COVID-19

Work Safe

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to those of influenza including fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. The CDC and others health experts report that people who are most at risk are either people over age 65 with weakened immune systems due to age, or who have underlying chronic diseases. 

Below is advice from ATU and industry health and safety experts to help you stay safe on the job and protect your family from contracting COVID-19. There is also important information about your rights and how you can demand that your employer ensure a safe workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Your Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

As transit workers continue to provide the essential services that our communities need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to meet their essential needs, we are suffering some of the pandemic’s biggest casualties. Not one more transit worker should die because our transit systems are refusing to implement necessary safety precautions. (PDF)


Five Steps for Fighting Back for Rank-and-File Members

When your Local Union is ready and working with ATU organizers, the success of any campaign will rely on you and your coworkers sticking together, using your rights, and engaging in safe and disciplined action as one unified Local. (PDF)


Bus Airflows and Solutions for Operators

Air in buses recycles in the cabin and then flows to the front carrying bacteria and viruses with it. (PDF


Protocol for Paratransit Operators Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The ATU has released the linked set of guidelines for Paratransit Operators covering: PPE, Vehicle Minimum Specifications, Dispatching, Vehicle Operation, Working with Passengers and Post Trip Procedures. (PDF)


Safety Procedures Checklist

Please click on the link to learn more about: Worker Wellness, Local Union Input, Public and Health and Safety on the Job. (PDF)


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Checklist

Please click on the link to learn more about: Frontline Worker PPE and Vehicle Cleaner PPE. (PDF)


Cleaning and Disinfecting Checklist

Please click on the link to learn more about: Frontline Worker PPE and Vehicle Cleaner PPE. (PDF)


Vehicle Operation Checklist

Please click on the link to learn more about: Limit the Spread of Infected Vehicles, Rear Door Boarding, Air Quality and Emergency Removal from Service. (PDF)


The DOs and DON'Ts for Wearing Masks and Gloves

As part of the ATU's Safe Service Now campaign, please find attached a leaflet intended to provide helpful DOs and DON'Ts on wearing/removing masks and gloves. These materials were created by the ATU in collaboration with Julie Deibel-Pundt, Instructional Designer at the Transportation Learning Center. (PDF)