Contractor cleaning and disinfecting the subway train at Brooklyn College Station after lockdown from Covid-19, Brooklyn, New York City, USA. – Oct 01, 2020 (Shutterstock)
The MTA has agreed to implement one of TWU Local 100’s top priority proposals – the testing and screening of thousands of transit workers for COVID-19 every week.
Testing is taking place at select bus depots and rail yards, NYC Transit Medical Assessment Centers, MTA Occupational Health Services facilities and Northwell Urgent Care facilities.
The goal is to test up 15% of transit workers weekly, which means that more than 6,000 bus and subway workers will be tested a week if the MTA meets its goal.
“This is exactly the type of screening program we have been asking for and it’s a huge step forward in terms of protecting TWU Local 100 members from a possible second wave,” TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “We will closely monitor its implementation but we’re grateful our requests for testing and screening on such a scale have been heard.”
Utano first unveiled the screening proposal in May with the release of Local 100’s 10-Point Plan for a Re-Opened NYC. Utano and the top officers in the Local 100 administration also have been pressing the issue in meetings with the MTA.
The on-the-job testing locations will be changed and rotated on a regular basis. The MTA will give priority to locations in hotspot and cluster zones identified by New York State.
The MTA’s schedule for coronavirus testing and screening from late October through Nov. 8 includes nine different NYC Transit properties.
Members can get tested from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. – every day – at MACs 1, 3 and 5. The MTA recommends that you call and schedule an appointment in advance, but walk-ins are accepted.
Testing will be available between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the following Local 100 bus depots on over the next 10 days: Grand Ave. on Nov. 2nd; Gun Hill on Nov. 3rd; Flatbush, Nov. 4th; West Farms, Nov. 5th; Ulmer Park and JFK on Nov. 6th.
Local 100 will be publishing the dates and locations for the rest of November in the near future. Local 100 is in ongoing discussions about testing locations with the MTA as the program moves forward and expands. The MTA is posting schedules on through its Intranet portal for employees.
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