hope and prayer that you, and your loved ones, are healthy and safe. Everything else is a distant second.
As part of my commitment to keep our union brothers and sisters informed during this crisis, I wanted to let you know that many of the sites where our Local is working are considered “essential projects.” That means our skilled operating engineers are indispensable. And our jobs generate paychecks that are helping keep the economy from completely shutting down while, more importantly, those sites are also practicing “social distancing” to ensure our members stay safe.
There are some of our union brothers and sisters who have been laid off as their projects were not deemed “essential.” It is important to note that they are eligible for state unemployment benefits, for federal assistance to those who have been laid off due to the pandemic and Local SUB 138 benefits. (Please see our website for guidelines).
Your Local 138 leadership will continue to keep you updated as necessary to ensure you are provided with the latest information.
These are extraordinary times and all of us will know someone who has been afflicted. But I know something about the strength of our Local 138 membership. When this virus burns itself out, we will be ready for 100% employment on jobs that put Long Island back on its feet.
Until then, stay safe.
Business Manager & Treasurer