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Coro Fellows with PAC Director Marvin Holland
Coro Fellows with PAC Director Marvin Holland

New Blood from Coro Fellows Energizes Union Fight

TWU Local 100 has been benefiting from the services of two Coro Fellows, highly-skilled college graduates who have been selected to be part of a rigorous leadership training program. Coro is a non-profit education organization that's been developing leaders for over 60 years, and training them to tackle complex problems by rotating them in and out of government and industry.

Local 100's two Coro fellows, David Bocarsly and Michelle St. Julien, were thrown into the mix to help tackle two of our most pressing issues: David was assigned to research the differences between MTA bus employees and the rest of the MTA workforce. Michelle was put to work mapping and analyzing patterns of bus operator assaults in Brooklyn.

Working out of the PAC "war room" on the 9th floor, and mentored by PAC Director Marvin Holland, David and Michelle immersed themselves in the issues and culture of our union. David, who comes from California and attended UCLA, did research and met with City Council members to educate them on the history of the MTA Bus pension and what could be done to fix  the inequity.

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AUDIO: Talking about TWU's National Bike Share Initiative with WPFW Radio's Bill Fletcher

On Bill Fletcher Jr.’s talk show on WPFW, Arise! TWU National Bike Share Initiative lead organizer Nicholas Bedell discusses the recent successful efforts to unionize bike share workers. He describes the effort, the fight against anti-Union law firm Jackson Lewis, and our long-term objective, which is to provide these workers with sustainable jobs in the new green economy.

Hat trick plus one: DC Bikeshare workers go TWU

Workers at Capital Bikeshare in Washington, DC, which offers 2,500 cycles to commuters at 300 stations in the Metro area, have voted overwhelmingly to join TWU.

With the 41 to 14 vote to unionize, bikeshare workers in DC have joined with their brothers and sisters in New York, Chicago, and Boston.

The organizing drive was profiled by The Next City.

D.C. Bike-Share Is on the Verge of Unionizing

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