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TO: All City of Boston Employees
FROM: Justin Sterritt, Chief of Administration and Finance
SUBJECT: Update to Return to Work Guidelines Related to COVID-19
Testing or Symptoms and Temporary Modifications to City of
Boston Attendance Policy
DATE: January 10, 2022


Prior to physically reporting to work for any work shift, employees should self-monitor for
symptoms of COVID-19 utilizing the City of Boston COVID-19 Employee Self-Monitoring
Checklist. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever (100.4° F or greater), cough, shortness of
breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or
smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

Join me in congratulating Ann-Marie Clark-Borden on her recognition from AFSCME International and for her work here at BPL and beyond!

AFSCME mourns the loss of Mildred Wurf, a beloved member of our union family, a pioneer

Striketober and Strikesgiving are over, but worker strikes are still going strong. As I write this, Kellogg’s workers are holding the line in Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Memphis. Alabama miners are heading into their ninth month of standing up to Warrior Met Coal. And the wave of worker actions demonstrating power and the fight for fairness continues to rise.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders on Monday joined President Joe Biden and members of his administration, as well as a bipartisan group of lawmakers, for the signing ceremony of the historic Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The House of Representatives has passed President Joe Biden’s transformational bipartisan infrastructure plan, which Biden will soon sign into law. The passage earned praise from AFSCME President Lee Saunders, who, in a statement, said, “We are turning a corner.”

As solidarity actions and strikes sweep the nation, workers are making history by organizing their workplaces for the first time.

When workers belong to a union, they have a unified voice to create safer, stronger and healthier workplaces. Organizing is our most effective tool to determine workplace dignity, hours, working conditions and quality of life. Workers aren’t stuck with dangerous workplace conditions with poor wages and benefits. They can improve them, together.

The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act was introduced today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.). The bill, which currently has 144 cosponsors, would set a minimum nationwide standard of collective bargaining rights that states must provide. It would empower workers to join together for a voice on the job not only to improve working conditions but to improve the communities in which they work.

We’ve said it before: Life is better in a union

Workers who belong to unions make more money than their nonunion counterparts. They have better health care insurance and retirement plans, more job security and safer working conditions. They’re happier.

Some of the nation’s largest cultural institutions accepted more than $1.6 billion in federal help to weather the coronavirus pandemic, but continued to let go of workers – even though the assistance was meant to shore up payrolls and keep workers on the job, according to a report released by AFSCME Cultural Workers United.