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UFCW 2013 Seeks Stronger COVID-19 Protection at Islandia Furniture Factory

Monday, October 26, 2020
A spate of coronavirus infections at an Islandia factory and warehouse illustrates the need for employers to take stronger measures to protect workers and stop the spread of the virus, officials with the union representing facility employees said. Tomás Domínguez, 51, a shop steward for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 2013 at the Islandia factory and warehouse of Innovant, an office furniture designer and manufacturer, said at least 19 workers have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past two months, and one man died. That's out of about 100 factory and warehouse employees, Local 2013 president Louis Mark Carotenuto said. Eleven of those who tested positive were in the woodworking area of the facility, out of about 25 employees there, and several others were in the shipping department, Domínguez said.
Innovant doesn't do enough to isolate employees who were in contact with those who test positive, he said.

"The company says if you're sick don't come to work," Domínguez said in Spanish. "The problem is some people [with the coronavirus] don't have any symptoms." Scientists say those without symptoms can still spread the virus to others.

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