Close quarters, a crush of work, and inconsistent — at best — adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.
This holiday season, that’s the reality for workers in the region’s warehouses and distribution centers responsible for moving an unprecedented volume of merchandise bought online at a time when in-person shopping carries risks. The overtime that workload requires is a boon to those financially struggling during the pandemic, noted Richard Hooker Jr., the top union official with Teamsters Local 623, which represents UPS workers in Philadelphia. Earning the extra pay, though, means taking health risks during a pandemic.
Ryan Boyd, Day Ramp Steward at the UPS Air Hub at Philadelphia International Airport, outside the facility last week.