RTA Employees To Receive Hazard Pay For COVID-19

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The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority is giving in after months of demands from employees who have gotten sick in the line of duty while working during the pandemic.

The RTA announced yesterday that employees working during the coronavirus health crisis will receive up to $2,000 in "hazard pay."

The payouts, which will come in two installments, will be funded by CARES Act money and by cash the RTA expects to free up when it cuts ties with its for-profit management partner Transdev this October.

An RTA spokeswoman did not say Thursday when the first hazard pay checks would go out.

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