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Los Angeles port workers told to use homemade face coverings for now.

PortandTerminal.com, April 10, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Labor Relations committee is making masks mandatory at the Port of Los Angeles for longshoremen at work and at the dispatch hall.

Both longshore dispatch halls serving the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach shut down overnight for sterilizing after a dispatcher tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 1.

In a memo sent to members on April 8th, the Joint Port Relations Labor Committee (JPLRC) advised its members that it is “requiring all person while in/around the Dispatch Hall and on the job to wear face coverings”.

Workers standing around at Dispatch Hall for Port of Los Angeles
Positive coronavirus test temporarily shutters longshore dispatch halls for LA, Long Beach ports – Daily Breeze

The memo highlighted that face coverings are not the same as face masks and may include bandanas, scarves and neck gaiters.

READ: Union refuses to unload ship on COVID19 fears. Medical supplies on board.

The memo explains that the Pacific Maritime Association has ordered reusable, cotton face coverings for all ILWU members and Casual workers, but does not expect them to be available until April 20th.

At this point, it is unclear whether they have their own supply of masks to provide workers with though.

So for now, our frontline port workers are being asked to provide their own make-shift face coverings until a supply of reusable cotton ones can be secured.

Memo from Joint Port Labor Relations Committees

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