There is an old journalism adage “don’t bury the lead” (or “lede”- Google it) and I made that mistake last week. It was in the last paragraph of our employee update on March 30 and it should have been in the first paragraph-YOU ARE ALL DOING A MAGNIFICENT JOB! I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH. Customer after customer has told us how much they
appreciate everything their Rescar crews and AllTranstek staff are doing for them and that you have been instrumental in helping them continue to operate during these difficult times. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK and thank you again.
Because all of you are diligently practicing “social distancing” and cleaning and disinfecting our workplaces, we continue to have very few employees missing work for any illnesses. THESE TWO STEPS ARE THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO PROTECT OUR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES FROM THIS VIRUS. We have also put other safety measures in place with your feedback and assistance. Several locations have adopted a “staggered” work schedule so that not all employees are arriving and leaving at the same time. These time intervals allow employees to have more distance between themselves when first arriving at work or leaving for the day. Fixed mini shops have staggered breaks and lunch times to accomplish the same result. These are wonderful and creative ways to bring even more safety to our workplaces and were the result of your efforts. I encourage all of you to think about additional steps we can take and share those thoughts with your supervisor.
CDC Recommendation Regarding Wearing Masks:
The CDC has recommended that all Americans wear some type of cloth face covering or mask when out in public places. This is in addition to maintaining the social distancing measures(staying 6 feet apart) that we have been practicing for several weeks now. This is not mandatory or a law but we encourage all of you to adopt this practice when out in grocery stores, pharmacies, or other public spaces.
With our “social distancing” practices in place, you do not need to wear a cloth face covering or mask at work. However, we have ordered masks to be delivered over the next few weeks to ensure we have enough available if circumstances require you to work where “social distancing” is difficult. If any of you feel more comfortable wearing a personal cloth face covering or mask, please feel free to do so but you must ensure your mask does not contain any inappropriate markings and that you follow all CDC guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting personal cloth face coverings. With the critical shortages of masks available nationwide, please be diligent with maintenance and care of the masks you wear at work. Our safety group can help any location with questions. And, if any of you know of a source to buy more masks, please let your supervisor know.
BlueCross BlueShield MDLive/Nurseline/AFLAC
The technical difficulties with accessing MDLive have been corrected. To access care online go to https://members.mdlive.com/bcbsil/landing_home. Rescar/AllTranstek have made arrangements to cover the cost of the co-pay for MDLive through June, 2020. And remember, you also have access to the BCBS 24/7 Nurseline @ (800) 299-0274. For AFLAC members, you have access to 24/7 care online @ www.MeMD.me/Aflac or by telephone (855) 423-8585. AFLAC me voluntary program not provided by the Company.
Other Employee Services
In addition to BCBS MDLive and Nurseline, and AFLAC, Rescar/AllTranstek employees and
their immediate household family members also now have access to Employee Connect
Services through Lincoln Financial Group. This is a wonderful Company provided “Employee Assistance Program” (EAP) that includes:
• Up to four sessions with a counselor per person, per issue, per year
• In-person help for short-term issues; up to four sessions with a counselor per person,
per issue, per year
• Toll-free phone and web access 24/7
• Unlimited phone access to legal, financial and work-life services
• A 25% discount on in-person consultations with network lawyers
• Financial consultations and referrals
• Work/life services for assistance with childcare, finding movers, kennels and pet care,
vacation planning, and more.
This EAP service can be a great help especially during these stressful times. For your
convenience, all of these programs and services are posted on the Rescar/AllTranstek
employee COVID19 sites (www.rescar.com/covid19 and www.alltranstek.com/covid19) and in the HR cabinet under Employee Benefits.
Shelter in Place/Travel Restrictions
Our Essential Business Designation is still in place for Rescar and AllTranstek and there are no restrictions on your ability to commute to and from your workplace. In fact, many states have issued clarifying orders that the vehicle travel restrictions do not apply to “commercial” or “essential infrastructure” businesses like ours. Keep our Essential Business Designation letter on your phone just in case and contact your supervisor if you have any problem.
Our Commitment to You
The Rescar and AllTranstek Senior Management teams are committed to you and your families’ safety. Your safety is our number one priority. Please continue to:
• Be an advocate/ promoter of your own personal hygiene – practice good habits
• Don’t come to work if you are ill
• Wash your hands; avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth
• Clean and disinfect regularly
• Practice social distancing – both at work and away from work
• Remember to keep safety first and foremost in everything we do
There will be changes and challenges ahead, but I am confident that together we will continue to overcome.
Reminder Company Updates
Important employee information, memos, updates, and resource materials continue to be posted on the Company websites:
• AllTranstek employees at www.alltranstek.com/covid19
• Rescar employees at www.rescar.com/covid19
Employees are encouraged to check these sites frequently for important updates and helpful information.
-Joseph F. Schieszler, Jr., CEO