COVID-19 Archive (March - May 19)

Please note: this page is archived with content up to May 19, 2020. The current ATU Canada response page to COVID-19 can be accessed at: https://www.atucanada.ca/covid-19

Announcing our ATU COVID-19 Command and Response Hotlines! (March 23, 2020)

These hotlines serve as a place rank-and-file ATU members can get more information on the union’s response to COVID-19 and leave messages.  If you have questions about your employer’s policies or are seeking assistance to deal with your employer on COVID-19 issues, please contact your Local Union’s Business Agent. Any messages will be followed up on by an ATU organizer or representative as soon as possible.

The hotline number is: 855-641-7946
The email address is: [email protected]

The ATU takes seriously all threats to our members and the riding public, and stands ready to assist in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. ATU is monitoring the coronavirus and will continue to provide updates to our members. The following resources may be helpful: 

Public Health Agencies: 

Canadian Public Health Agency Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

World Health Organization - Rolling Updates on Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19

ATU International Correspondence:

ATU Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), March 5, 2020

UPDATED ATU Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), March 11, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impact on North American transit workers, March 18, 2020

International President Costa's Letter to Congress Regarding the Coronavirus Crisis, March 20, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union Dispatch, March 21, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union Mourns Passing of First Member from COVID-19, Brother Scott Ryan of Local 1576-Lynnwood, WA, March 27, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union Dispatch, March 28, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and Transport Workers' Union (TWU) Joint Statement, April 3, 2020

Amalgamated Transit Union Dispatch, April 3, 2020

With 40 Transit Worker Deaths and 1,500 Confirmed Cases, ATU Demands Protection for Frontline Transit Workers, April 7, 2020

ATU Canada Correspondence:

Canada's Transit Union Calls for Federal Payroll Subsidies in Transit Industry, March 17, 2020

ATU Canada's Letter to Ministers regarding COVID-19, March 18, 2020

Current and Revised Federal and Provincial Legislation Update, March 23, 2020

Federal Legislation Update, March 25, 2020

Letter to Ontario Premier – COVID-19 and Windsor Public Transit  Closure, March 27, 2020

Letter to Federal Government - Frontline Transit Workers forgotten and remain at risk amid COVID-19, March 30, 2020

Transit Law Update -- The Canada Emergency Wage Benefit, April 2, 2020

Provincial Legislation and Premiers Can Protect Transit Workers - Our Demands, April 3, 2020

Alberta - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

British Columbia - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

Manitoba - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

New Brunswick - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

Newfoundland and Labrador - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

Nova Scotia - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

Ontario - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

Quebec - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

Saskatchewan - Letter to Province with Demands to Protect Transit Workers during COVID-19, April 3, 2020

ATU Demands Immediate Action from employers to ensure Safe Service, April 13, 2020 

Letter to Employers urging them to adopt guidelines announced by Ministry of Transport re masks - April 21, 2020

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau re Press Release: Trump supports transit more than Trudeau - April 22, 2020

Letter to GTA Liberal MPs in Ottawa —Transit workers ask Greater Toronto Area Liberal MPs: Where are you? - April 29, 2020

ATU Canada Locals

Local 113 Toronto FAQs and Links

Local 1587 - Letter to Ministry of Health re Regarding PPE, March 24, 2020

Local 616 - Response to Mayor re Transit Windsor Bus Service Shut Down, March 27, 2020

PDF iconLocal 1415 - Ministry of Labour orders company-wide changes at Voyago

Industry Resources:

Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA): Guidance for the Public Transit Industry

American Public Transit Association (APTA): Transit's Response to COVID-19

UITP: Management of COVID-19: Guidelines for Public Transport Operators

International Transport Workers' Federation: COVID-19: Urban Transport Workers Key to Response and Long-Term Recovery