Given the shifting advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the use of masks and face coverings, MARTA will begin distribution of disposable masks to all employees not able to work from home on Friday, April 10. MARTA
The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) announced it will provide an additional 80 hours of paid sick leave to all employees affected by COVID-19 and will implement the new requirements around Emergency Family and Medical Leave outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Most MARTA employees are represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 732. The current labor agreement provides for 96 hours of paid sick time, annually, and one to six weeks of vacation, depending on seniority.
“We understand how difficult it is to be an essential public worker during this pandemic,” said MARTA GM/CEO Jeffrey Parker. “As we all adapt to this new normal, I want to do everything I can to protect the health of our employees and our customers while continuing to provide essential transit service. I appreciate the ongoing collaboration with ATU’s local President Britt Dunams as each week brings new challenges to resolve around operations, service levels and employee issues.”
The emergency paid leave of up to 80 hours is available for any employee in the following situations:
- Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking medical diagnosis.
- Advised by MARTA to self-quarantine due to risk of exposure to COVID-19 as a result of close contact with a COVID-19 affected co-worker.
- Advised by a health care professional to self-quarantine due to underlying personal health conditions or other personal reasons.
- Caring for an individual who is required to quarantine.
- Caring for the employee’s dependent child if the child’s school or place of care is closed.
When the emergency paid leave is exhausted, employees may use accrued paid sick and/or vacation time as needed. Any MARTA employee who has a confirmed and medically documented diagnosis of COVID-19 will be paid for the full length of their recovery period until they are medically cleared to return to work. As of today, MARTA has 14 employees who have self-reported a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and 183 employees off work due to risk of exposure.
Given the shifting advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the use of masks and face coverings, MARTA will begin distribution of disposable masks to all employees not able to work from home on Friday, April 10.