Dear Sisters & Brothers

Yesterday, the Trial Court issued an updated 90-Day Operational Plan and an Overview of its process for handling court closures, cleaning buildings and contact tracing analysis when an employee tests positive for COVID-19. Local 6 has advocated for and supports the Trial Court’s decision to extend its reduced staffing model through April 5, 2021. Throughout the resurgence of COVID-19 cases over the past few months, we have worked closely with Trial Court leadership in an effort to keep our members on rotating schedules and working in limited capacities wherever possible. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 trends and make recommendations to the Trial Court to ensure that appropriate actions are taken to protect your health and safety while at work.

We also hope that the recently distributed Overview document will help to explain the Trial Court’s process for making a determination about whether a court location must close due to an exposure or positive test. We receive questions and concerns about this topic, often. While the Trial Court has put out some information about this in past transmissions, the new document explains their practices in a more concise manner. This is something we have consistently asked for and hope will provide a better degree of clarity for our members.

In case you missed either of the above-mentioned communications from the court, we will be uploading copies of each to our website for your convenience. The Trial Court also sent out an updated FAQ on COVID procedures yesterday. We will continue to play an active role in the review, development and implementation of these documents and procedures as we continue to fight this pandemic. The FAQ document will also be uploaded to our website.

Finally, you have made your voices heard with regards to health and safety concerns during the pandemic. You have informed us of many COVID-19 exposure issues, which we have relayed to the Trial Court. Your calls and emails have allowed for the Trial Court to identify close contacts, to implement closures when necessary and to deep clean court facilities, which has helped stop the spread of the virus and keep you and your colleagues safe. You have also helped us raise issues where the court has inconsistently applied safety procedures or has been unclear in their communications concerning exposure. We encourage you to continue to do so. The health and safety of you and your families is our primary concern.

In Solidarity,

Your Local 6 Officers and Staff