CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The union that represents thousands of public workers in North Carolina says many of its members need more protection from the heat.

The Charlotte Observer reported that UE Local 150 says Charlotte has no comprehensive policy to protect workers from heat-related illnesses.

Kevin O’Grady is president of the Charlotte union chapter and says he’s heard about 10 city employees have suffered heat-related illnesses on the job this summer.

O’Grady says city officials have shown concern about the health of workers, but union leaders want a more comprehensive plan.

City officials said earlier this month it is adjusting schedules and work based on the heat. The city also sends hourly heat index updates to solid waste services dispatchers.

The city also provides water, energy drinks, coolers and ice chests to employees.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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