SAN RAMON, CA — The union representing UPS workers says better safety protocols should be in place after workers in San Ramon and across the Bay Area have tested positive for COVID-19, Bay Area News Group reported.
Employees at the San Ramon shipping center reportedly learned Wednesday that a co-worker had tested positive for the coronavirus, but UPS did not elaborate on who they had been around or where they worked, BANG reported.
Three workers in San Francisco, and four or five Oakland and Hayward workers tested positive too, Teamsters Local 70 Secretary-Treasurer Marty Frates told BANG. He likened the close-quarters working conditions at UPS to meat processing facilities, which have been hit hard by the coronavirus.
UPS says on its website that it is more frequently cleaning facilities and shared equipment, utilizing hand sanitizing stations, encouraging workers to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hygiene and social distancing guidelines, frequently cleaning cars and more.
"At UPS, our employees are the most valuable resource we have, so we are doing everything we can to make sure they are safe and healthy on the job during this unprecedented time," the company wrote.