As you know, the State of Illinois issued a “stay-at-home” order to take effect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. As we all navigate through these tough, dangerous, and confusing times, Local 705 will continue to do everything in its power to make sure that your rights on the job are protected. That is why Local 705 utilized its leverage as one of the strongest Locals in the state to ensure that Union representatives are deemed “essential.” This means your Union reps can continue to stand up for the “well-being and safety of members” by visiting your shops in person, and that is exactly what we will continue to do. Union reps are deemed essential because your safety is essential. We have made it clear to the government and employers that the current situation does not warrant a compromise to your safety. We will continue to visit your shop and will also be accessible by phone. We can’t say for sure what the coming weeks or months will bring, but we can assure you with absolute certainty that our diligence and commitment to your rights will not waiver. In the meantime, practice social distancing and monitor the health of you and your loved ones. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Union rep.