ATU Local 113 has learned on March 24 that a TTC Subway operator has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
ATU Local 113 President Carlos Santos has spoken with the member today and they are doing well. All ATU Local 113 Sisters and Brothers wish the member a speedy recovery.
While the case is still under investigation, ATU Local 113 wanted to update members as soon as possible. Our union continues to work with the TTC and Toronto Public Health on this case – we’ll provide you with more details on actions being taken, once available.
Here is what we know as of now:
- The TTC Subway operator, who works at the Wilson division, received the positive test for COVID-19 today – Tuesday, March 24.
- The TTC Subway operator has NOT been at work since the morning of Monday, March 16.
- On Monday, March 16, the member left work shortly after their shift began at 5:30 p.m. because they felt unwell. Again, the member has been home since that time.
- ATU Local 113 is working with the TTC and Toronto Public Health to determine next steps/actions to further protect the health of workers and riders. More details to come.
We understand this is a very challenging time for all – and many of you are worried about health protection. ATU Local 113 has demanded and secured new health protections for members, including the choice to wear face masks; rear-door boarding on TTC buses; no cash, ticket or token payments on TTC buses for added social distancing; the flexibility for fare collectors and customer service agents to remain in booths during their shifts; additional cleaning and disinfection processes in work areas; full pay for 14-day self-isolation and quarantines; and no medical notes required for sick leave up to and including March 31.
As we provide a critical service for our city during this pandemic, including for health care workers, ATU Local 113 continues to push the TTC and Toronto Public Health to do whatever is necessary to ensure a safe and healthy environment for TTC workers and riders.
If you feel unwell, please stay home. And if you have any questions or safety concerns, please speak with your shop steward or ATU Local 113 board member.