ATU Local 113 Member Updates
As our country faces unprecedented measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic, our members are showing up to work to ensure TTC riders – including health care workers – can get to their destinations safely. And behind the scenes, our maintenance members are working hard to keep the TTC system clean and safe, including vehicles, stations and other work areas.
As we continue our work, your safety and well-being is our top priority. ATU Local 113 is working with the TTC to ensure the health and safety of our members.
Keep coming to this webpage to receive important updates and to learn how ATU Local 113 is helping to keep members safe during this coronavirus outbreak.
Since the threat of the coronavirus was known, ATU Local 113 has demanded that 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. This is an important measure ATU Local 113 secured to help members protect their health at work. Others safety measures include only allowing rear-door boarding and exiting on TTC buses, which provides greater social distancing and minimizes potential contact between operators and riders. Operators are permitted to block the two seats behind the drivers’ seat with tape to enforce social distancing. 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 100 per cent pay if members must go into 14-day quarantine or self-isolation (assessed on a case-by-case basis), no medical notes required for sick days up to and including March 31, 2020, reassurance that all members will receive the standard 75 per cent sick pay if unwell, and increased workplace cleaning and disinfection processes where needed.
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.
To help relieve the burden on Ontario’s health system, ATU Local 113 members are no longer required to submit a medical note and diagnosis to the TTC to claim medical absences until further notice.
If you must go into self-isolation or quarantine for a 14-day period following international travel, the TTC will cover 100 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 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. Before the TTC agreed to this sensible measure, ATU Local 113 was adamant we would support all members who choose to wear a protective mask on the job.
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. ATU Local 113 is advising bus operators to limit the number of passengers to 10 riders on a regular bus and 15 riders on an articulated bus. ATU Local 113’s recommendation comes after ongoing overcrowding on some TTC bus routes, which goes against the guidelines coming from public health officials and political leaders. If you encounter any issues enforcing physical distancing on the job, ATU Local 113 will back you 100%. TTC operators are permitted to block the two seats behind the drivers’ seat with tape to enforce social distancing. In addition to rear-door boarding, the TTC will no longer be accepting payment by cash, tickets or tokens on TTC buses. You also have the choice to wear a protective mask on the job. If you feel unwell, stay home.
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.