Union says Winnipeg Transit buses taped off amid fears of COVID-19 exposure

By | March 19, 2020

The union that represents Winnipeg Transit workers says several city buses have been quarantined because of possible exposure to COVID-19.

A spokesperson for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 told CBC News the union learned about the quarantine Thursday morning, after drivers arrived at work to find at least four buses had been taped off and placed out of service.

Photos sent in by the union show taped-off buses, including one with a handwritten sign taped to a window reading “COVID-19.”

“ATU continues to seek clarification of possible exposure from Winnipeg Transit management,” says Zach Fleisher, ATU Local 1505’s director of communications.

ATU Local 1505 says it learned about the quarantined buses Thursday morning after drivers arrived to work and discovered several of them had been taped off and placed out of service. (Submitted by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505)

CBC emailed the City of Winnipeg for comment Thursday morning, but has not yet received a reply.

When asked about the buses on Thursday morning at city hall, Mayor Brian Bowman declined to comment.

Fleisher says the union is concerned about what he described as the city’s “lack of proactive response” to protecting front-line workers and riders.

He says Winnipeg Transit is only cleaning between 80 to 100 buses a day out of 640, whereas the Toronto Transit Commission is cleaning all of its fleet daily.

ATU 1505 vice-president James Van Gerwen is holding a press conference at noon Thursday.

The Amalgamated Transit Union says at least four Winnipeg Transit buses have been taped off. (Submitted by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505)

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