Thursday, October 9, 2014

Global Impact: 200 Airline Cabin Cleaners Walk Off Their Jobs Due to Ebola Risk

According to ABC NEWS, nearly 200 airline cabin cleaners walked off the job overnight, striking over health and safety issues that include fears over possible exposure to Ebola.

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Protesting workers carried signs and chanted during today’s rally, protesting against conditions that they say often find them encountering hypodermic needles, vomit and blood.
Meanwhile, the Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ was scheduled to conduct infectious disease training today (October 9) for airport cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and wheelchair attendants.
"The training will cover current guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA)," the union said in a release. "This includes guidelines for cleaning airplane cabins and lavatories, for cleaning an area with possible Ebola exposure, and for determining which equipment employers are required to supply."
COMMENT: The union added, "Amid rising fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, the training will help workers better identify infectious disease hazards and protect against exposure and spread."
Such a response comes as additional screening is scheduled to begin at JFK and four other main US airports, a means of trying to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease.

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