A message from Steve Bonoff President of Printing Industry Midwest (PIM)
March 28, 2020 – From the outpouring of requests from print service providers, PIM, and state officials, the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development has updated the Critical Workers Definitions and Clarifications Document, clearly expressing the essential work of print.
Clarification added March 27, 2020: Workers supporting printing operations that supply Critical Sectors are exempt; other printing workers are not exempted
This clarification makes clear that those print service providers serving critical sectors, which counts the majority of print service providers in our region, are not required to apply for an exemption waiver. This fact should offer comfort to your company leadership, your employees, your clients, and your banker. I refer to my email of yesterday if you seek further understanding of how to interpret the critical worker definitions and relate them to our industry and your business.
The clarification does not change the fact that the coming weeks will be a hardship for many sectors in our industry who will see significant reductions in non-essential business. But, it does recognize the critical work our community of companies is playing in the fight to suppress the infection rate and economic impact of the pandemic. In the coming days, PIM will be publishing FAQs on insuring effective staff reduction, maintaining your company’s capitalization, among others.
Thank you for your willingness to speak up and be heard. Print Is Essential.