Earlier this week, in response to the terrible spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, SEIU 721 President Bob Schoonover sent an urgent letter to all five LA County Supervisors calling for immediate action to allow more employees to work safely from home. Thousands of SEIU 721 members added their voices to this call for action by sending their own online messages to the Board of Supervisors.
Our voices were heard!
This morning Chief Executive Officer Fesia Davenport issued an Emergency Telework Directive to all department heads:
“Given the current surge of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County, departments are directed to immediately implement emergency telework to the greatest extent possible to protect the health and safety of our employees. This Emergency Telework Directive will remain in effect so long as the current COVID-19 surge lasts. Please note that this temporary directive supersedes all departmental routine telework programs and pre-established reopening procedures …”
We will work with department management to make sure that this directive is implemented fairly and consistently – and with the urgency with which it was issued.
Let’s keep in mind that telework will only work during this emergency, and in the long run, if we make it work. We should strive to be as productive at home as we are at the work site.
Let’s show the world that we can get the work done while keeping ourselves, our families, and the public we serve, SAFE.
And today, let’s celebrate our victory in this important fight, which proves once again … WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!