TTC policy change comes after strong demands from Toronto’s public transit union

TORONTO, ONTARIO – (March 18, 2020) – Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113 today secured additional health protections for TTC workers, including the choice to wear protective masks on the job. The TTC also announced all-door boarding to avoid overcrowding at TTC vehicle entrances.

The TTC’s policy change comes after ATU Local 113’s strong and persistent demands to allow public transit workers the right to protect themselves by wearing face masks, as well as for the TTC to do everything it can to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

“As most people stay indoors, Toronto’s 12,000 hardworking, dedicated and resilient public transit workers are operating and maintaining the TTC system so people, including health care workers, are getting to places across the city,” said Carlos Santos, ATU Local 113 President. “While we wish the TTC would have moved sooner on this, we appreciate the policy change to provide workers the choice to wear protective masks on the job.”

Along with protective masks, the TTC will implement all-door boarding on TTC vehicles.

“All-door boarding on TTC vehicles will help avoid overcrowding at entrances and provide safe distancing for TTC workers and riders,” said Carlos Santos. “TTC workers are providing a valuable service for Toronto during the coronavirus crisis and we must do everything we can to provide a safe and healthy work environment.”

ATU Local 113 secured additional protective measures for TTC workers, including the flexibility for collectors and customer service agents at TTC Subway stations to remain in booths if they are concerned about their health and safety; full pay for those who must undergo 14-day quarantine or self-isolation, assessed on a case-by-case basis; and no medical notes required up until and including March 31 in an effort to lessen the burden on Ontario’s health care system.

ATU Local 113 will continue to work and cooperate with the TTC to improve health and safety protections for all workers and riders.

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