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Hi Ali & Michael,

I have some real major concerns about working from home. I know that I should be thankful that I still have a job but all of my household bills are increasing because I work from home. I understand everyone’s health concerns but I don’t think as a collective we realize that HC is demanding more from us than they are willing to give to their employees.

I know you are meeting with the board about medical and I was the one that has incurred over $500 of outstanding medical expenses due to Be Well closed. Due to working at home in a non-ergonomic setting 40 hours a week I’m having lower back, hip, neck and shoulder pains. I was going 4-6 weeks as preventative care at Be Well now I’m being seen by a local chiropractor several times a month to ease the pain I’m feeling. It should be noted last week I did receive an email stating certain clinics I can now be seen for chiropractor services with no co-payment.

Six weeks ago I was recalled back to a different library to start providing grab and go services. This site had already been operating for about a week and I was horrified at the lack of safety procedures in place from the PES. Here, patrons were getting 10+ reminders from multiple staff and security to wear their masks. Sometimes we would be ignored, other times patrons would momentarily pull it up/put it on and then remove it once the staff member walks away.

On July 6, I asked Lt. Lambertson if someone in maintenance could vacuum the records area once or twice a week.  It took a day before they sent someone down to vacuum our area.  Previously the Records area had not been vacuumed for weeks.  (It was getting ridiculous.)

On August 2, an e-mail was sent Lt. Lambertson asking for dividers in between our desk and common walkways around our desk. 

As of 8/31/2020, some of the Service Centers ongoing requests have been the following:

The Department of Corrections, Adult Field Services Dept. has started recalling OSIII’s back to work, on a rotational part-time basis. Since being recalled back to work, they have run into several issues in the office, such as equipment not working properly, no supervisory support to assist with these issues as they arise, being the lone worker in each location and thus having safety concerns or the inability to get adequate breaks. There was a case of COVID at one office, yet the OSIII in that office was never asked to quarantine themself or get tested for COVID.

We still have two pending arbitrations for retaliatory suspensions against workers in the call center. We are fighting to get the County to remove the discipline and pay the workers for the time they missed from work. 

We are working remotely with nothing much to be concerned with. We got clarifying questions concerning the silent monitoring process.  

See leave chart for more information:

https://hcconnect.hennepin.us/COVID19/employee-leave-chart.aspx

Questions: Email HR Service Center [email protected]  or call 612-348-7855