Sopranos Actor Vincent Pastore -- whose mob nickname has taken on added heft after remarks by presidential candidate Donald Trump -- picked up the Man of the Year Award at Local 100's annual Italian Heritage celebration. Pastore, a SAG-AFTRA member who has been vocal about not taking non-union jobs, was praised by President Samuelsen as a trade unionist at the event, which also featured four other actors who appeared on The Sopranos. MOW Vice President Tony Utano, affectionately introduced by LES Chair John V. Chiarello as Local 100's own Godfather, brought his family to the dinner and proudly welcomed several hundred union members to the event. All attendees had great food catered by Clemente's, as well as the best cappucino and pastries that Brooklyn has to offer. Salut! Enjoy the slides and be sure to come back next year!
In an op-ed for the Daily News, featured on the cover of today's paper, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen takes NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to task for faltering support for organized labor. Read the complete op-ed article here.
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.
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: https://www.gofundme.com/2tl33o4
TWU Local 100 members bring millions of New Yorkers and visitors in and out of Times Square -- the Crossroads of the World -- in a fast-paced, 24/7 rhythm that moves with our buses and trains.
If all those people didn’t know who really moves New York underground on subways and above ground on buses, they’ll be reminded of it on a giant Times Square jumbotron right across from a subway entrance.
That's because TWU Local 100 has purchased time on the big screen at 1500 Broadway (at 43rd Street) to show New Yorkers who their City’s real movers and shakers are.
Here is the first 15-second segment that will be played four times an hour for 20 hours per day for the three-month period of Oct. 15, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017 (which is not coincidentally the expiration of our agreement).
Local 100 President John Samuelsen explained that the messaging would first and foremost highlight transit workers’ contributions to the economic and social fabric of New York. He said that future messages would shine a light on the union’s fight for a new on-time contract, and be used as a tool to generate interest in union events such as our contract kickoff rally on Nov. 15, 2016, outside 2 Broadway.