The IAM and the Transportation Communications Union (TCU-IAM) joined a group of labor unions and federal lawmakers rallying for additional relief funds to support the nation’s transit workers.

The IAM signed onto a letter urging House and Senate leaders to consider an additional $32 billion of relief for transit agencies in the next CARES Act bill.

“It has become clear that this ongoing crisis is much more costly than previously anticipated, and that public transportation will need another significant infusion to remain operational for the foreseeable future,” the IAM, TCU-IAM and other unions wrote in the letter.

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed thousands of people across the globe. The novel coronavirus has also upended economies in-part as people abide by stay-at-home orders, essentially halting demand for some public transit. The buses, subways and other public transit however remains a vital necessity to front-line workers like nurses and doctors who are tasked with fighting the pandemic.

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