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A well-deserved salute, and affirmation to all fellow frontline workers, for your constancy in providing essential transit services, for other fellow frontline workers, loyal customers, and transit dependent community, during a time of increased stress and uncertainty, due to the pandemic.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has exposed long implanted disparities, inadequacies, and injustices, permeated in institutions of every type—current employer included.
Although our employer deserves accolades, by providing personal protection equipment (PPE), as quickly as possible at the start of the pandemic, and allowing for leave for those most at risk, and affected.
Nevertheless, they seem oblivious to frontline (essential), workers who did not have the luxury of working from home, putting their lives at risk and endangering household and family members to infection—seem tone deaf to the ideal of hazard pay.
Hazard pay, just like the coronavirus and all its unintended consequences is not a budgeted item but things got reshuffled due to the emergency. Hence, it is less about the budget—than it is about priorities.
I return to the institutional inadequacies that have long existed, because it is in the “urgency of now”, that we demand, hazard pay, for those in the words of our International President, were/are used as “cannon fodder”, in this war with CORVID-19.
Robert E. Garrett, Secretary-Treasurer
Transport Workers Union of America – Local 260
Brothers and Sisters,
It’s been two weeks since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mark Janus and against every worker and every trade union member. This ruling is the latest attack in the sustained and highly coordinated campaign by anti-worker entities to erode the rights of working people and dismantle unions.
The TWU anticipated this decision and has gotten out ahead of the game. As you know, over the past few months, the International has conducted comprehensive training and education with our locals, been in direct contact with you, our officers and local leadership, and given organizational and legal support wherever needed. There are some rough spots to sort through and we are working with individual locals where needed. Overall, in the face of this adversity, we are faring well.
The TWU is going to keep doing exactly what we have been: winning solid contracts, launching strategic fightback campaigns against our enemies and organizing workers to fight to defend their livelihoods. When workers stand shoulder-to-shoulder, we can beat the bosses. The TWU won’t back down and will continue to fight until the playing field is level for all. We are, and always will be, united invincible.
The International wants to render as much assistance as possible on Janus implementation issues. If any issue arises, feel free to call Transit Director and Administrative Vice President Curtis Tate.