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The ASEA 2020 Biennial Convention scheduled for next week, March 18-22, has been cancelled by the State Executive Board following the Governor’s coronavirus state of emergency announcement and recommendations by public health officials to exercise public distancing to slow COVID-19 infection. A video response by Executive Director Jake Metcalfe is posted here.

COVID-19 employee resources: https://www.afscmelocal52.org/news/332-notes-on-covid-19-for-front-line-employees

ASEA Business Agent listing for further questions related to workplace safety: https://www.afscmelocal52.org/business-agents

Video Transcript


ASEA Members –

Jake Metcalfe here. I wanted to let the membership know that your Executive Board met and decided to cancel the Biennial Convention that was scheduled to occur next week on March 18-22. This was a difficult decision but necessary after the Governor declared an emergency, and yesterday announced the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Anchorage. While this case is believed to be an isolated instance – it was felt by the board that it’s important to be proactive during this time of uncertainty. Our members' health and safety is a top priority – as well as the health and safety of our communities.

ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 is a family of brothers and sisters. During a time of uncertainty and challenges, we come together. Our solidarity is our bread and butter. ASEA members will always stick together and help each other even if we have to practice social distancing.

On that note, the Department of Administration has put together an FAQ sheet related to COVID-19 for state employees. You can find that online under the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations. I’d encourage you to take a look at that. We know that list is not exhaustive and are working with the state regularly to make sure your questions get included so that you get the answers you need. I’d encourage you to share your questions or concerns with us so that we can help get those answers for you.

Thank you, again, for all you do for Alaska, especially in a time of need, a time of emergency. Practice good hygiene and reach out if there’s anything we can do to help you stay safe. Thank you.