California Manufacturers Respond to COVID-19



Updates


March 28, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES UPDATE

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Secutiry just issued an UPDATED Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers document. The Critical Manufacturing portion changed/expanded a bit. See it HERE.


March 28, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

NITRILE GLOVES NEEDED

As California's GO-Biz goes over the manufacturing repurposing list they are asking urgently if anyone has capacity to make nitrile gloves. And if you can, what equipment would you need? Let us know.


March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

DATABASE OF MFG REPURPOSING

Here is CMTA's 3rd and updated database of manufacturers who can repurpose for MFG COVID19 items. The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-BIZ) and the Office of Energency Services (OES) is now coordinating the state's repurposing of manufacturers and will be contacting accordingly. For manufacturers who want to be on list, please send me your contact info (it will be on the list delivered to Go-BIZ & OES but phone and emails will not be on the one emailed publicly) along with a few lines of your repurposing capacity, so we can make sure you get added. Tweet This


March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

We are still hearing some confusion among the manufacturing community on essential business definition. Make sure you read the Dept. of Homeland Security's Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Guidance as a guide for your operations. This is what Gov. Gavin Newsom pointed to in his executive order for operations. If you fit somehow into these industries or you are in the supply chain of any of these industries, and you can keep safe distancing protocols, stay open and/or repurpose to help with this crisis.


March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

BAY AREA MFG

Register now for AMBayArea's exclusive webinar tomorrow for manufacturers. It's a Virtual CEO Roundtable Discussion to share knowledge and explore how manufacturers are continuing to do business amid COVID-19.


March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

PRESS STATEMENT

CMTA's Lance Hastings made this statement to the media yesterday regarding COVID19 and California manufacturing. Tweet This


March 24, 2020, 2:50 p.m.

SECOND SURVEY RESULTS

Our second survey of manufacturing operations and capacity shows 78% of California manufacturers are operating above 50% capacity (and confirming safe distancing and health protocols). This percentage is down from last week's survey that showed 94% of manufacturers operating. A note here that we are reading everyone's survey comments regarding needs and suggestions. We are addressing or will address them. Thank you to all for responding. Next survey likely Friday, and it might have a few new additional questions.


March 24, 2020, 2:50 p.m.

CA TREASURER

Treasurer Fiona Ma put out this helpful guide with links for small business to find assistance through COVID19.


March 24, 2020, 2:50 p.m.

GOV. NEWSOM EO's

Here is information on all 11 of Gov. Newsom's Executive orders (from the Sacramento Bee).


March 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

SECOND SURVEY

Please take a quick moment to repond to our second survey so we can understand operational capacity of California manufacturing. Takes literally 15 seconds to respond and it's the same as the last one. We'll add a repurposing question to the third survey later this week. Today's survey will close at 10:00 am tomorrow. Your company name will not be used. (From last survey - 94% were operating above 50% capacity)


March 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

DATABASE OF MFG REPURPOSING

Here is a link to view CMTA's database of manufacturers who can repurpose for MFG COVID19 items. We are using in our discussions with California's Office of Emergency Services and with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. We hope we'll hear from many more companies who can help "meet this moment." (The pdf also inclues some select comments from manufacturers re their operations last Friday).


March 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM

Gov. Gavin Newsom is enlisting help from Silicon Valley, and all over California as manufacturers commit to retooling factories to produce medical equipment like ventilators and masks. Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Tim Cook and Bloom Energy’s KR Sridhar were among the business leaders the governor thanked at a news conference this weekend.


March 20, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

RECORDING -- CMTA COVID19 CONFERENCE CALL FOR CA MFG

CMTA hosted a call today to discuss the status of manufacturing operations in California under the coronavirus and the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce guidance. LISTEN HERE


March 20, 2020, 10:35 a.m.

CMTA COVID19 CONFERENCE CALL FOR CA MFG

CMTA will be hosting a call today to discuss the status of manufacturing operations in California under the coronavirus and the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce guidance. All callers will be on mute during the call. Details below:
  • When: 2:15 p.m., TODAY Friday, March 20
  • Who: CMTA President Lance Hastings, CMTA Counsel Dale Stern
  • Call-in number: 1-669-900-6833
    1. Meeting number: 796657988#
      Password: 009761#


March 20, 2020, 10:35 a.m.

"WHAT'S CLOSED"

The Governor distributed this link on their Covid 19 website regarding "Stay at home" guidelines last night. You'll see that it provides some insight on "What's closed" halfway down the page.


March 19, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

GOVERNOR'S STATEWIDE ORDER

Gov. Newsom just ordered a statewide “stay at home” order. It references 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the federal DHS guidance, of which manufacturing is included. The order also states that “the supply chain must continue”. California manufacturers should review the federal guidelines to see where their operations fit in the crtitical infrastructure sectors, all while maintaining proper health protocols to keep their workers safe.


March 19, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

GOV's CALL W BIZ LEADERS

Tonight the Governor’s Office will be conducting a special briefing for California’s business leaders on COVID-19. Please see the call in information below.

  • Time: TONIGHT 8:30PM
  • Call In: 888-946-3803
  • Passcode: 4374730
You will be muted upon entry to the call and you are encouraged to email questions to LegislativeAffairs@CalOES.ca.gov following the call. (Due to the high volume of emails we are receiving, we will strive to respond within 24 hours. Your understanding and patience is appreciated)


March 19, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

CA's CLEARINGHOUSE FOR COVID19

covid19.ca.gov Updates and guidance will be posted there regularly.


March 19, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

COUNTY BY COUNTY

CA State Association of Counties has good county by county COVID19 ordinance information.


March 19, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

CMTA LETTER TO OES RE CA MFG AND SUPPLY CHAIN IMPORTANCE

Today CMTA's Lance Hastings wrote a letter to Chief Abby Browning of the Office of Emergency Services regarding the state's manufacturers and their efforts to remain operational, and the importance of supply chain to our communities' safety and well being. DOWNLOAD HERE


March 19, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

FOOD MANUFACTURER GUIDLINES

Here is the Department of Homeland Security's guidelines released today to ensure that food manufacturer workers and the supply chain are essential. They identify a number of industries in the document. (Hat Tip to General Mills on this. Thank you for getting over to us.)


March 19, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

MASK DONATIONS

Representative Swalwell is asking companies to donate N95 masks to healthcare facilities in and around his district. His letter here. Let us know if there are other efforts on this front. (Hat Tip to CalCIMA and AMBay Area on this)


March 19, 2020, 9:35 a.m.

SURVEY RESULTS

94% of manufacturing respondents from our first survey (102 of 109) said they were still operating in California (with adherance to social distancing and health guidelines), and almost all were at a capacity of 50% or above. Thank you for responses and we'll do it again in a few days. By staying safe and adhering to strict health protocols, California manufacturers are finding innovative ways to stay open, keep people employed, and keep products moving. (We appreciate those of you who typed additional notes about operations. They are really helpful in painting a realtime picture of CA manufacturing during COVID-19.)


March 18, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

SURVEY

We are implementing a 3-question baseline survey for California Manufacturing operations. You don’t have to enter your company name. We will do this quick survey a few times (and hopefully only a few) over the coming weeks. Please take a moment to answer today when you can. It will be an important piece of information about the state of California Manufacturing through the coronavirus crisis. Please share survey with other manufacturers in your supply chain too.

ANSWER FIRST SURVEY HERE before midnight tonight.


March 18, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

FUTURE OF WORK AND CORONVIRUS

With Schools shutting down and parents, students and teachers looking for innovative ways to stay productive and continue education, One California Together has never been more important. We have a great opportunity to teach students about the next generation of manufacturing and the future of work, and envision an exciting post coraonavirus future. We are asking manufacturing companies to start working on small videos to share how your things are made. It was an idea from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development and CMTA is going to work to ramp it up over the coming weeks. The hashtags will likely be #TinyTedTalks and #MakingCA. You will hear more about this from us and probably others. Put your best people on it in your companies. They likely have acces to videos and resources to compile into short two minute educational and exciting videos for parents, teachers and students.


March 18, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

URGENT AND POSITIVE INFRASTRUCTURE RELEASE FROM GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM THIS MORNING

Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Allow Timely Delivery of Vital Goods During COVID-19 Outbreak
SACRAMENTO – Taking action to ensure that key commodities can be delivered to California retailers in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts.

The change comes in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s emergency waiver announced last week to ensure the free flow of critical supplies and equipment.

The executive order also suspends existing law for employers directly impacted by COVID-19 and directs the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to provide guidance to impacted employees.

The Governor’s full executive order can be found here.


March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

SOME IMPACTS WE HAVE SEEN FROM CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURERS

(All manufacturers that are staying open indicated strict adherance to social distancing guidelines)

  • Food producer in southern California -- Not altering production schedule.
  • Sheet metal manufacturer for HVACS in Los Angeles -- Suspending work for 3 days, and monitoring.
  • Beverage producer -- Doing all they can to ensure production, inventory and distribution to keep pace with high demand.
  • Trailer manufacturer in the Valley -- Trying to stay open but credit is drying up for parts and materials, making it difficult.
  • Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer in Orange County -- No change to production today. Monitoring.
  • Printer in the Valley -- Laying off 7 employees.
  • Manufacturer of parts for the printing industry in northern California -- Office workers working remotely. Keeping production open with staggered shifts for now. Concerned about supply chain.
  • Oil refineries - Staying open
  • March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    LEGISLATIVE RECESS and FUNDING

    On March 16, Governor Newsom sent a letter to the California Legislature asking for emergency legislative action to address COVID-19. In response, the legislature passed a bill package that allows for up to $1 billion dollars in emergency spending. Additionally, the Legislature approved a resolution to be in joint recess from March 20, 2020 until April 13, 2020. The Legislature can extend the joint recess or recall it if needed by joint proclamation of the President pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly. Legislative staff were also granted the opportunity to work remotely and were advised to not schedule in-person meetings unless necessary. We will continue to monitor legislative events around COVID-19 and will update you if any significant events take place before April 13, 2020.

    March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    LABOR REGULATIONS UPDATE

  • California’s Labor Commissioner has issued this FAQs on California’s paid sick leave law.
  • EDD’s website also has this COVID-19 related employment information related to filing umemployment.
  • March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    IS CORONAVIRUS COVERED UNDER WORKERS' COMPENSATION?
    (from CMTA CompWest provider/broker, Bender Insurance Solutions, and EMS Insite)

    A. For a claim to be compensable under Workers’ Compensation it must satisfy a 2-prong test of AOE/COE. It must Arise Out of Employment and occur in the Course Of Employment. So, the answer could be yes or no, and would be determined on a case by case basis. For example, a Health Care Worker who is caring for patients with the disease and contracts the disease, it could be considered compensable.

    Q. What if my employee says they have contracted Coronavirus, and they want to file a claim?

    A. An employee can allege an injury or illness that must then be investigated, and the facts of the case will determine acceptance or denial. In California, that determination must be made within 90 days of the employer’s knowledge of the claim. Therefore, report the alleged claim immediately and ask your carrier or TPA to “delay and investigate.”

    March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE ON MANUFACTURING IMPACTS NATIONALLY
    "Corona Virus Pushes Factories to Stagger Shifts, Seperate Workers"
    March 16, 2020, 7:05 p.m. URGENT
    If you are a manufacturer in the Bay Area, PLEASE READ THIS MEMO FROM CMTA PRESIDENT LANCE HASTINGS regarding the uncertainty about manufacturing compliance with the 6-county “shelter in place” ordinances announced today in the Bay Area.

    March 16, 2020, 7:05 p.m.

    ORDINANCE

    Here is a link to the Alameda ordinance. All six county ordinances are the same.


    March 16, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO CA MANUFACTURERS

    If you are planning to alter production schedules, please let us know by replying to this email. CMTA is working with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to bring resources to keep manufacturers operations open and safe. Your information will remain confidential until you officially release the information to be used with government leaders looking to help. Right now, and over the coming weeks, we just need to provide information in the aggregate to the problem solvers in state government. We are exploring all options right now to ensure California’s manufacturing capacity remains robust to help us get through these times. (Thank you to the manufacturers who previously updated us on their status)


    Resources
    Poster (English) Here is a link to download a COVID-19 poster for your employee break rooms and facility floors.
    Poster (Spanish) Here is a link to download a Spanish version of the COVID-19 poster for breakrooms and facilities.
    Employee Benefits Information Employee benefits information from California EDD.
    COVID-19 Clearing house California's COVID19 clearinghouse webpage
    CISA's Workforce Guidance Dept. of Homeland Security's Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce guidance as a guide for your operations.
    Repurposing MFG in CA for COVID-19 Database of manufacturers who can repurpose for MFG COVID19
    Ease restrictions on commercial drivers Executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts. (underscoring yesterday's distribution on this)
    COVID-19 public awareness campaign (Gov. Newsom) Gov. Newsom's new COVID-19 public awareness campaign "to provide useful information to Californians and inform them of actions they can take to further prevent the spread of the virus."
    Updated COVID-19 case numbers Updated COVID-19 case numbers from CA Dept. of Public Health.