Heat Related Illness

For all members driving buses in this stifling heat: Be wary. The heat can sneak up on you unexpectedly. Following are some signs you may be headed for trouble and your Union advises you to act before you get sick.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

· Heavy sweating.

· Cold, pale, and clammy skin.

· Fast, weak pulse.

· Tiredness or weakness.

· Dizziness.

· Headache.

If you experience some of these symptoms, stop & secure your bus and call Control. Tell them you’re affected by the heat and ask them for a changeover to a bus with air conditioning. Do it BEFORE you get sick.

The Union has worked hard to have the air conditioned buses deployed particularly on hot days. Management has issued clear direction that buses with A/C should be prioritized. However, it remains very difficult for bookers to ID which buses those are and some unequipped buses get out. We need to cut each other some slack on days like this. Let’s help each other out and keep each other healthy.

In Solidarity,

Steve Bradshaw
President/Business Agent
ATU Local 569