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TWU Represents at Breast Cancer Walk 2014

The TWU Local 100 Women's Committee and supporters met on October 19th at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Blvd to support this important cause. There's still time to contribute to the TWU Local 100 Team, or to our individual Team Members. Here are links to their individual pages: Brander White, Norma Lopez, Emmanuella Mathurin, and Kia Phua. Thank you.

Ebola Guidance

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), has released a three-page guidance document on Ebola Virus Disease and how workers can protect themselves. TWU Local 100 considers this reliable and effective information for our members. A NYCOSH staff member was present for the union at a recent briefing on Ebola with MTA management. Members are advised to download and review the information in this document and contact the TWU Health and Safety Department if you have additional questions. On Thursday, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that there will be random drills in the subway system to anticipate response in the event of an infected person. Read more about that here. The Governor also praised transit workers for being ready to respond to the threat, saying "This is not in their job description. It's not what you sign up for when you're a transit worker."

Globe Article Supports Our BikeShare Efforts in Boston

A prominent article in the Boston Globe says the city's bikeshare program -- called Hubway -- is great for riders and the community -- but urges that management support a better deal for their own workers. The column by Derrick Z. Jackson touts Hubway's "good green jobs" but is a straightforward appeal to fix the one thing that's broken -- worker complaints about "unpredictable and disruptive last-minute scheduling, being told they’re not needed after being called in, too many repairs for too few mechanics, unsafe rental vans when the company vans are out of service, and $15 wages that often seem low given the precision, organization, and safety required in some of the company’s jobs." Funny, those are exactly the same complaints that New York City Bike Share workers, who just unionized with TWU Local 100, are making! We're looking forward to making the lives of Hubway workers better, and expanding into other bikeshares as well.

Bloomberg Labor Report Profiles TWU's National BikeShare Presence

In a copyrighted story by reporter Ben Penn, the influential Bloomberg BNA Labor Report profiled TWU Local 100's national agenda for organizing bike shares. We're reprinting the story below for our readership.

Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 197 DLR A-3 (Oct. 10, 2014). Copyright 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>

After Representation Win in New York,
TWU Targets National Bike Share Presence

By Ben Penn

Oct. 10 — Propelled by a September voluntary recognition agreement with Citi Bike to represent 249 employees in New York, the Transport Workers Union now seeks to give bicycle share workers across the nation a voice on the job, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 10. TWU, which represents public and private transit workers including at New York City's subway and bus systems, views the rapidly expanding bike share industry as a “perfect fit” considering the union's primary mission

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