Port Authority experiences job shortages and service disruptions as unvaccinated employees are asked to stay home – CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Workers are at the Port Authority garage and the bus is about to leave, but this morning dozens of people are not expected to come to work because they have not been fully vaccinated against COVID- 19.

The Port Authority is warning passengers that delays are occurring.

They also tell riders that they should have a backup plan.

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Here’s what we know so far, there are 366 unvaccinated employees who have been asked to stay home, pending the hearing. They are still being paid and the disciplinary hearings will begin on Friday.

If they get the first shot before the hearing, they will be able to return to work and have 30 days to get the second shot.

Currently, 366 unvaccinated employees have been notified by the Port Authority to stay at home. Out of 366, 180 of them are drivers.

As of Friday, the union said 61 of the 180 drivers shot for the first time were still unable to work pending their hearing. At the hearing, anyone who has not received or is not willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will have their contract terminated.

Unions say they are disappointed.

“It’s a mess when they have people taking their first dose and they’re told to stay home tomorrow,” said Ross Nicotero. “And then it’s going back to Local 85 that they’re down and the bus isn’t showing up because of us. It’s not true and it’s disappointing beyond belief. ”

In addition, the Port Authority said that due to a lack of personnel, they have stopped collecting fares and will continue to do so until the end of the service on Sunday.

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/03/16/port-authority-unvaccinated-employees-service-disruption/ Port Authority experiences job shortages and service disruptions as unvaccinated employees are asked to stay home – CBS Pittsburgh

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