COVID Safety Guidelines

Union Advocacy: The union requested on Dec. 17 that Council leadership allow central staff and district-based staff to work remotely through the end of the year. While there may be select instances where in-person work may be necessary, e.g. for office clean-out, these should be exceedingly rare and done with as few people as possible and under strict COVID-19 safety protocols. Council leadership has still not decided whether or not it will accept the union’s request. While we continue to advocate, the union supports staff engaging in conversations with managers regarding remote and hybrid work accommodations that put safety first and preserve the health of staff and their families as the holidays approach. Please read on for more information.

Pre-Arrival Health Screening: As you know, all individuals must complete a screening for COVID-19 infection, exposure, and symptoms prior to coming into the offices on any given day using this link to the screening questionnaire

  • Reminder: If in the past two weeks you have been in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with anyone while they had COVID-19, you are not eligible to come into work. This is the third question in the screening questionnaire. The same is the case if you have symptoms such as: fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath within the past 10 days. If for any COVID-related reason you cannot report into work, email your supervisors and Camille Francis, cfrancis@council.nyc.gov

  • Reminder: The Council’s policy is to provide those not eligible to come into work for the reasons above with a separate timesheet charge code called “Excused Absence - Medical,” which does not count against your sick leave balance.

Sharing Your Concerns With ALE: If any staff have concerns about reporting to 250 Broadway or a District Office, or the tasks they are being asked to perform, please contact ALE immediately by emailing nyccouncilunion@gmail.com.

  • Reminder: As we continue to push for strong health and safety protocols, please email ALE to inform the union of any unsafe conditions, so we can immediately notify Administrative Services and follow up. 

Get Vaccinated and Boosted:

  • Reminder: ALE encourages everyone to schedule a vaccination and booster appointment if they have not already done so. 

Other Safety Protocols at 250 Broadway:

  • CMAs must be pre-approved to enter 250 Broadway.

  • Nick Litrell is the Site Safety Monitor for 250 Broadway. Any COVID-19-related safety concerns or questions you may have in relation to 250 Broadway should be directed to him at: NLitrell@council.nyc.gov.

  • A copy of the 250 Broadway offices’ Site Safety Plan that details precautions being taken will be posted at the Sergeant-at-Arms station on the 17th and 18th floors. 

  • Council offices at 250 Broadway must adhere to the following protocols (a number of which are addressed further in the Site Safety Plan):

  • Face Coverings in Office: All individuals must wear a face covering properly (with both nose and mouth covered) at all times in any common area of the office, when moving about the office, or when interacting with others. Any staff that cannot wear a face covering due to a medical reason should contact the EEO office.

  • Sign-In: After arriving at 250 Broadway, individuals must sign in at the front desk and confirm that they have completed the screening, prior to swiping their ID cards at the turnstiles.   

  • Social Distancing: Physical distancing of 6 feet must be maintained at all times between all individuals inside of the offices (except when not feasible in limited and particular circumstances). 

  • Capacity: No more than two staffers are permitted to be in a legislative office at any one time. 

  • Any staff that finds out that they or someone in the office have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 must immediately notify Camille Francis at cfrancis@council.nyc.gov. Administrative Services has processes for taking appropriate action in such circumstances.

  • If you have any concerns or questions that cannot be answered by the Site Safety Monitor, you may contact nyccreopen@council.nyc.gov and a team member will provide assistance.

  • 250 Broadway HVAC System: We have been informed by the Speaker’s Office that MERV-13 filters have been installed at 250 Broadway, and that the building’s dampers are being opened more frequently to bring in additional fresh air.

 

Testimony before Council on COVID Workplace Safety: ALE’s President, Dan Kroop, delivered testimony at the Civil Service & Labor Committee hearing on workplace safety on December 13th. Since many staffers put their livelihoods at risk to serve New Yorkers, ALE’s testimony emphasized the importance of strong and consistent safety guidelines for all Council workers. It called on the Speaker to develop, communicate, and monitor safety rules in partnership with ALE, support staff with full staffing and fair compensation, and formalize flexible remote work policies. Watch and read the testimony on ALE’s Instagram and Twitter, and watch the full hearing on the Council’s website.