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People Who Work the King County Metro Transit System

April 16, 2020 - 11:45 pm

Earlier this month, a group of King County Metro employees wrote a public letter to their General Manager, Rob Gannon with demands to improve safe working conditions in the workplace. These included:

  1. Full transparency and disclosure of Coronavirus cases in the workplace throughout the system
  2. Clean, sanitize and change the filters of every bus that goes into service, daily and Provide full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and safe practices training for all workers involved in cleaning buses
  3. Institute hazard pay in the form of 40 hours pay for 30 hours work for all transit workers who are serving in harm’s way.

King County Metro responded with a post of actions they have taken to address health safety in the workplace during this pandemic.

Since this story went to air, news of a King County Metro employee who died from complications due to COVID 19 was announced in the Seattle Times.

update on 5/8/2020:

Salute to Frontline Workers: Emergency Motorcade for Workers’ Rights

On Saturday, May 9, Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) is spearheading an Emergency Motorcade to help essential workers highlight critical safety demands and invites public support for their efforts. Vehicles will gather at 11:30 am at the parking lot on the northwest side of 1st Avenue S. and S. Lander Street in Seattle. The motorcade will start at noon. All participants are asked to wear masks and to practice social distancing.

 

 

Producer: Yuko Kodama

Image: Todd Cumpston