March 16, 2020 
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, 
 
In light of the further closures enacted by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio, since Friday, March 13, 2020 and in an effort to adhere to guidance from federal, state and local authorities, I feel it is our social responsibility to do our part to lessen the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, please be advised the Executive Board and I have decided to close the Local One Offices to the membership and the public for the next two weeks, effective today.
 
While there will be no entry to the Local One Offices, the Union’s Officers and staff will alternate their work from the Union’s offices and working remotely from home. The Union’s four Business Agents and I will in the city monitoring our jurisdiction, our venues who continue to be open and our members still serving. Please leave a message on any respective Officer and staff phone lines and you will receive a return call if incoming call volume doesn’t allow an immediate pickup.
 
While the Local One Offices will be closed until March 31st, be assured the Executive Board and I will be in constant communication with you, and we will continue to assist you and your families. The Union has much to do on your behalf.
 
I respectfully suggest during this serious crisis brothers and sisters, that you strongly consider following the directives of civil and health authorities. 
 
Please stand by for further announcements.
 
In Solidarity,
Jim 
 
 
James J. Claffey, Jr.
President 
Local One I.A.T.S.E.
 
 
 

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