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Union Sponsors Grievance, Steward Training for Big Bus, GoNY Tours Reps

Local 100 sponsored a day-long training session at the union hall for section representatives from Big Bus New York and GoNY Tours on Aug. 13, 2018.  The Big Bus reps include Mark Williams, Mike Nuñez, Brien Milesi and Paul Stewart.  Daniel Morales attended from GoNY.  Local 100 President Tony Utano (center rear) and Division Chair Carlos Bernabel (center front) were on hand for the graduation.  Instructor Robert Wechsler is at the far right. 

We Step Out at the Domincan Day Parade

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 -- With dignitaries including NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and New York's distinguished Dominican American legislators, Congressman Adriano Espaillat and State Senator Marisol Alcantara, TWU Local 100 rank and file enjoyed a festive breakfast and a joyful parade up 6th Avenue. The union's top leadership, including Local 100 President Tony Utano and International President John Samuelsen led our contingent. Enjoy the photos here:

Dominican Day Parade 2018


Union Releases New Wanted Poster After Brutal Attack on A Train

IB ImageMONDAY, AUGUST 13 -- TWU Local 100 this afternoon will begin distributing Most Wanted posters along the A line urging riders to identify a man who repeatedly punched a subway conductor Saturday morning at the Grant Ave. station in Brooklyn.
A Local 100 representative was dispatched to meet with the Conductor immediately after the crime was reported, and the Conductor came to the Union Hall Monday morning where he met with Local 100 President Tony Utano and RTO VP Joe Costales. Utano and Costales made sure the Conductor is getting all the assistance he needs in dealing with the Transit Authority. Union staffers also are assisting the NYPD in preparing an official NYPD Wanted Poster for distribution to the media.
The attack, which took place at approximately 4:40 a.m., was videotaped by at least one bystander and posted on Facebook. The Conductor suffered a black eye, and scratches to his face and arms.
The Conductor announced the train was going express and stopped at the Grant Ave. station when suddenly the man appeared at his window. “This young gentlemen came up on me yelling and screaming, and before I could say anything he was throwing punches at me,” the Conductor said.
Producing a TWU Local 100 Most Wanted Poster to shed more light on unsolved cases involving attacks on transit workers is “definitely a good idea,” the Conductor, who requested anonymity, said. “Once you start identifying these people, and they see they won’t be anonymous anymore, maybe it will cut down on the number of them being so brazen.”
Utano directed Local 100 staff to begin distributing the poster on the A line.
“If you attack one of our members, we are going to do everything in our power to make sure you are identified, arrested and prosecuted,” Utano said. “We’re fighting back against these criminals.”

Executive Board Endorses James for NYS Attorney General

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Tish James with the union’s top four officers. From left are: Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp, Admin. VP Nelson Rivera, President Tony Utano, Tish James, Secretary Treasurer Earl Phillips.

Letitia ‘Tish’ James made a special guest visit to the July Local 100 Executive Board meeting and she was rewarded with a unanimous endorsement for her bid to become the next New York State Attorney General.

The vote was 37-0 to endorse Ms. James, who is currently the New York City Public Advocate. Local 100 President Tony Utano said that the endorsement was “an easy choice, as the unanimous vote of the Board indicates. Tish James has been there for transit families and all of New York’s working families her entire political career. She has an impeccable record of service to our City and she will make a great Attorney General.”

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The Local 100 Executive Board voted unanimously to endorse Tish James for NYS Attorney General.
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