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Dayan Hunter, a TWU Member, is on the right. His brother Dave is at left.
Dayan Hunter, a TWU Member, is on the right. His brother Dave is at left.

TWU Mourns Brothers Dayan and Dave Hunter

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Dayan Hunter, 47, and his brother, Dave Hunter, 44, who died in a horrific crash on the Bronx River Parkway near East 233rd Street shortly after midnight on the morning of February 17th. Dayan was a Cleaner at the Kingsbridge Bus Depot in upper Manhattan. HIs brother worked at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and was a member of Local 1199.

The brothers will have a homegoing service on Monday, February 27, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 777 East 222nd Street in the Bronx. Reflections will be from 10 AM to 11 AM with the service starting promptly at 11 AM. The burial will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings on Hudson, New York.

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Workers at the American Aribtration Association open ballot envelopes on February 14 in preparation for scanning vote totals
Workers at the American Aribtration Association open ballot envelopes on February 14 in preparation for scanning vote totals

Members Vote 70-30 to Ratify New Contract with the MTA

Rank and file transit workers have ratified a new 28-month contract with the MTA by a 70-30 percent margin.  In total, transit workers voted 10,540 in favor vs. 4,571 against.  Divisional breakdowns will be available tomorrow.  Balloting was conducted by the American Arbitration Association.  The count took place at AAA’s offices at 120 Broadway.  The contract covers Local 100 members employed by MTA-NYCT, MTA-MABSTOA and MTA Bus.

TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen said of the ratification:  “I want to thank rank-and-file transit workers for their strong show of support in ratifying this agreement with the MTA.  They recognized that the contract provides wage increases and other economic enhancements that will keep transit workers ahead of inflation, and fully protects their health coverage and wins important medical benefit gains without the concessions that are enshrined in city and state public sector patterns. It secures an unprecedented "me too" wage guarantee with the LIRR unions, which have the right to strike and are governed by federal law and wage patterns set by the national freight and commuter railroad sectors. 

"The contract does not lock us into a long-term commitment, which provides an important hedge against any unforeseen spike in inflation.  For the first time, this contract has secured an agreement from the MTA to hire and utilize in house forces to retrofit the older parts of the transit infrastructure to provide clean, comfortable and safe crew areas for our sisters in transit.

"Over the next several months, our union will be plotting the course for 2017 and 2018, knowing that the potential of a national right-to-work bill and other destructive anti-trade union laws are likely coming our way. In this age of national political uncertainty, we must unite or risk great harm. In the coming months, I will be making extraordinary efforts to unify Local 100 to face this oncoming battle."

NYCERS Customer Service Relocated

This is from our retirement system, so please take note! Download the flyer here.

Due to an unforeseen emergency, New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS) Customer Service located at the mezzanine level of 340 Jay Street is closed until further notice. Please Note: Until NYCERS restores all services, appointments are available for RETIREMENT and DISABILITY applications ONLY at 335 Adams Street. In order to schedule an appointment, please call (347) 643-3000. New York City Transit employees who wish to file any other forms (other than disability and retirement) such as Application to Purchase Service Credit, Application for Loan, etc. may submit the notarized forms to NYCERS staff at 335 Adams Street. Alternatively, completed forms may be mailed to NYCERS. Please mail completed forms to: New York City Employees’ Retirement System 30-30 47th Avenue, 10th Floor Long Island City, NY 11101

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