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    Today's Labor History
    This week’s Labor History Today podcast: Stand! The new hit labor musical
    Last week’s show: The Vancouver Island Coal Strike; Skyscraper Labor.  

    January 22
    Indian field hands at San Juan Capistrano mission refused to work, engaging in what was probably the first farm worker strike in California - 1826

    Birth of Terence V. Powderly, leader of the Knights of Labor - 1849

    The United Mine Workers of America is founded in Columbus, OH with the merger of the Knights of Labor Trade Assembly No. 135 and the National progressive Miners Union - 1890

    Five hundred New York City tenants battle police to prevent evictions - 1932

    January 23
    10,000 clothing workers strike in Rochester, NY for the 8 hour day, a 10% wage increase, union recognition, and extra pay for overtime and holidays. Daily parades were held throughout the clothing district and there was at least one instance of mounted police charging the crowd of strikers and arresting 25 picketers. Six people were wounded over the course of the strike and one worker, 18 year old Ida Breiman, was shot to death by a sweatshop contractor. The strike was called off in April after manufacturers agreed not to discriminate against workers for joining a union - 1913

    January 24
    Krueger Cream Ale, the first canned beer, goes on sale in Richmond, Va. Pabst was the second brewer in the same year to sell beer in cans, which came with opening instructions and the suggestion: "cool before serving" - 1935

    Federal minimum wage increases to 75¢ an hour - 1952

    - David Prosten

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  • OPM - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance
    Updated On: Mar 16, 2020

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance | CHCOC

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance

    Saturday, March 7, 2020
    CPM 2020-05
    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Additional Guidance

    This memorandum and attached questions and answers provides additional guidance for Federal agencies on how to respond to the impacts of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the Federal workforce. 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to remind the American public that the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.  (See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.)  However, it remains critically important that the Federal Government continues to strengthen its efforts to protect the Federal workforce and ensure continuity of operations (COOP).  Therefore, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is providing additional guidance on COVID-19 to the Federal workforce to supplement our previously issued guidance.  (See CPM 2020-01, CPM 2020-02, and CPM 2020-04 at www.opm.gov/covid19.) 

    The questions and answers attached to this memorandum reflect the various inquiries OPM has received from agencies and employees regarding COVID-19 and human resources policies.  The topics discussed include: 

    • Determination of COVID-19 as a Quarantinable Communicable Disease;
    • Telework;
    • Sick Leave and Other Time Off;
    • Weather and Safety Leave;
    • Evacuation Payments;
    • Employee Relations;
    • Hazardous Duty Pay;
    • Workplace Protections; and
    • Office of Workers Compensation Programs (OWCP). 

    Agencies are strongly encouraged to continue reviewing and updating their emergency and COOP plans, as needed.  The successful incorporation of telework and “social distancingâ€� in COOP and emergency planning will allow the Federal Government to continue functioning efficiently and effectively, while ensuring the health and safety of employees.  Agency COOP plans should have telework fully incorporated so that as many employees as possible are working during a COOP activation.  

    Agencies should immediately review their current telework policies and ensure that written telework agreements are in place for as many employees as possible.  Agencies are strongly encouraged to sign situational (ad hoc) telework agreements with all telework eligible employees currently without a signed telework agreement.  Further, agencies should reassess their factors for determining telework eligibility to determine if additional categories of employees may be classified as telework eligible.  Finally, OPM encourages agencies to take steps to prepare all telework-ready employees to effectively telework and have access to agency IT systems and networks, as may be necessary, should the conditions from COVID-19 so warrant a Federal office closure.  For additional information, please see OPM’s Governmentwide Dismissal and Closure Procedures (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/reference-materials/handbooks/dcdismissal.pdf).  

    As this is a rapidly evolving situation, OPM will continue to assist and inform agencies and employees regarding the potential impacts of and available responses to COVID-19.  OPM will also update our website on a frequent basis to provide the latest guidance and additional questions and answers.  The latest guidance and question and answers will be posted here: www.opm.gov/covid19.  To sign up for alerts on OPM guidance, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/#url=Listserv. 

    Additional Information 

    Agency headquarters-level human resources offices may contact OPM at pay-leave-policy@opm.gov with additional questions or clarifications.  Agency field offices should contact their appropriate headquarters-level agency human resources office.  Individual employees should contact their agency human resources office.  OPM and the Office of Management and Budget will continue to host periodic interagency calls concerning questions and issues that arise about relevant human resource issues.  

    cc:  Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs), Deputy CHCOs, Human Resources Directors, Work-Life Coordinators, Telework Managers, and Federal Executive Boards 

    Attachment:  See 508-conformant PDF below.


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