SEPTA workers threaten job action over lack of coronavirus protections

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — SEPTA's largest union is threatening a job action because it says the transit agency is not doing enough to protect workers from coronavirus. 

Members of Transport Workers Union Local 234 say they're at too great a risk of contracting COVID-19, and they're planning to get SEPTA's attention on Thursday if more safeguards aren't put into place. 

In a video message on the union’s website, Local 234 President Willie Brown issued a “call to action.”

“If SEPTA does not meet our demands, we will take a job action. You will come to work, but we will take a job action,” he said.

Brown did not specify what that “job action” would be. The union told The Philadelphia Inquirer it wants a four days on, three days off schedule to increase social distancing. 

SEPTA has already reduced service to what it calls lifeline service. It’s boarding bus passengers from the rear doors and strongly urging riders to wear masks.

SEPTA responded in a statement, saying it is “committed to continuing a dialogue with TWU Local 234 and all other unions representing SEPTA employees.”