|Covid Hits One of Our Own|
The Passing of Brother Joel Saldana
Brother Joel Saldana, inside wireman apprentice, died of Covid on January 22, 2021. He leaves behind a wife and toddler.
Joel was a hard worker, a good natured colleague, and a union brother. His passing really hit the local hard: He was our first member to die from this deadly disease plaguing our communities, our country, and the world. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and co-workers who knew and loved him.
Let’s come together to stop Covid in its tracks by continuing to practice health and safety precautions in Joel’s honor. One union brother lost to the pandemic is one too many.
Pandemic PPE Works
At the beginning of March 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study that confirmed that our practice of wearing masks on the job is helping to slow the virus. The study analyzed state/county data from March-December 2020 and provided strong evidence that mask mandates reduced coronavirus transmission and deaths.
PPE isn’t glamorous, and masks can make our work uncomfortable, but there’s no question they work.
Until we’re all vaccinated, let’s keep up our good work slowing the virus. Our lives and the lives of our families and co-workers are worth it.