COVID-19 “Stay At Home” Disregarded by Management: At Risk is Public Health & Safety

As COVID-19 spreads nationwide, leading to the carnage of closing twenty-one passport offices and leaving twelve passport offices still open, state and local officials have issued “shelter in place, stay at home orders” in many states and municipalities limiting movement of persons. Individuals not adhering to these orders in some areas, include fines and jail. It is now reported to the Union that at least two passport centers in different states, management is disregarding “stay at home orders” issued by state/local authorities and requiring employees to report to work, even though a public health issue is recognized. When the Union raised the issue to Management of movement restrictions because of “stay at home” orders for health and safety, one management official responded to the Union quoting,  “If an employee resides within Charleston city limits, they are subject to the stay-at-home ordinance effective tomorrow.  If they do not, there is no current restriction on their movement.” Then afterwards, on the same day, in an all hands e-mail notice to all the staff in the same passport center, Management addressed “stay at home” orders and movement restrictions in writing quoting, “Theworkplace, and not an employee’s place of residence determines whether they should or should not report to work under “shelter-in-place” or “stay-at-home” ordinances.  Since CPC is not within Charleston city limits we are open.”  Furthermore, in another passport center, it is reported a “stay at home /shelter in place” is in order in another state with a passport agency that is closed for health and safety, yet the employees that live in that state with movement restrictions and work at the passport office in a different state that is open, management has ordered those employees to travel from the “stay at home” state and to report to their work site where the passport office is open, in which there is no “stay at home, shelter in place” in that state/municipality.

Updated: June 26, 2020 — 1:09 pm