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Census Job Fair Set for Friday, Feb. 28

TWU Local 100, in conjunction with the NYC Central Labor Council, is sponsoring a 2020 Census Job Fair at the Union Hall on Friday, February 28th from 10AM to 2PM at the Union Hall (195 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201). We need people to assist with the 2020 Census count. Excellent pay from $28 an hour. Find out more at the Census Job Fair. Click here for the flyer.

Union Meets with MTA on Coronavirus Threat

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano and Secretary Treasurer Earl Phillips met with MTA officials today, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, to discuss the coronavirus outbreak in China.
“We are monitoring the situation and paying close attention to the reports coming from experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the state and city health departments,” Utano said. “We are following their lead and urge everyone to follow their prevention recommendations.”
The CDC issued these recommendations:  

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Stay home while you are sick
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their healthcare provider before presenting for treatment.

Tuskegee Airmen Honored at Namesake Depot

FEBRUARY 17, 2020 – The Tuskegee Airmen – a now legendary group of African-American pilots who served in WWII with the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group and then became TWU Local 100 members after joining NYCT, were honored in a ceremony at the Bus Depot named for them in Harlem.
The ceremony was set up by the NYC Transit Veterans Employee Resource Group.

Also on hand were TWU Local 100 Veterans Committee Vice Chair Ron Gregory and Recording Secretary Joe DiPaola. The Black History Month event also featured former Congressman Charlie Rangel, whose good friend and former Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton was one of the Airmen. Formerly known as the 100th Street Bus Depot, the facility was renamed the Tuskegee Airmen Bus Depot in 2012.

Here are the Airmen who subsequently worked for transit:
Reginald T. Brewster – Joined the NYCBOT as a clerk in 1948 while attending law school.
Victor A. Collymore – Worked for NYCBOT from 1947 to 1952.
Conrad A. DeSandies – Worked for NYC Transit in 1959 as a maintainer’s helper.
Harry R. Dickenson – Worked for NYC Transit from 1984 to 1989 as deputy chief engineer.
John R. Freeman – Retired as a manager, Operating Authority (OA) Surface.
Noel R. Harris – Began his career at NYCBOT in 1948 as an auditor for the Staten Island Depot.
Oscar W. Hawkins – Joined NYCBOT in 1949, holding titles of towerman, train dispatcher, train master, superintendent of Operations and Transportation before moving to Labor Relations in 1971. He retired from NYC Transit in 1987.
Austin D. McKenzie – Retired as an assistant train dispatcher in 1970.
Maury M. Reid, Jr. – Joined NYCBOT in 1948 as a railroad clerk. He transferred to Rapid Transit Operations and became the director of the RTO Training School, retiring as an assistant director, Office of Labor Relations.
Percy E. Sutton – Worked for NYCBOT from 1948 to 1953 as a subway conductor, token clerk, and waiter while attending law school.
Victor W. Terrelonge – Joined NYCBOT as a trolley motorman out of Coney Island. He advanced through the ranks of NYC Transit, retiring in 1984 as a safety coordinator. From 1984 to 2003, he served as a safety consultant to the Legal Department.
Fred O. Wilson – Joined NYCBOT in 1945 as a street car operator and retired as a bus operator from the Jamaica Bus Depot in 1

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RTO Officers (l-r) Raul Lugo, VP Eric Loegel, and Zach Arcidiacono mark the end of the "rubber room."
RTO Officers (l-r) Raul Lugo, VP Eric Loegel, and Zach Arcidiacono mark the end of the "rubber room."

"Rubber Room" is Gone for RTO and MABSTOA

FEBRUARY 6, 2020 -- The "pilot program" in RTO and MABSTOA, which consigned union members to a "rubber room" at PS 248 in Brooklyn, officially ended today at a meeting attended by RTO officers at 2 Broadway, and led by Administrative Vice President Nelson Rivera. Officially called the "differential assessment program," it was unilaterally initiated by Transit in 2016. The program required injured workers to report for two weeks of "light duty" work before they could go out on workers' compensation. If the worker did not attend, Transit would withhold contractual "differential pay."

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