Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update #2

The following message from our President, Jose Escañuela, was emailed to the membership at Stanford University and SLAC on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Members that work on Santa Clara University’s campus and its satellites should expect an update about what management is doing to implement safety protocols; plan for the future; and maintain current operations by Thursday, March 12th, 2020.


Dear Sisters and Brothers.

This afternoon Stanford University announced that it will conduct the spring quarter through virtual learning, until further notice.

They are asking undergraduates to leave campus at the end of the quarter if possible, yet they are welcome to stay through the spring break and the spring quarter. Stanford is not asking graduate students to leave their on-campus housing.

This decision will have an impact on our members that work in Residential and Dining Enterprises (Dining, Housing, Maintenance) which will not be fully understood until Stanford has a full count of how many students will choose to remain on campus.

The Union was already awaiting a date to meet with R&DE leadership to discuss potential impacts such as this and will provide an update as soon as possible.

Despite this change, the University remains open with many departments or schools like SLAC, Business Affairs, School of Medicine, VP for the Arts, Dean of Research and Humanities and Sciences continuing normal operations until further notice.

LBRE which provides facility services to the academic campus has indicated that they do not see any immediate interruptions of service. They are making plans for workers in Stanford Events to help support other internal operations after mass cancellations of University events.

The University also advises that “The single most important thing you can do is stay home if you’re sick”.

This situation is unprecedented and we ask that you remain calm and confident that we are doing everything possible to ensure everyone remains healthy and employed during this situation. We will update as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Jose N. Escañuela

President, SEIU LOCAL 2007


Queridas Hermanas y Hermanos.

Esta tarde, la Universidad de Stanford anunció que llevará a cabo el trimestre de primavera a través del aprendizaje virtual, hasta nuevo aviso.

Si es posible, les piden a los estudiantes universitarios que abandonen el campus al final del trimestre, pero tambien pueden quedarse durante las vacaciones de primavera y el trimestre de primavera. Stanford no está pidiendo a los estudiantes graduados que abandonen sus viviendas en el campus.

Esta decisión tendrá un impacto en nuestros miembros que trabajan en Residential and Dining Enterprises (Dining, Housing, Maintenance) que no se entenderá completamente hasta que Stanford tenga un recuento completo de cuántos estudiantes elegirán permanecer en el campus.

La Union ya estaba esperando una fecha para reunirse con los líderes de R&D para discutir posibles impactos como este y proporcionará una actualización lo antes posible.

A pesar de este cambio, la Universidad permanece abierta y muchos departamentos o escuelas como SLAC, Business Affairs, School of Medicine, VP for the Arts, Dean of Research and Humanities and Sciences continúan las operaciones normales hasta nuevo aviso.

LBRE, que proporciona servicios de instalaciones al campus académico, ha indicado que no ven ninguna interrupción inmediata del servicio. Están haciendo planes para que los trabajadores de Stanford Events ayuden a apoyar otras operaciones internas después de cancelaciones masivas de eventos universitarios.

La Universidad también informa que “lo más importante que puedes hacer es quedarte en casa si estás enfermo”.

Esta situación no tiene precedentes y le pedimos que mantenga la calma y la confianza de que estamos haciendo todo lo posible para garantizar que todos se mantengan saludables y empleados durante esta situación.

Actualizaremos lo antes posible.

Sinceramente,

Jose N. Escañuela

President, SEIU LOCAL 2007