Provincial Legislation and Premiers Can Protect Transit Workers

  1. Emergency funding for transit systems to offset increased costs and lost revenue.
    • Ensure transit agencies are reimbursed for increased operating costs and lost revenue during the crisis.
    • Ensure that all available funds for transit agencies can be flexed and applied to urgent service needs, workforce protection, and long-term workforce retention.
  2. Priority distribution of PPE to frontline transit system workers.
    • Official recognition of transit workers as “front-line” to make them eligible for increased protections.
    • Additional funds for the purchase and distribution of N95 mask, gloves, goggles and other necessary PPE.
    • Additional funds for cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles, workspaces, and high touch areas throughout transit systems and workplaces.
  3. Job Protection in the event of lay-offs as a result of COVID-19.
    • Guaranteed recall and full wage benefit payments to workers during lay-off period.
  4. 100% paid sick leave.
    • At least 15 days of paid sick leave for all workers in the event they are exposed or believed to have been exposed to COVID-19.
    • Paid at their regular rate of pay.
    • Guaranteed job protection for the duration of the quarantine order.
    • Waive requirements to provide doctor’s note for eligibility.
  5. Continue paying motor coach staff and school bus workers during school closures.
    • Demand that motor coach employees are guaranteed crew values or mileage allowance.
    • Demand that school bus operators get paid crew values until the end of the school year