Teamsters official: Not enough equipment being provided to delivery workers

Richard Hooker, secretary treasurer and principal officer of teamsters local 623, said on Friday that UPS and other delivery service companies aren't providing adequate protection for their workers during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Hooker told Hill.TV that the situation was a "mess" and that UPS "just recently started trying to save face because of interviews and articles and social media."

"When the company makes as much profit as UPS does and when we have a crisis like this, you would think that the priority would be that the [workers] are protected," he added.

Hooker said that the conditions for delivery workers — who have been labeled as essential workers by the federal government during the pandemic — have been abysmal, with some facilities even lacking running water in the bathrooms. 

These conditions, Hooker asserted, has made it impossible for these workers to properly follow the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the outbreak.

The CDC says that people should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, as well as trying to keep a distance of at least six feet from others and not to gather in groups of more than 10 people.