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UPS is following guidelines set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. They have also informed their customers that the risk of contracting the virus through touching deliveries and packages remains low. UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney released the following statement:

“COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on our lives, businesses, and on supply chains.

“I want to share an update on what UPS is doing to keep our customers and our people safe while continuing to deliver around the world.

“UPS is following the guidance of global health experts at the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are reminding our employees about frequent hand washing, and we are regularly cleaning and disinfecting our facilities and equipment. Importantly, we are asking that our drivers, pilots, and other employees stay home from work if they feel sick.

“Many people are asking the same question: is it safe to receive and handle a shipment? The WHO and CDC have stated that the likelihood of catching the COVID-19 virus by touching cardboard or other another shipping container is low.

“From the outset, UPS has maintained delivery services except where limited by government restrictions. We have also worked in partnership with governments around the world to obtain exceptions that allow our shipments to continue in restricted areas.

“UPS has long been a trusted partner in communities around the world. As with other global humanitarian crisis events, we are helping with relief related to COVID-19 and will continue to seek opportunities to assist our communities in need.

‘As this situation is evolving rapidly, we have created a web page with information on how UPS is responding to COVID-19 and tools you can use during this time.

“UPS’s network planning and operations teams are experienced with adapting to changing conditions, and are developing contingency plans to address potential sources of disruption in our air and ground networks.

“Our teams are working to continue to serve the supply chain needs of businesses during this time, while keeping our employees and customers safe.

“Thank you for trusting us with your business.”

David Abney

Chairman and CEO

UPS

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  1. Steve Stevenson says:

    As a PT sup I can say they have us told we should shame employees both union and management for being sick or even bringing up sickness. They want us to tell everyone that they either are weak or worried for nothing. The employees are scared and the management is negligent, NOT how to be a business that acts humanitarian

  2. Concerned Employee says:

    Our UPS center isn’t taking Covid-19 serious at all. Supervisors tell inside workers at the beginning of their shift about washing hands and to keep 6’distant but then laugh it off and tell workers to do whatever they want. Our building doesn’t ever get cleaned and nothing has changed since the outbreak. Our building is small so everyone is on top of each other. So if someone like myself who wants to take this seriously we can not and is being outcast by others and laught at. Supervisors, drivers and inside workers will walk right up to me to tell me I’m making a big deal over nothing and then cough on me to make a joke of it to others. I live with people with underlying conditions and I don’t want to bring it home to them. I wish UPS would supply gloves and mask for all employees and management and make it mandatory to wear and not allow the onslaught of disrespectful behavior and have the building professional cleaned daily/weekly.

  3. Concerned Employee says:

    Update: Other UPS buildings close to ours have confirmed cases now. This kinda change somethings at our building. They now tell all the workers that they need to clean using bleach on areas in the trucks that people would touch. But this is just on the trucks not any of the work areas or equipment inside the building. Some employees have started to wear mask but it seems more of a fashion statement as most of the masks aren’t even on their face. Now that’s the good changes.
    The supervisors, drivers and employees are still acting as everything is just a big joke and are blatantly being disrespectful. I still wear my mask and people still make jokes about it. This week I’ve been trying to be more conscious about staying distant by stepping back when others are coming up to me. But this is also being treated as a joke as well. Supervisors visitors say they don’t care about the distancing thing and tell me to stop stepping away, some drivers just come right up to me to watch me step back just so they can get a laugh from others and inside workers will walk buy and do obscene things like make sounds like a bear or say they’re the Boogeyman.
    My biggest concern of all is how our supervisors/management is dealing with the sick. We’ve have had several people throwing up at work and be sent home but then about a day or two later they’re back and they just say it’s a stomach bug. I do believe that people can and will get other things beside Covid-19. But at a time of such high awareness how and why is a simple stomach bug bouncing around from person to person so easily. At the beginning of the week we had an employee who wasn’t feeling so good but didn’t want to go home so that person worked for two days then called in Wednesday saying they have body aches and chills. When I heard about this I ask the supervisor who works side by side with this employee if he knew and he said “Oh ya, _____ is sick but I’m sure it’s not the Corona” then I said “But doesn’t _____ have a fever?” he said “No, _____ didn’t say they had a fever just bad body aches and they felt cold. _____ didn’t say fever or Corona.” I said ” shouldn’t you distant yourself just in case? he said “I’m not sick and I know I don’t have Corona.” This type of response I find to be alarming and irresponsible. I personally have people in my life that I love and are highly susceptible and I don’t want to bring the virus personally to them. I’m not looking to sue I just want a safe work environment that all management and workers can respect.

  4. Mike Sullivan says:

    I heard this statement from a full time superviser, “Corona is only hurting old people, let them die, I want my social security!” Scary.

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