Transit workers have never faced such dangerous conditions. We are called upon daily to cope with the life-threatening dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ever-present danger of assaults and attacks on bus drivers continue as a daily occurrence. Now we are confronted with transit agency demands that we put ourselves in harm’s way to transport detainees and law enforcement officers as civil unrest explodes in numerous cities in the United States and Canada.
We unequivocally support the calls for justice and equality. Unfortunately transit buses have been targeted and burned in a number of cities threatening harm to our members and the riders we serve.
We have a choice and the legal right to refuse unsafe work. This is as true when the hazard is civil unrest as when it is relates to COVID-19 and any other dangerous work environment.
Please find attached flyer on how to exercise your right to refuse unsafe work.