Service reductions would hurt essential workers most. The system is seeking a federal funding bailout.
Over a fifth of essential workers have contemplated suicide, according to a CDC report.
Among the demands are better treatment of employees of color, a $15 minimum wage and more personal protective equipment.
Brownsville, where 80% of residents are Black, had an infection rate in May that was more than twice the New York City average.
According to the ACLU, 4 out of every 5 workers in Chelsea are considered essential.
Many low-paid New Yorkers rely on the subway to get to and from work. Now, a daily halt to operations for four late night hours is complicating their commutes.