Unions fight for bus drivers, postal workers and other essential workers to be classified as ‘first responders’

CHICAGO (WLS) — As our medical professionals work to test and treat this virus, there are others working a different frontline making sure the rest of us get what we need and where we need to go.

Train and bus operators help keep the city moving, even during a state-wide stay-at-home order.

“They have come to work in support of people who need to around by the transit system,” said Keith Hill, President & Business Agent at Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241.

Workers are also keeping grocery shelves stocked and lines moving.

“They are making untold sacrifices to keep these stores open and operated,” said Bob O’Toole from the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1546.

Mail carriers are also still reporting to duty, even with personal risk.

“Each individual feels their personal safety could be jeopardized and that of their family,” Mack Julion, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 11.

Their concerns, the same as others on the battleground of this pandemic: access to personal protective equipment and safety.


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