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Union Wishes a Happy Hanukkah to Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights. This year, it is celebrated for eight days beginning on December 2. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp. The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days. Local 100 extends our best wishes for a wonderful holiday to our Jewish Brothers and Sisters on this happy occasion.

Union Brings News Coverage to Problem of Aggressive Swipers

Friday, November 30 -- WPIX Channel 11 Reporter Mary Murphy reports on the continuing epidemic of swipers, who are harassing tourists coming in from the area’s airports. In this report, rank and file Station Agent Paula Collier tells Murphy just how the swipers operate.  TWU Local 100 Stations VP Derick Echevarria and Division Chair Joe Bermudez explain how swipers, frustrated by scrutiny from our members, retaliate against Station Agents. Watch the report here.

Mace Attack at Grand Central Sickens Riders, Conductors

The Daily News reported today on an incident in which one rider used a chemical spray in the transit system. Local 100 President Tony Utano, commenting on the incident -- in which four platform conductors were affected by mace-like fumes -- took a shot at editorial writers and columnists who have suggested MTA budget gaps be balanced on the backs of workers.

“The next time an editorial writer or a columnist wants to suggest transit workers take a wage freeze, they should first remember incidents like this,” Utano said. “Transit workers are on the front lines and face hazards all the time.”

Read the complete story here.

New York’s first woman to serve as Senate Majority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, with TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano at a recent event.
New York’s first woman to serve as Senate Majority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, with TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano at a recent event.

Daughter of TWU Local 100 Member is New York’s First Woman to Be Selected Senate Majority Leader

The new leader of the Democratic Majority in the State Senate is a long-time TWU Local 100 friend and supporter, Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins. 
 
Sen. Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers), whose father was a member of TWU Local 100 as a Car Maintainer for more than 20 years, has been the Democratic Minority Leader since 2013.  The November elections gave a clear majority (40-23) to the Democrats for the first time in decades.  Her selection marks the first time a woman has held this influential post.
 
Local 100 President Tony Utano hailed Stewart-Cousins ascendency as “a win for all working families in our state, and especially for transit workers.  As the daughter of a transit worker, Sen. Stewart-Cousins knows first-hand the kind of sacrifice we all make to deliver New York City’s most important public service.  It will be good to have one of our own in one of Albany’s most important positions.”
 
She was first elected to the State Senate in 2006 where she has been a strong advocate for human rights; quality education; accessible and affordable health care; and making government more efficient, transparent and accountable to all citizens.
 
Prior to her service in the Senate, she served for a decade as a Westchester County Legislator where she authored and passed landmark legislation, including: Westchester County’s first human rights laws; living wage laws; smoke-free workplace laws; tougher gun laws; laws that prosecute "predatory lenders,” and laws that have provided tax cuts for seniors and veterans.

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