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MTA Staff Analysts Get 2.5% Raise, Benefit Gains in Pact

In a copyrighted story, the Chief's Bob Hennelly reports this week on TWU Local 100's latest contract ratification vote. The MTA's Staff Analysts, who voted to join the Union last year, now have their first contract, which gives retro money, raises and additional benefits including a commuter pass and, for the first time, overtime. This brings the newly organized MTA units, including the Staff Analysts, Computer Specialists, and other titles, to 1200 new union members. Read the story here.

Celebrating the ratification win are, from the left: President Tony Utano, Danny D’Amato, Frank McCann, VP Peter Rosconi, First Mile Square Chair Evelyn Castillo, and Division Chair Gus Moghrabi.
Celebrating the ratification win are, from the left: President Tony Utano, Danny D’Amato, Frank McCann, VP Peter Rosconi, First Mile Square Chair Evelyn Castillo, and Division Chair Gus Moghrabi.

School Bus Members Ratify Contract with First Mile Square

Local 100 members at the Yonkers-based School Bus Company, First Mile Square, have ratified a new three year contract in landslide fashion.  The tally was 282 in favor and only 7 against.  An agreement in principle was actually reached late last year just 48 hours before the union was poised to strike the company. Union officers and attorneys worked for the past few months finalizing language. The contract provides three annual wages increases and is retroactive to September 1, 2017. It expires on June 30, 2020. The voting took place from 6AM and 4PM on Friday, April 4th at 3 separate locations.

The big issue for First Mile Square workers was to reach parity with TWU’s other big Westchester School Bus company, Royal Coach, which was accomplished. First Mile Square workers transport students in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Mamaroneck.

TWU Suffers World Trade Center Fatality as MOW Carpenter, James Delman, Dies at 64

James Delman, a Locksmith and Carpenter with NYCT who had 38 years of service has died of pulmonary fibrosis, which he contracted while working as a member of the bucket brigade and clean-up crew at the World Trade Center disaster. He passed away on Sunday, May 6.

Delman, then a candidate for a bilateral lung transplant, was too ill to attend the union's 9/11 ceremony in September of last year. His grand-daughter, Sadie, accepted the medal from President Utano on his behalf. Delman told the Daily News that "I still get nightmares" from the memories of the twisted metal and dust from the demolished WTC buildings.

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James Delman's family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, May 9th, from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 at the Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals, 145 Catherine Boulevard, in Toms River, New Jersey. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 10th, at 11 AM at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Toms River, with burial to follow. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.ryanfuneralhome.com.

Brother Delman is one of approximately 35 TWU Local 100 members and retirees who have received the union's 9/11 medal, crafted to honor transit workers at Ground Zero who were awarded compensation for their illnesses and injuries by the federal goverment's Victim Compensation Board (VCF). He was one of approximately 3,000 transit workers who were either directed to respond to the terror attack or who volunteered to serve. Our members cut through iron, cleared wreckage, operated heavy equipment, and drove first responders to the site using MTA buses.

We Honor our Fallen: Workers Memorial Day 2018

At City Hall at an event organized by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and attended by labor leaders and advocates, TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano spoke of the loss of transit workers over the years and the importance of their sacrifice being recognized. Speaker Johnson has pledged to hold a similar event each year and also to begin every stated meeting of the Council with a reading of the names of fallen workers. He presented a plaque to CLC President Vinnie Alvarez. Also in attendance was Administrative VP Nelson Rivera. Later, at the TWU Local 100 Union Hall, we were joined by the families of five transit workers and union members who died in the line of duty. Receiving flowers from Local 100 were representaties from the Boggs, Richards Stevens, Bennerson, Franklin, and Pena families.

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