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Arrangements for Sonny Hall, former President of TWU Local 100 and the TWU of America

Arrangements for Sonny Hall, President Emeritus of the TWU International are as follows:

There will be a Viewing at the Riverdale-on-Hudson Funeral Home at 6110 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY on Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 from 2PM to 5PM.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 20, at 10:30 AM at St. Margaret of Cortona, 6000 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY.
The family requests that anyone who wishes to remember Sonny is a special way, or in lieu of flowers, to send a donation in his name to: TWU Widows and Orphans Fund, 195 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Messages of Condolence may be sent to: Patricia Hall, 515 East 79th Street, apt 20E, New York, NY 10075

TWU/NYCT Childcare Vouchers Available Starting Feb. 7

Childcare for union members (NYCT/OA/MTABus) now for Summer and Fall sessions Available starting Feb. 7 -- Click on the image for the download.

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Mayor and Governor Announce Subway Safety Plans

In a welcome sign of cooperation and focus, Mayor Adams and Gov. Hochul announced Thursday new subway initiatives to increase safety and reduce the homeless population dwelling underground.

Adams, who was endorsed by TWU Local 100, said street-level police officers not responding to emergencies will be directed to park their cars and enter subway stations for security checks – and to increase the uniformed presence in the system. Subway-dedicated officers in the Transit Bureau will be directed to ride and walk through trains instead of congregating on mezzanines, he said. And officers sitting behind desks who can be of better service on patrol will be placed into transit patrol, he said, appearing with Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

“Omnipresence is the key,” Adams said at a press conference at the Fulton Transit Center in Manhattan. Hochul said the state will fund new homeless outreach teams consisting of mental health professionals and build more affordable housing with support services.

“We’re happy the new governor and new mayor are working together to improve safety for both riders and workers,” TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “Riders come in and out of the system, but this is our office. This is where we spend 8, 10, or even more hours a day.  The mayor and governor are giving the issue of public safety in the transit system the focus and attention that’s required.”

Officials said the goal was not to hound the homeless with enforcement for low-level infractions but to get them the help they need to move on with their lives, and out of the transit system. Adams indicated that he believes laws need to be enforced or adapted to deal with the thorny issue of handling subway dwellers who refuse services, including alternative shelter.

Watch the coverage from WPIX-TV above.

Enroll Online for Our Spring 2022 Courses

IB ImageOur Training and Upgrading Fund (TUF) offers courses to Union members on site and online. Offerings include computers and electronics, learning software productivity tools like MS Word and MS Excel, Math, Spanish, and sign language. Also, a course for women on exploring non-traditional careers. Get all the details by clicking on image at left for a full copy of the two-page flyer.

Animal Welfare Comes First for our Horse Carriage Drivers

Our new radio spot beginning today highlights the animal welfare provisions that govern the carriage horse industry, which we are proud to represent.

Utano, Phillips, Crisp, Whichard Re-Elected to Top Four Union Positions

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DECEMBER 8 -- Local 100 members have re-elected President Tony Utano to a new three-year term, as well as incumbent running mates on the Stand United Slate, Earl Phillips as Secretary Treasurer, LaTonya Crisp as Recording Secretary and Lynwood Whichard as Administrative Vice President.

 

Six of the seven Vice Presidents on Utano’s slate, including John Chiarello (Maintenance of Way); Richard Davis (MaBSTOA); Shirley Martin (Car Equipment); Robert Kelley (Stations); Peter Rosconi (MTA Bus/School Bus/Private Operations), and JP Patafio (TAS) were all victorious.  RTO members elected Canella Gomez as their Departmental Vice President from the Progressive Change slate.

 

President Utano said of the results: “I want to thank the membership for placing its faith in me to lead our union for the next three years.  We all kept the faith throughout the pandemic, and together battled to keep our workplaces safe and to move the union forward on all fronts.  We secured billions in federal aid for the MTA which will guarantee our jobs, our benefits and sanctity of our collective bargaining agreements for the foreseeable future.  Better days are coming, and I am thrilled to be able to continue as President of this great organization, TWU.”

 

Unofficial results on all elections have been posted on the Elections Committee page. These results will be subject to certification.

Latest COVID Memo on Testing

Management has issued a memo on COVID-19 testing which explains testing procedures for members who choose not to get vaccinated. It also explains how to provide proof of vaccination. You can read it here.

We Celebrate Indian-American Heritage -- Photos from the Event

Indian Day 2021

Five hundred transit workers hailing from India and Southeast Asia celebrated with Union leadership at a festive evening November 20th in Elmont. Officiating at the celebration were longtime CED officer Jolly Eapen and the younger members of the Committee. A great time was had by all -- the food was first rate, and Bollywood dancers and singers entertained the crowd. Enjoy the pix!

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