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TWU Mourns Jerry Dabrowski, Lighting Maintainer

TWU Local 100 mourns Lighting Maintainer Jerry Dabrowski, who died in active service. There will be a viewing on Monday, October 24, from 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm at Meigel Funeral Home at 6418 Flushing Ave, in Maspeth N.Y. 11378. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 25, at 11am at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church 61-21 56th Road, Maspeth N.Y. 11378

-- John V. Chiarello,Division Chairman, Line Equipment Signal

Monique Brathwaite with Union Rep Duvet Williams in her hospital bed
Monique Brathwaite with Union Rep Duvet Williams in her hospital bed

Update on Signal Helper Monique Brathwaite

 I report with great sadness that our sister Monique Brathwaite, a probationary signal helper and mother of four boys, had her right arm amputated below the elbow by surgeons at Harlem Hospital because of extreme nerve damage. Monique, 36, was gravely injured Oct. 7th when she had an accident involving an electrified third rail.

Please keep Monique and her family in your prayers. You can contribute to a Go Fund Me page to help Monique and her family with their expenses at the following link:

-- John Samuelsen, President  

Samuelsen Op Ed in the Daily News: The raise transit workers deserve: The state and MTA, which have the money, must pay bus and subway professionals more.

They can't really protect us. So they damn well should pay us. The unique stresses and perils that come with being a transit worker have been on full display in recent months.

On Sept. 14, a rider with a chip on his shoulder and some screws loose in his head slammed a female conductor against a wall on a J train. The next day, someone smacked a B-train conductor with a bag. Weeks earlier, another miscreant set fire to a station booth while an agent was inside.

You can find an example every single day of a bus or subway worker being assaulted or abused: punched, spat upon, threatened, knocked to the ground or worse.

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Contract Kickoff Rally Set for November 15th

Our contracts with the MTA expire on January 15, 2017. Local 100 President John Samuelsen has called for a mass mobilization at 2 Broadway for November 15th -- two months before contract expiration. We're putting a major presence on the street right in front of 2 Broadway to set the tone for negotiations: that transit workers will do whatever it takes to get a good contract.

The rally is set for 5pm on Tuesday, November 15th. Plan to arrive early. March with your Department and Division -- show your union pride and our determination to win. Download, print and distribute our flyer here.

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