New Year’s Eve is always a big night for transit workers. We bring hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to Times Square for the biggest New Year’s celebration in the world. And then when it’s all over, we bring them back home safe and sound to get ready for 2017.
New Year’s Eve has also provided some of the most important moments in TWU history. From the 1940’s until the early 1980’s, the Local 100 contract traditionally expired at midnight on New Year’s Eve. New York will never forget the New Year in 1966 when transit workers hit the picket lines in the first city-wide bus and subway strike in New York City history.
We are just two weeks away from the expiration of our current agreement on January 15, 2017 and just one week away from our Mass Membership Meeting on Saturday January 7, 2017 at the Madison Square Garden Theater. At our mass rally outside 2 Broadway on Nov. 15th, thousands of transit workers served notice on the MTA that we are ready to do whatever is necessary to win a fair contract. Our Contract with the MTA Expires on January 15, 2017.
The level of membership engagement in this contract campaign has been outstanding beginning with our big rally at 2 Broadway on November 15, 2016 and again with our action at the MTA Board meeting on Dec. 14, 2016. Let’s keep the energy building as we push toward January 15.
If you are working on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the City, the MTA and your union owe you a great debt of gratitude. If you are lucky enough to have off, enjoy this time with your family and friends.
On behalf of the Local 100 leadership team, I wish the entire Local 100 family in all our Divisions across the City, Westchester, Jersey City, Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC a Happy New Year.
TWU Local 100
At our mass rally outside 2 Broadway on Nov. 15th, thousands of transit workers served notice on the MTA that we are ready to do whatever is necessary to win a fair contract. Our Contract with the MTA Expires on January 15, 2017.