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TWU Founder Mike Quill with Dr. King and former Local 100 President Matty Guinan at our 1961 Convention
TWU Founder Mike Quill with Dr. King and former Local 100 President Matty Guinan at our 1961 Convention

TWU Local 100 Honors Dr. King

America's workers had no better friend and supporter than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In fact, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis while speaking out against racism and injustice against the City's sanitation workers during the famous "I Am a Man" strike. TWU leaders of the 50's and 60's had a close friendship with Dr. King, who delivered the keynote speech at the TWU International Convention in New York in 1961.
 
Local 100 leaders spent 2017's three-day MLK weekend honoring his legacy by fighting for better wages and better conditions for the workforce that moves more than 8 million New Yorkers every day.  We came away with a solid contract that protects our health benefits and wages and other economic benefits  that keep us ahead of inflation. All without any givebacks.
 
So as we all enjoy the promise of improved benefits and economics for ourselves and our families in the next two years, let us reflect for a moment on the great legacy of struggle that has made our current fights possible.
 
John Samuelsen
President, TWU Local 100
 

Summer Childcare Vouchers Now Open to Union Members

Summer and Fall childcare slots are now available to union members employed by NYCT and MaBSTOA. Click here for program details and requirements. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis. Members must be in good standing to apply.

TWU Working Women Bring Toys to Homeless Families

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This holiday season was marked by hope and cheer brought to homeless families by our own Working Women's Committee. In December, committee members brought toys to families from shelters in Brownsville, and also distributed gifts to needy families within the transit system. We were joined in Brownsville by Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, a great friend to our union.

This holiday season was marked by hope and cheer brought to homeless families by our own Working Women's Committee. In December, committee members brought toys to families from shelters in Brownsville, and also distributed gifts to needy families within the transit system. We were joined in Brownsville by Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, a great friend to our union. Enjoy the show

A New Year’s Greeting from Local 100 President John Samuelsen

New Year’s Eve is always a big night for transit workers. We bring hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to Times Square for the biggest New Year’s celebration in the world. And then when it’s all over, we bring them back home safe and sound to get ready for 2017.

New Year’s Eve has also provided some of the most important moments in TWU history. From the 1940’s until the early 1980’s, the Local 100 contract traditionally expired at midnight on New Year’s Eve. New York will never forget the New Year in 1966 when transit workers hit the picket lines in the first city-wide bus and subway strike in New York City history.

We are just two weeks away from the expiration of our current agreement on January 15, 2017 and just one week away from our Mass Membership Meeting on Saturday January 7, 2017 at the Madison Square Garden Theater. At our mass rally outside 2 Broadway on Nov. 15th, thousands of transit workers served notice on the MTA that we are ready to do whatever is necessary to win a fair contract. Our Contract with the MTA Expires on January 15, 2017.

The level of membership engagement in this contract campaign has been outstanding beginning with our big rally at 2 Broadway on November 15, 2016 and again with our action at the MTA Board meeting on Dec. 14, 2016. Let’s keep the energy building as we push toward January 15.

If you are working on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, the City, the MTA and your union owe you a great debt of gratitude. If you are lucky enough to have off, enjoy this time with your family and friends.

On behalf of the Local 100 leadership team, I wish the entire Local 100 family in all our Divisions across the City, Westchester, Jersey City, Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC a Happy New Year.

John Samuelsen,
President
TWU Local 100

 

Contract Fight Update at Mass Membership Meeting in Madison Square Garden on January 7 | TWU Local 100

At our mass rally outside 2 Broadway on Nov. 15th, thousands of transit workers served notice on the MTA that we are ready to do whatever is necessary to win a fair contract. Our Contract with the MTA Expires on January 15, 2017.

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