Since the threat of the coronavirus was known, ATU Local 113 has demanded the TTC do everything it can to ensure a safe, clean and healthy work environment for all members. After weeks of persistent demands from ATU Local 113, the TTC agreed on March 18 to allow workers the choice of wearing protective masks on the job. Following pressure from ATU Local 113, the TTC said it will provide PPE to members who choose to wear it. ATU Local 113 continues to monitor to ensure the TTC is living up to its commitment to provide PPE to members.
Others safety measures ATU Local 113 secured include only allowing rear-door boarding and exiting on TTC buses, which provides greater social distancing and minimizes potential contact between operators and riders. Thanks to our maintenance teams’ expertise, vinyl barriers have been installed on all buses to enforce physical distancing between operators and passengers. The TTC will no longer be accepting payment by cash, tickets or tokens on TTC buses.
Fare collectors and CSA’s can remain in booths for as long as they wish for any health and safety concerns.
Along with these protective measures, ATU Local 113 has secured important measures from the TTC, including 75 per cent pay if members must go into 14-day quarantine or self-isolation (assessed on a case-by-case basis), reassurance that all members will receive the standard 75 per cent sick pay if unwell, and increased workplace cleaning and disinfection processes where needed.
On April 23, the TTC provided ATU Local 113 with 30-days’ notice that it will be temporarily laying off 1,000 of our ATU Local 113 members throughout May.
The only way to reverse these layoffs is immediate emergency funding from government. ATU Local 113 is taking the fight to all levels of government to ensure the TTC gets the emergency funding it needs to maintain service levels to prevent these layoffs and protect essential workers that rely on transit during this crisis.
As per the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the TTC, ATU Local 113 expects layoffs to be decided based on seniority.
If you feel unwell, please stay home. In the event you are unwell, like with any other illness or injury, you will receive the standard sick pay – 75 per cent of your regular pay.
If you must go into self-isolation or quarantine for a 14-day period following international travel, the TTC will cover 75 per cent of your pay (assessed on a case-by-case basis). Members who are recommended to self-isolate by a doctor must provide the TTC with documentation from medical practitioners, hospitals or a public health agency. Please note that if you choose to travel outside of Canada despite the federal government’s direction to avoid non-essential travel, the TTC has said it will place you on permission to leave without pay until you have completed the mandatory 14-day isolation period and are able to return to work.
After weeks of persistent demands from ATU Local 113, the TTC agreed on March 18 to allow workers the choice of wearing protective masks on the job. This is an important measure ATU Local 113 secured to help members protect their health at work. Tired of the TTC’s inaction on providing PPE to members, ATU Local 113 secured 100,000 disposable masks in April. And following pressure from ATU Local 113, the TTC said it will provide PPE to members who choose to wear it. ATU Local 113 continues to monitor to ensure the TTC is living up to its commitment to provide PPE to members.
Fare collectors and customer service agents can remain in collector booths for as long as they wish for any health and safety concerns. You also have the choice to wear a protective mask on the job. If you feel unwell, stay home.
The TTC has agreed to ATU Local 113’s firm demands for greater health protections and is now asking riders to board and exit buses from the rear doors only, except when accommodating accessibility issues. This policy will provide greater social distancing while minimizing potential contact between operators and riders. Thanks to our maintenance teams’ expertise, vinyl barriers have been installed on all buses to enforce physical distancing between the operator and passengers.
On April 2, ATU Local 113 advised TTC bus operators to enforce physical distancing measures themselves by limiting the number of passengers to 10 riders on a regular bus and 15 riders on an articulated bus.
Tired of the TTC’s inaction on providing PPE to members, ATU Local 113 secured 100,000 disposable masks in April. And following pressure from ATU Local 113, the TTC said it will provide PPE to members who choose to wear it. ATU Local 113 continues to monitor to ensure the TTC is living up to its commitment to provide PPE to members.
The TTC will no longer be accepting payment by cash, tickets or tokens on TTC buses.
ATU Local 113 has offered to increase maximum weekly hours up to 64 hours to ensure maintenance workers can provide additional cleaning and disinfection to TTC vehicles.
There may be temporary changes to TTC operations and maintenance that may require some members to adapt accordingly. If there are several operators off due to illness, self-isolation, quarantine or other reasons, the TTC may ask some operators to temporarily drive a different route to maintain service. Similarly, maintenance workers and support staff may be asked to step in and fill worker shortages elsewhere around the TTC system. For any operators, maintenance and support staff affected by any changes, it’s important to know these changes are temporary and will be done without prejudice to help our city get through this crisis.
If you have any safety concerns or questions, please speak with your shop steward or ATU Local 113 board member.
The TTC should immediately provide the following information about a COVID-19 positive member’s last two weeks:
- Date and times worked
- Locations they may have visited along with the dates and times visited, and anyone present at the time
- When and how exposed vehicles, equipment and tools were cleaned
The TTC must notify workers who were exposed to the individual, in addition to Toronto Public Health. The TTC must track down each coworker who may have been exposed so that they can take precautions such as self-isolation and seeking medical care.
ATU Local 113 members should be aware that the Ontario government issued an emergency Order-in-council (filed as Regulation 157/20) on April 16 that suspends certain Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for TTC and other Ontario municipal transit workers in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Government of Ontario’s Order authorizes municipalities to take any reasonably necessary measure in respect of work deployment and staffing to reduce the effect of COVID-19 on critical municipal services. Critical municipal services include public transportation services operated by a municipality.
For now, ATU Local 113’s CBA with the TTC is fully intact but City of Toronto has the power to avoid some parts of the agreement. The measures the City may take include but are not limited to the following:
- Assigning bargaining-unit work to non-bargaining employees, contractors, temporary staff or volunteers
- Changing the scheduling of work or shift assignments
- Deferring or cancelling vacations, absences or other leaves
- Requiring employees to provide information about their likely or actual exposure to COVID-19, or any other health condition that may affect their ability to work
The Order suspends all grievances initiated in response to any matter referred to in the Order. Any challenge to Employer action could only be taken through a court challenge to the Order in Council.
ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos has requested that the Premier reconsiders suspending transit workers’ Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) rights.