NYC transit workers want preferential shopping treatment at stores

Posted at 10:33 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 22:33:41-04

NEW YORK — The Transport Workers Union wants to know why their members can't participate in priority shopping programs.

They say they're being turned away from priority shopping at some of the biggest big box stores in New York City. Programs have set aside certain shopping hours for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Videos posted to social media show transit workers being sent away from those stores during those hours.

As of Sunday night, 68 MTA workers have died of COVID-19. More transit workers have died than members of any other agency, inclining police officers and paramedics combined.

In a statement, the TWU president wrote: “Transit workers deserve the same respect and treatment [as] police officers, firefighters and hospital workers."