Dear ATU 757 members:
As we said, we are going to continue to try to get you updates often. Here is what we have for you today:
- We know all of you have questions about sick leave. Please be assured that ATU 757, ATU International, and the Oregon AFL-CIO are working to make sure that we all make it through this without loss of wages and without draining your sick banks. There are currently letters out to legislators on the federal and state level. You can find the ATU letter generator here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/please-save-public-transit-in-our-communities?source=facebook&. We are also talking to your employers every day. Please stay tuned. You can also reach out to your HR department for clarification.
- But, if you are sick or have been exposed, tell your employer immediately and contact your Union rep once you have been sent home or told to stay home.
- if you are exposed at work, either call dispatch if you are on a vehicle or your manager if you are not, immediately. Please contact your union rep after you have been given instructions.
- if your vehicle is not clean, notify dispatch and your union rep immediately.
- we are currently searching for cleaning and sanitizing supplies for you. We have disinfectant and hand sanitizer ordered and will let you know as soon as it comes in.
The following is for TriMet specifically:
- we are working on getting the 2900 series buses out of rotation ASAP.
- Maintenance: you should have received an email directing you how to handle COVID exposed buses. Please reach out to your union rep if you do not have this email.
- if your bus is dirty, please call or text your union rep with your bus number and they will pass it on to maintenance.
Everyone, we know this time is stressful and scary. We are working very hard, but understand that it doesn’t feel like enough. We are all hands on deck and are putting all of our resources towards this challenging situation, but we recognize your frustration and will continue to try to answer your questions and address your concerns. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Union Rep or the Union hall. Please send questions, concerns, and ideas our way.
We appreciate you and what you are doing for our community. Your hard work is essential in the fight against this virus and keeping other essential workers, like health care workers, where they need to be.
Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Thank you for being helpers. We are so proud to represent you.