Turn out to demand back hazard pay for mourning ATU265 workers
June 3, 2021
Earlier this week 9 rank and file ATU members lost their lives to gun violence on the job at Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). We are horrified by this senseless act and stand in solidarity with ATU 265 as we collectively grieve this tragic loss of life. Transit workers are heroes and have risked everything to ensure that working class riders have been able to go about their daily lives throughout the pandemic; the fact that the lives of so many essential workers were cut short at the workplace is tragic beyond words.
Yet even before this fatal violence, VTA routinely neglected the safety of frontline workers on the job.
Just days before the mass shooting, ATU Local 265 president John Courtney wrote in a public statement that the agency’s “lip service to the heroism of our frontline transit workers still has not translated into any kind of hazard or hero compensation.” In a show of solidarity, EBDSA alongside unions and transit riders across the Bay Area will demand that VTA provide ATU 265 heroes with back-hazard pay at a VTA board meeting. Join us this Thursday (6/3) at 5:30 PM. If you are able to make a public comment of support at this meeting, please fill out the Action Network form and we will share talking points and additional details.
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