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Jun 9

ATU International President John Costa to testify at Congressional Hearing on Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2020, June 10, Noon

Congressional briefing can be watched live here

Washington, DC – Calling bus drivers, train operators and all transit workers frontline heroes in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) International President John Costa will testify on Wednesday, June 10 at a hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight on H.R. 6909, the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2020. 

As states begin to re-open, COVID-19 infections and deaths - including 53 confirmed ATU members - are continuing to increase among transit workers. ATU represents more than 200,000 frontline transit workers in the U.S. and Canada who are putting their lives and families at risk every day to provide critical transportation for emergency service, healthcare, grocery, and retail workers, and those who need access to medical care.

ATU has endorsed the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2020, which will create a new program for all essential workers and personnel who have been injured or impacted by the coronavirus, modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Since the outbreak began, 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 systems running and workers safe. Among the ATU Safe Service demands are gloves, masks, protective barriers, pandemic leave, rear door entry, on-site testing, hazard pay, bus operator barriers, air flow changes and filters, and other critical measures.

WHAT: U.S. House Committee on Oversight hearing on H.R. 6909, the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2020. 

WHEN: 12:00 PM ET on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

WHO:  ATU International President John Costa

:  Livestream available here