USW Alerts Members to H1N1 Influenza (formerly called Swine Flu) Threats and Prevention
The United Steelworkers (USW) today (April 29, 2009) announced plans to educate its members and their families about how to minimize their risk of being infected by the current outbreak of the H1N1 Influenza (formerly called Swine Flu), signs and symptoms of possible infection, and what employers should be doing now to prevent exposure in workplace settings.
USW International Vice President Fred Redmond, who chairs the union’s Health Care Workers Council, said that protecting the front line workers in hospitals and clinics from infection should be priority number one for employers in the healthcare field.
“With 45,000 of our members employed in healthcare, our union has no choice but to take this outbreak and risk of a pandemic seriously and to address it proactively,” Redmond said. “We’re mobilizing through our department of Health, Safety and Environment to get as much good information out to our members as possible.”
Toward that end, the USW has produced five separate fact sheets that will be posted on the union’s website and mailed to all local unions representing health care workers for distribution.