March 6, 2020: Update for University of Washington Employees

From Local 1488 President Paula Lukaszek and Local 3488 President John Frazier:

You should have received a notice from UW that starting Monday, March 9, classes will no longer be meeting in person until the quarter concludes on March 20. This is NOT suspended operations. UW is still fully operating and your work schedule is not affected at this time.

Because of our union’s advocacy, if an employee comes in contact with COVID-19 during the course of their work, the employee will receive paid administrative leave during a physician-directed period of self-isolation.

The University has also met our demands for employee testing. While the staff testing clinic is currently located at UW Medical Center – Northwest, this is a shared resource across all UW Medicine entities. There is no cost for this screening. Employees calling out sick because of fever (Temperature ≥ 101F), new uncontrolled cough or new shortness of breath are eligible.

If you have any symptoms, contact employee health immediately:

  1. UW Medicine personnel should contact Employee Health Services (UWMC – Montlake at 206-598-4848, UWMC – Northwest at 206-668-1625, or Harborview Medical Center at 206-744-3081).
  2. All other UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma staff should contact UW Environmental Health & Safety’s Employee Health Center at [email protected] or 206-685-1026.

We continue to demand immediate proper personal protective equipment and training for all our members who may come in contact with COVID-19. Stay tuned for more updates.