JULY 14 -- Defense Motion Rejected: In NYS Supreme Court today, Justice Gregory Carro rejected arguments put forward by Harvey Slovis, attorney for Dominic Whilby who is being tried for the murder of Bus Operator William Pena. Slovis wanted the Judge to throw out the top two counts, for Murder in the Second Degree, claiming that Whilby was too drunk to understand what he was doing. Reading a two-page decision, Carro made it clear that the Grand Jury’s indictments were well-founded because Whilby had made many rational decisions even while drunk. He ultimately drove a stolen bakery truck into Pena’s M14 crosstown bus, killing the Operator.
At TWU Local 100’s first Westchester Family Day at Redmond Park in Yonkers, the Union’s top leadership shared a day of food, music, and fun for the kids with 400 TWU members and families mainly from school bus properties in Westchester. Bus Operators from Liberty Lines, our largest property in the County, also came to the event. At the event, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen said that the Union expects to put forward a renewed commitment to organizing new properties in Westchester this fall. Enjoy the photos!
JULY 11 -- TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen brought the union's wealth of experience in combating transit assaults to Washington when he participated in the U.S. Department of Transportation's transit assault prevention summit at DOT headquarters today. Samuelsen -- also representing the TWU of America as International Executive Vice President -- told DOT officials including Deputy Administrator Therese McMillan about the dangers transit workers face day in and day out as they fulfill their mission of transporting millions who depend on a safe ride on public transit buses and trains. "For many transit workers in America, going to work every day means putting themselves in harm's way," he said. "Transit workers who deal regularly with the public often have no guarantee of their physical safety on the job. They are the face of the system. If a rider is frustrated because their bus is late, they take it out on the driver."
Enjoy free baseball! On Monday, August 4, it will be TWU night at MCU Park as our own Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Connecticut Tigers. Enjoy a evening out with friends and family, right here in Brooklyn. Call the Union Hall at 212-873-6000 ext 2026 or 2157 to get your free tickets. Download the flyer here.