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Jazz Vocalist's Tribute to Essential Workers Uses Photos of Our Members

Austrian-born jazz vocalist and bandleader Elizabeth Lohninger's song Alright is a tribute to essential workers during COVID19 -- and she uses images of transit workers along with health care workers to send a message of hope amid the pandemic. Thank you for recognizing the importance and value of transit workers as we move America.

At an earlier event, the PBA recognized health care workers
At an earlier event, the PBA recognized health care workers

Cops Honoring Transit Workers Next Wednesday, May 27 -- PBA will Bring Meals and Moral Support

Our Brothers and Sisters from the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) are sponsoring an event on May 27 -- next Wednesday -- outside NYCT’s Brooklyn Headquarters at 130 Livingston Street to highlight the contributions and sacrifices of Transit Workers during the Coronavirus crisis.

PBA members will roll up in a truck jam-packed with pre-packaged meals for distribution to Transit Workers from 12:30pm until the food is gone.   All Transit Workers are asked to come out for a plate, and for a show of union solidarity with New York’s Finest.

Local 100 President Tony Utano and PBA President Pat Lynch, who started out as a NYCT Conductor before crossing over to become a Police Officer, will be on hand to greet all in attendance.

President Utano said, “we’re really looking forward to this event with our brothers and sisters in Blue.  The Coronavirus crisis has revealed to all New Yorkers that heroes are found throughout our City’s unionized workforces.  We all appreciate this show of support and solidarity from the PBA.

Union Releases 10-Point Plan for a Re-Opened NYC

IB ImageTWU Local 100, in conjunction with our International, has developed a 10-point plan for a safe and secure mass transit system to accompany the re-opening of New York City. It focuses on hazard pay, protective equipment, testing and tracing, shields and temperature checks. The Plan also calls for a study to determine why so many of our members have died, sets guidelines for accommodations for at-risk workers, and addresses one factor not under the MTA's control: the problem of the homeless and mentally ill who occupy many of the seats on train cars and buses meant for essential workers. Read the 10 Point Plan here.

Voting Power is Political Power -- How to Vote During COVID19

Election Day is June 23, 2020 for State & Federal Primaries

, and the Early Voting Period runs from June 13, 2020 – June 21, 2020. You can vote even if you cannot get to the polling place on Election Day.

Under the Governor's Executive Orders: To help prevent the community spread of COVID-19, all registered, eligible voters may apply to vote by Absentee ballot for the June 23, 2020 elections. Voters affected by COVID-19 including the risk of contracting the virus, should check the box "Temporary Illness" as the reason for requesting an Absentee Ballot. The definition has been temporarily expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 and/or the potential of contracting the virus.

Find out how to vote from home at this link: https://vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting

Call Center Operator George Manifold Passes from Coronavirus; First GCS Employee to Die from COVID-19

George Manifold, whose job it was to bring transportation services to the sick and disabled, died on April 23rd from the coronavirus. He worked at his operators’ desk at Global Contact Services until April 19th, when he became too ill to work.

Brother Manifold had three and half years with the company, a long tenure in a job environment where most operators last less than a year. GCS workers are not MTA employees, but they dispatch Access-A-Ride vans which are coordinated through the MTA. Local 100 organized the shop four years ago and won important job protections including the right to challenge disciplinary actions.

“He was a great worker,” said his union rep, Division Chair Sandra Lennon. “He never had any problems or write-ups until he got an infection in his leg and was hospitalized. Due to being hospitalized, he couldn’t report to work. He was terminated.”

Appealing the termination on December 18th of 2018, Sister Lennon fought the charges and the hearing officer ruled in the union’s favor. Brother Manifold returned to work in January of 2019.

Brother Manifold leaves five children, five grandchildren, and a wife to mourn.

Rodney Sparrow, Power Maintainer, 50, Lost to Coronavirus

Power Division is mourning the loss of another Brother to the Coronavirus.  Rodney Sparrow, a veteran of the job for nearly 23 years, died of the virus in April.  He was 50 years old.

A computer expert, he worked on the Track Geometry Train responsible for identifying and inputting track defects into the data base for quick repair.  He worked nights for many years, but had been working days at the time of his passing.

He was a graduate of the John Jay School of Criminal Justice, Class of 1993.  He was a lifelong resident of Brooklyn.

TUF Open for Virtual Classes; Webinar Offered

The TWU Local 100 - NYCT Training and Upgrading fund is open for business despite the pandemic.  Virtual meetings will be held on Zoom from 9AM to 4PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays. You can email TUF at: info@twulocal100tuf.org to request an appointment. Read the TUF flyer about how to get into the webinar open house here.

Read the We're Open flyer here.
 

EEM Harvey Knight Dies of the Virus

Harvey K. Knight, Jr., a veteran Elevator and Escalator Maintainer for nearly 20 years with NYCT, died on the Coronavirus on April 23, 2020. He is described by those who knew him on the job as a dedicated father, husband, friend and co-worker.

“He was a hard-working, dedicated employee, who had great enthusiasm for his job and his union,” said a friend in an email to the union.

A funeral took place on May 15, 2020 at Unity Funeral Chapels, 2352 Frederick Douglas Blvd. in Manhattan.  The family said it will be holding a memorial at a later date for those unable to attend the funeral during this time of Coronavirus restrictions on gatherings. He is survived by his wife, Lorena, and three children, Jovanna, Jayvon and Justina.

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