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TRANSPORTATION LABOR POLICY PRINCIPLES FOR COMBATING COVID-19

The people who build, operate and maintain our nation’s transportation systems are struggling, as are most Americans, with the scope and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The spread of the disease does not appear to be slowing down, and it is clear that this is not only a public health crisis, but also an economic one. As the elected leaders of transportation unions we are calling on federal policymakers to take decisive action to address both the immediate and long-term health and economic effects caused by COVID-19. Critically, any solutions must focus on helping frontline workers who are bearing the brunt of the outbreak from both a health and economic perspective.

There are three separate, but inextricably related challenges:

  • Addressing the immediate public health crisis by preventing the spread of the disease and keeping workers safe on the job.
  • Providing immediate economic relief for those whose livelihood is threatened during this crisis.
  • Providing long-term economic stability for transportation workers and the systems they support.

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