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Saturday, June 27

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    5:42pm

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Hand sanitizer, disposable gloves, goggles or face shield, disinfecting wipes, and trash receptacle with liner.
    • N95 respirator. Operator properly fitted for respirator, and trained on respirator usage and techniques to
    avoid contamination.
    • Training on proper putting on, using and removing gloves and other PPE in order to avoid contamination.
    • Sufficient surgical (or more protective) masks for passengers.
    Vehicle Minimum Specifications
    • Physical barrier between the operator and the rest of the cabin (to reduce transmission of COVID-19
    via airborne infectious particles between passenger and operator).
    • Confirmation by maintenance worker that fresh air vents and blowers work fully.
    • Vehicle cleaned and disinfected before operator’s shift starts.
    Dispatching
    • Only one passenger (and one companion) per vehicle; no shared rides.
    • Recovery time built into each trip sufficient for using PPE, and airing out and disinfecting vehicle.
    • If passenger discloses COVID-19 exposure, symptoms or infection:
    • Make notation of disclosure;
    • Notify operator of disclosure; and
    • Schedule vehicle to return to garage after trip for full cleaning and disinfection.
    Vehicle Operation
    • Safe air flow to carry airborne infectious particles away from the operator at the front of the vehicle and out
    of the rear of the vehicle. Driver’s windows should be closed, driver’s air and front vents set to fresh
    (not recirculated air), blowers on full, and rear windows open at least one inch.
    • If no barrier between operator and rest of cabin, N95 respirator and gloves on at all times passenger is in vehicle.
    Working with Passengers
    • After safely parking vehicle, immediately wash hands or use hand sanitizer, and put on full PPE
    (respirator, gloves, and goggles or face shield).
    • Curb-to-curb service for passengers; door-to-door service only if needed by passenger as a result of a disability.
    SAFE SERVICE NOW
    Protocol for Paratransit Operators
    Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
    To get involved, visit www.atu.org/covid-19
    and go to the Safe Service Now section
    • Companions and third-parties, when possible, should be relied upon to assist passengers in getting to curb.
    • Inform all passengers they should wear a transit system-provided surgical mask unless they have a health
    condition which prevents them from wearing a mask.
    • Ask all passengers to sit as far from the operator as possible.
    • After assisting a passenger with boarding or deboarding, properly dispose of gloves, wash hands or use hand
    sanitizer and put on a new gloves before reentering the driver’s cabin.
    • If passenger or companion discloses COVID-19 exposure, symptoms or infection, call dispatch so that route
    can be changed to allow for immediate return of...

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    5:40pm

    Limit Spread of Infected Vehicles

    Assign vehicles so as to limit the number of different vehicles a worker uses in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 from infected workers to their coworkers.
    Rear Door Boarding

    Rear door boarding of all passengers, other than those who need a wheelchair ramp to board.

    Installation of cordon or barrier to prevent use of front seats by passengers other than those in a wheelchair (or similar mobility device).

    Elimination of all fare collection.

    Sign on front door directing passengers to rear, but noting availability of wheelchair ramp to passengers needing such

    Protocol for assisting passengers with wheelchairs; and adequate gloves, wipes and hand sanitizer to assist safely with wheelchair securement.

    Protocol for ensuring that passengers with vision impairments and intellectual disabilities receive necessary assistance to navigate rear door entry.
    Air Quality

    Installation of two-stage HEPA air filters on buses and rail cars to reduce viral and bacterial loads.
    Emergency Removal from Service

    Protocol for emergency removal from service of an operator and vehicle where there is good cause to believe the operator and vehicle have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19, for example after passengers declare themselves to be infected.

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    5:38pm

    Worker Wellness

    Voluntary and regular health checks on the property with a health professional who can answer questions
    about COVID-19.

    List of OPEN buildings and businesses along routes with access to public washrooms.

    Appropriate leave policy, including moratorium on discipline for attendance occurrence related to COVID-19,
    and a complement of 15 days of paid Pandemic Leave.

    Fully-paid testing for exposed workers.

    Fully-paid treatment for infected workers.

    Protocol for isolating workers when it is suspected that they have been exposed to, or infected with, COVID-19; tracking potentially exposed coworkers and informing them of the concerns.

    Provide enhanced income protection and guaranteed compensation paid to dependents in case of COVID-19 infection leading to fatality or critical illness.
    Local Union Input

    Establish joint labor-management COVID-19 committee to study impacts and make recommendations to protect the health of transit workers and the riding public.
    Public Health

    Adequate service levels to avoid unhealthy overcrowding in transit vehicles and stations.

    Posting of exposure risk and tips for reducing spread of COVID-19 in vehicles, facilities and bus stops.

    Protocol for reporting appropriately to public health authorities.
    Safety On The Job

    Necessary personal protective equipment, consistent with best practices and the enclosed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Checklist.

    Proper cleaning and disinfecting of vehicles and facilities, consistent with best practices and the enclosed Cleaning and Disinfecting Checklist.

    Proper safety procedures for bus and train operators and monitors, consistent with best practices and the enclosed Vehicle Operation Checklist.

    Protocol for reporting suspected contamination, infection and breaches of PPE.
    CHECKLIST 1
    CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
    SAFETY PROCEDURES CHECKLIST
    For more information on ATU’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), prevention tips for members,
    legislation and more, please frequently visit www.atu.org/covid-19 for updates.

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    5:36pm

    Frontline Worker PPE

    2 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol).

    Disposable gloves.

    Disinfecting wipes for wiping down work area surfaces.

    Package of tissues for personal use.

    Fitted N95 mask, and training on proper use.
    Vehicle Cleaner PPE

    Fitted N95 mask, and training on proper use.

    Protective goggles or face shields.

    Protective gloves.

    Protective gown(s).

    Waterproof knee pads to kneel on.

    Ability to periodically use handwashing facilities.

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    5:34pm

    Cleaning and Disinfecting Contaminated Vehicles and Facilities
    (and Those Suspected of Contamination)

    Immediate removal of vehicle from service.

    Immediate closing to the public and non-essential personnel of any portion of a facility suspected of contamination.

    Doors and windows of vehicles and facilities left open long enough for air changes to remove potentially infectious particles. No less than one hour before cleaning and disinfecting vehicles. Up to 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting facilities.

    Thoroughly clean and disinfect entire vehicle or areas of facility suspected of contamination.

    Remove and launder all clothing of personnel who may have had contact with a sick individual or contaminated surfaces.
    Pre-Route Disinfecting of Vehicles

    High-touch areas such as steering wheels, controls and grabrails wiped down with disinfectant.

    If operators perform pre-shift disinfecting, they should be provided with (a) disposable gloves and disinfecting wipes; and (b) enough time to perform the work, dispose properly of gloves and wipes, and wash hands.
    Routine Cleaning And Disinfecting Of Vehicles And Facilities

    As frequently as possible, but in no case less than daily. More than once daily for vehicles serving high-risk passengers (e.g., paratransit vans and school buses serving medically fragile students), and high traffic transit stations and bus stops.

    Use of disinfectants recognized as effective with regard to COVID-19, such as those on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list in its Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19.

    Use of electrostatic sprayers, which positively charge the disinfectant mist so that it better coats surfaces.

Thursday, June 25

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    6:13pm
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    *Transit Union Slams Marc Garneau for Allowing*
      
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    TORONTO June 25, 2020—ATU Canada is calling out Transport Minister, Marc Garneau for failing to respond to the financial crisis faced by intercity transit companies. Canadian President John Di Nino is also calling out Greyhound Canada for an injustice to frontline workers – where they gave workers an ultimatum: either agree to a 15% wage reduction and give up their pension plan – or face a permanent shut down. 
     
    TORONTO June 25, 2020—ATU Canada is calling out Transport Minister, Marc Garneau for failing to respond to the financial crisis faced by intercity transit companies. Canadian President John Di Nino is also calling out Greyhound Canada for an injustice to frontline workers – where they gave workers an ultimatum: either agree to a 15% wage reduction and give up their pension plan – or face a permanent shut down. 
     
    “Threatening to terminate all employees during a pandemic is pure, unadulterated greed. Greyhound is using the pandemic as an excuse to dissolve its responsibility to its employees. Intercity transit workers should not be forced to pay for the effects of COVID-19 by giving up their wages or pensions,” said John Di Nino.  “If Marc Garneau’s plan is to allow intercity transit to completely vanish while multinational companies exploit and threaten transportation workers’ standards of living, then he is doing a magnificent job. Bravo, Marc,” continued Di Nino.
     
    “Threatening to terminate all employees during a pandemic is pure, unadulterated greed. Greyhound is using the pandemic as an excuse to dissolve its responsibility to its employees. Intercity transit workers should not be forced to pay for the effects of COVID-19 by...
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    6:12pm
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    *TRUDEAU’S DAILY ANNOUNCEMENT*
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    *HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT TO TRANSIT AGENCIES FACING CUTS OR CLOSURES*
      
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    *AND MILLIONS OF CANADIANS WHO RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSIT*
      
     
    TORONTO June 1, 2020— The Amalgamated Transit Union Canada is extremely disappointed in the announcement made today by Prime Minister Trudeau on the funding of municipalities. While the $2.2 billion in funds sounds like a big number to the public, when divided among so many Canadian municipalities across the country – it’s a drop in the bucket! Also, this is not new money – it’s money that cities would be getting in six months anyway, funds that may already be spent or allocated. Furthermore, it fails to allocate any funds specifically to public transit.
     
    TORONTO June 1, 2020— The Amalgamated Transit Union Canada is extremely disappointed in the announcement made today by Prime Minister Trudeau on the funding of municipalities. While the $2.2 billion in funds sounds like a big number to the public, when divided among so many Canadian municipalities across the country – it’s a drop in the bucket! Also, this is not new money – it’s money that cities would be getting in six months anyway, funds that may already be spent or allocated. Furthermore, it fails to allocate any funds specifically to public transit.
     
    “The Federal Government has failed to take ownership of the funding crisis faced by public transit agencies across the country,” said John Di Nino, President of ATU Canada. “This government continues to do the ‘not my responsibility dance’, instead of leading the charge to ensure Canadians will continue to have a reliable transit system.”
     
    “The Federal Government has failed to take ownership of the funding crisis faced by public transit...
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    6:09pm
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    Transit Union Slams Marc Garneau for Allowing Greyhound Canada to Threaten Workers
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    TRANSIT UNION SLAMS MARC GARNEAU FOR ALLOWING GREYHOUND CANADA TO THREATEN WORKERS
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    6:06pm

    PRESS RELEASE

    TORONTO June 25, 2020—ATU Canada is calling out Transport Minister, Marc Garneau for failing to respond to the financial crisis faced by intercity transit companies. Canadian President John Di Nino is also calling out Greyhound Canada for an injustice to frontline workers – where they gave workers an ultimatum: either agree to a 15% wage reduction and give up their pension plan – or face a permanent shut down. 

    “Threatening to terminate all employees during a pandemic is pure, unadulterated greed. Greyhound is using the pandemic as an excuse to dissolve its responsibility to its employees. Intercity transit workers should not be forced to pay for the effects of COVID-19 by giving up their wages or pensions,” said John Di Nino.  “If Marc Garneau’s plan is to allow intercity transit to completely vanish while multinational companies exploit and threaten transportation workers’ standards of living, then he is doing a magnificent job. Bravo, Marc,” continued Di Nino.

    Intercity transit services provided by Greyhound, Coach Canada, and Mega Bus move many Canadians from rural parts of Canada to essential locations including work, universities, medical appointments, and other cities.

    Di Nino adds: “Accepting cuts to wages and benefits would put all workers in Canada at risk of arbitrary and unjust attacks on our collective standard of living. The truth is that the parent company of Greyhound Canada, First Group, is trying to sell the company and stands to make more profit if they can coerce workers into pension rollbacks and wage cuts. If we accepted this for short-term relief, it sends a message to all companies across the transportation sector that they can threaten workers and terminate if they do not accept takeaways to boost company profits.”

    The Amalgamated Transit Union is made up of 34,000 transit professionals in nine Canadian provinces. They represent vehicle operators, maintenance staff, paratransit operations, clerical staff, dispatchers, administrative professionals and workers in the over-the-road motor coach industry. The union was founded in 1892 and represents workers in Canada’s urban, suburban and rural communities. 

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    Media Contact:

    John Di Nino
    ATU Canada President
    Phone: 416-938-0746

Thursday, June 18

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    9:41am

    ATU Local 1578
    100 Hale St. 
    Lowell, MA 01852

    First Transit Management Co.

    General Manager

    George Anastas 
    100 Hale St. 
    Lowell, MA 01852

    Dear Mr. Anastas,

    The members of ATU Local 1578 are writing to you to demand that our health and safety concerns be taken seriously by you and your management team. We further demand that you meet with us and our union representatives to resolve these concerns.

     This pandemic has already killed more Americans than died during the entire Vietnam war, and we do not want to become casualties due to your lack of concern for our safety. Dozens of Amalgamated Transit Union families are grieving the loss of their husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers. Our lives matter and the lives of our loved ones matter!

     Public transit workers are classified as essential workers, and we are on the front lines delivering essential services to the riding public during this crisis. Operators are contracting COVID-19 at a rate higher than the general public due to a lack of adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), proper cleaning and disinfecting of work equipment and locations, and training in the use and disposal of contaminated PPE, among other things. Operators are not only contracting the virus; transit workers are dying from the virus across North America, including here in the Northeast.

     Governmental agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, as well as scientists and other public health experts, agree that when proper PPE and social distancing practices are combined, the risks of contracting this deadly virus are seriously diminished. Therefore, we demand an immediate meeting for your management team to answer the following questions:

     1. Does the LRTA and FTMC firmly believe they are providing a safe work environment and adequate PPE for the members of Local 1578?
    2. Does LRTA have a per employee price threshold when determining the feasibility of providing proper PPE such as N95 masks, face shields and non-permeable coveralls, due to potential costs? If so, what is that price point? 
    3. Has the company developed strict policies or procedures to assist workers who are dealing directly with the public to help minimize the risks of exposure to both employees and the riding public? If so, what are those policies? 
    4. If the company has such policies and procedures, is the company strictly enforcing them? If so, how? 

    5. Under OSHA guidelines, there are steps provided to limit the spread of COVID-19 (29 CFR 1910 sub part 1). Has this company implemented all of these steps to limit...

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    9:35am
    To: Lisa Lipomi Union President ATU Local 1578,
    This letter is an acknowledgement of your 3 page request letter .
    We are reviewing all contents and will respond to you as soon as possible .
    You can be assured that we are doing our due diligence during this Covid-19 crisis to create a safe working environment
    for employees by following CDC and other health agencies'  guidelines.
    Our Covid-19 plan has been comprehensive and we have been responding to the ever changing safety updates and new information.
    We have had several meetings to date with you and other employees  in regards to face masks ,disinfecting products, gloves and other items
    and have responded by taking appropriate action to maintain a high level of service in all of these categories.
    We will be responding in more detail to you after review.
    Respectfully submitted,

    George Anastas 

    General Manager

    First Transit Management of Lowell, INC.

    Email: [email protected]

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    8:50am

    The members of Local 1578 are working on a safe campagne to demand that our health and safety concerns be taken seriously!

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    12:16am
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Wednesday, June 17

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    11:45pm
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    /Our Local established our affiliation with the ATU and was granted the Certicate Of Affilation on the 1st day of March in 1977, named and known under the title of Local 1578, Lowell Massachusetts.  R.C. Wallace was the International Finacial Secretary-Treasurer and Dan Mahoney was the International President .  /
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    /The locals first Officiers were Bruce S McLaughlin (President) Bobby O. Bishop (Vice President) Norris R. Chew (Financial Secretary-Treasurer) Bert F. Swislak (Recording Secretary). At the time of our affiliation into the ATU, the employees worked for  Frank Trombly who managed the employees to fulfill his contract with LRTA.  The workers earnings were minimal they had no benefits and working double split shifts.  Even after our unionization the company refused to recognize us as a union and our rights to negotiations. It took several more months of negotiation before we successfully got the company to sign that they recognized the members to be a union and that it was our right to negotiate our working conditions and benefits./
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    /In 1978 the 1st  contract was negotiated the members were offered a 3 cent increase per hour only and no other benefits (no pention plan, no sick ,personal or vacation time and seniority...
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    9:10pm
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    All Drivers should be driving their Summer B Pick (Sat modified schedule currently)
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    9:10pm
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    All Drivers should be driving their Summer B Pick (Sat modified schedule currently)
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    9:08pm

    All Drivers should be driving their Summer B Pick (Sat modified schedule )

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    8:45pm

    Shop steward for Mechanics, Service crew and Maintenance for Local 1578

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    8:31pm
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    100 Hale Street, Lowell Ma 01852
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