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Dear AFGE Family –
The Ebola virus is a serious matter. Its spread to the US has revealed serious gaps in our ability to protect health care and public safety workers and the American people. Those gaps must be eliminated.
Watch a message from President J. David Cox, Sr. here.
Here at national headquarters, I have formed a task force to focus on Ebola and our response to what I hope will NOT be any kind of epidemic here in the USA.
We’ve got several initiatives going: I’ve spoken with OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and demanded regular briefings and updates for myself and our leaders in the agencies. I also asked her to make sure that everybody who has been deemed to have been exposed or potentially exposed be granted 21 days of paid administrative leave while on quarantine. I’ve asked for the provision of the highest quality protective gear, training so that the federal workforce can protect itself and the public, and provision of any equipment or measures necessary to carry out recommendations of the CDC, OSHA, or other medical authorities.
I’ve sent a letter to VA Secretary McDonald on Ebola, and letters to DoD and DHS are being written as you read this. AFGE will continue to work with the administration, key agency leaders and our partners in labor to ensure the strictest precautionary measures, finest equipment and most up-to-date information are made available to you as this situation develops.
For more information on AFGE’s Ebola response and how to protect yourself from the virus, visit www.afge.org/ebola.
Thank you for all that you do.
J. David Cox, Sr.
Text EBOLA to 225568
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