Sisters and Brothers,

We learned today that another ATU Local 113 member from the TTC Queensway Garage has unfortunately tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). This marks the sixth ATU Local 113 member to test positive at Queensway.

The member, a coach technician, last worked on Monday, April 20 from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and received the positive test results on Thursday, April 23.

Following ATU Local 113’s reasonable demands for decisive action to stop a potential outbreak at Queensway Garage from becoming a lethal cluster and spreading any further, the TTC has asked all maintenance members at Queensway that had shifts from April 12 to April 22 to self isolate and monitor for symptoms until May 1.

Toronto’s public transit workers are among the heroes of this crisis, getting essential workers to hospitals, nursing homes, grocery stores and other critical workplaces. I am calling on the TTC, Dr. Eileen De Villa and Toronto Public Health to step up and do more to protect TTC workers’ health during this pandemic.

Please contact your shop steward or board member for more information.

This latest confirmed case marks the 23rd ATU Local 113 member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Four TTC employees who are not ATU Local 113 members have also tested positive bringing the total number of COVID-19 positive TTC employees to 27.

Please practice social distancing as much as possible before, during and after your shifts – and stay home if you feel unwell.

In solidarity,

Carlos Santos

President, ATU Local 113