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Signal Helper Monique Brathwaite in Harlem Hospital
Signal Helper Monique Brathwaite in Harlem Hospital

Transit Workers Deserve Good Raises


Monique Brathwaite, 36, a single mother, took a job working on NYC’s dangerous subway tracks to better provide for her four boys. Now, she’s lying in a hospital bed in Harlem with severe burns. Surgeons had to amputate one arm below the elbow. Brathwaite, 35, was horribly unlucky. She tripped and fell onto the electrified third rail, which carries 600 volts of electricity. But you could also say she was fortunate. She very easily could have died. Transit workers are killed on the job regularly.

NYC Transit doesn’t suspend subway service for many of the inspection and regular repair jobs transit workers carry out every day and night. Workers have to dodge trains and keep clear of the electrified - and always present - third rail. Subway conductors, bus operators, station cleaners and other transit workers also are often targets for the criminals and lunatics out there who have equal access to the bus and subway system as the rest of us. At least 234 transit workers were killed or fatally injured on the job since 1946, many of them were struck by trains while doing maintenance or construction projects. Twelve transit workers were killed on the job over the last 15 years:

*Samuel McPhaul was electrocuted by the third rail near Grand Central Station in Manhattan in July 2001.

* Christopher Bonaparte was killed by an A train at the Liberty Ave. station in East New York, Brooklyn, in April 2002.

* Joy Anthony was killed by a No. 3 train near the 96th St.-Broadway station in Manhattan in November 2002.

* Kurien Baby was killed by an E train near the Canal Street station in Manhattan in November 2002.

* Conductor Janell Bennerson was killed when her head slammed into an ill-placed fence post at the end of the Aqueduct/N. Conduit Ave. station in Ozone Park, Queens, in January 2003.

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How the Mayor is Failing Labor

In an op-ed for the Daily News, featured on the cover of today's paper, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen takes NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to task for faltering support for organized labor. Read the complete op-ed article here.

Contract Kickoff Rally Set for November 15th

Our contracts with the MTA expire on January 15, 2017. Local 100 President John Samuelsen has called for a mass mobilization at 2 Broadway for November 15th -- two months before contract expiration. We're putting a major presence on the street right in front of 2 Broadway to set the tone for negotiations: that transit workers will do whatever it takes to get a good contract.

The rally is set for 5pm on Tuesday, November 15th. Plan to arrive early. March with your Department and Division -- show your union pride and our determination to win. Download, print and distribute our flyer here.

Transit Workers Up in Lights at Times Square

TWU Local 100 members bring millions of New Yorkers and visitors in and out of Times Square -- the Crossroads of the World -- in a fast-paced, 24/7 rhythm that moves with our buses and trains.

If all those people didn’t know who really moves New York underground on subways and above ground on buses, they’ll be reminded of it on a giant Times Square jumbotron right across from a subway entrance.

That's because TWU Local 100 has purchased time on the big screen at 1500 Broadway (at 43rd Street) to show New Yorkers who their City’s real movers and shakers are.

Here is the first 15-second segment that will be played four times an hour for 20 hours per day for the three-month period of Oct. 15, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017 (which is not coincidentally the expiration of our agreement).

Local 100 President John Samuelsen explained that the messaging would first and foremost highlight transit workers’ contributions to the economic and social fabric of New York.  He said that future messages would shine a light on the union’s fight for a new on-time contract, and be used as a tool to generate interest in union events such as our contract kickoff rally on Nov. 15, 2016, outside 2 Broadway.

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