Interview: CTA train motorman Eric Basir discusses Transit Workers Unite’s petition on the COVID-19 crisis and his own battle with the disease.
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Interview:  This is the full, unedited interview with transit worker Eric Basir.  Excerpts were aired on the 4/19/2020 and the 5/3/2020 episodes of Labor Express Radio. Eric Basir, train motorman and member of ATU Local 308 discusses Transit Workers Unite's petition calling for workers action in the face of COVID-19 and the job action of the CTA train cleaners who were forced to work in unsafe conditions.  Eric himself, like far too many transit workers has contracted COVID-19.  He has not ended up in the hospital but the symptoms have been dragging out and preventing his ability to return to work.  Unfortunately Eric, like many other CTA employees has struggled to get tested and then struggled to get sick days even though CTA policy is that he should not return to work until his symptoms have subsided.  Eric is speaking here on behalf of himself and Transit Workers Unite, he is not representing ATU or CTA in this interview.  The petition he refers to can be found here…

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