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ATU applauds Biden's Executive Order on mask mandate on public transit

Silver Spring, MD – Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President John Costa released the following statement regarding mask requirement on public transit.

"As the largest transit union representing workers in the U.S. and Canada, the ATU applauds President Biden’s Executive Order directing federal agencies to issue mandates requiring masks on public transportation, intercity buses, trains, airports, commercial aircraft, and public maritime vessels.

"Since this pandemic began, our members have been frontline heroes keeping our communities moving, often with little or no protection. We have lost more than 115 brothers and sisters, and thousands have been infected with this deadly virus.  

"This Executive Order by President Biden shows his serious commitment to protecting frontline workers and the riding public.  Since the outbreak hit, the ATU has been at the forefront of demanding transit agencies, private contractors, and elected officials move quickly to deliver needed protections and policy changes for keeping transit workers and riders safe and our transit systems running. 

"We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Transportation on this mask mandate and the Biden Administration to make the safety of frontline workers a priority to help our nation recover and get this pandemic under control."