COVID-19

Stay Informed

Here you will find important information to help you stay informed about the ATU’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This includes official statements from the union and International President Costa and critical news updates regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our members, union, and industry.  

If have questions or concerns about the information here, you should contact your Local or contact the ATU Command Center at commandcenter@atu.org.

ATU Local Unions Survey: 64 percent of transit agencies unprepared for COVID-19

In April 2020, ATU embarked on an intensive, 95-point survey process intended to take stock of the health and safety conditions faced by members. In one-on-one phone calls conducted with more than 200 Local Union presidents and business agents representing more than 250 bargaining units. The key finding showed most transit agencies were unprepared for the crisis and that many have since failed to implement critical health, safety, and economic measures that it says could save lives today and our transit systems tomorrow. Click here.

 

ATU endorses bipartisan SMART Fund 

ATU has endorsed the bipartisan $500 billion SMART Fund that will provide states and localities with the robust, flexible federal funding in order to keep public transit and other essential services running. The State and Municipal Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Fund, co-authored by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), builds upon the existing $150 billion set aside in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help states and local governments.  Read more.

 

International President Costa's Letter to Congress Regarding the Coronavirus Crisis. Downloadable (PDF)


ATU salutes our members and all workers on Int. Workers’ Day

On International Workers’ Day, the ATU paid tribute in a video to our more than 200,000 members putting their lives at risk during COVID-19 and all workers in our fight for better protections and rights on the job.


ATU / TWU Joint Union Letter to National Governors Assoc. (NGA)

The ATU and TWU demand U.S. Governors include transit systems in PPE supply chain and require transit riders wear masks amid COVID-19 pandemic. Read letter.


ATU, TWU, SMART-UTU Joint Union Letter to Leadership - Transit Worker Priorities

Our nation’s transit workforce has been on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. During the pandemic, our members have been classified as essential employees across the country. They have continued to come to work in order to make sure doctors, nurses, police, grocery store clerks, and others can get to their jobs and back home to their families.This has put transit workers at an increased risk of exposure for the coronavirus. Read letter.


ATU remembers our fallen members on Workers’ Memorial Day

On Workers’ Memorial Day ATU created a video to honor the memory of our fallen members and the brave work our sisters and brothers continue to do each day on the frontlines in the fight against COVID.


ATU to FTA - Urgent Need for Personal Protective Equipment for Transit Workers.

Nationwide, hundreds of transit workers have already tested positive for Coronavirus, and several have died. Our members are getting infected at a rate that is much higher than the general population because we are continuously exposed to large crowds of transit-dependent riders at close range without the necessary PPE to keep us safe. (PDF)


ATU applauds Congressional passage of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, $25 billion for critical emergency transit funding.

Silver Spring, MD – For providing a lifeline to public transit workers and riders, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) praised Congress’s passage of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, with $25 billion in emergency relief for public transit systems. That is funding that should be used to keep transit workers safe on the job and keep service on the streets for people who rely on transit for essential services.

“Since the coronavirus pandemic began, transit workers have put themselves in harm's way in service to their communities, often with little or no protection from COVID-19,” said ATU International President John Costa. “With this money, agencies should immediately purchase and deliver the critical safety protections our members need to continue to provide strategic transit service for our communities, and they should use it to prevent layoffs at transit agencies that have had to reduce service.”  READ RELEASE


Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

Questions and Answers regarding Hospitals and Health System  (PDF)