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New York’s largest transit union making push for Congestion Pricing

IB ImageWEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 -- Transport Workers Union Local 100 is urging the State Legislature to enact Congestion Pricing, which would give transit workers the equipment and infrastructure they need to provide world-class service.
    TWU Local 100 is running a full-page advertisement in The New York Daily News today (at left). TWU also will be leafleting riders in the transit system, Local 100 President Tony Utano said Tuesday.
    “The New York economy will falter if the NYC bus-and-subway system subway crisis is not solved,” Utano said. “We’ve made progress with the Subway Action Plan – but we can’t stop now. Our elected officials must pass congestion pricing.”
    The ad states that Congestion Pricing would generate billions of dollars for improvements such as hundreds of new subway trains, thousands of new buses and a modernized signal system.
    TWU Local 100 represents more than 40,000 bus and subway workers employed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including train operators, bus operators, mechanics, station agents and trackworkers.

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TWU members in Westchester Ratify Contract by Overwhelming 217-to-2 Margin

Hundreds of school bus workers in Westchester County will be receiving significant raises and – for the first time - paid sick days, thanks to a contract Transport Workers Union Local 100 reached with the White Plains Bus Co. "This contract will undoubtedly improve the lives of our brothers and sisters at White Plains Bus,” TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “They will be better able to take care of their families and themselves. If they need to take a sick day, now they can without being penalized by a loss of pay.”

Local 100 represents about 400 employees at White Plains Bus, including Bus and Van Operators, Bus Monitors and Mechanics. The company, a subsidiary of National Express, provides school bus service for the White Plains school district, paratransit service for Westchester County, and charter bus service for special events and summer camps in the region.  Over the course of the five-year agreement, Local 100 Bus Operators, Van Operators and Mechanics will see their pay increase by 16.5%, and Bus Monitors will get a 15% rise. The contract runs from July 2018, through June 2023. Members ratified the contract in overwhelming fashion: 217 to 2 on Friday, March 8.

Other benefits from the agreement include:
- The length of time workers must have on the job to get the top pay rate will be slashed from four years to just one year. This will add another raise to the top rate for all employees who've been there between 1 and 4 years.
- The guaranteed work week for Bus Operators will rise over the length of the contract from 22.5 hours to 27.5 hours. Van Operators and Monitors’ hours will increase from 22.5 to 25 hours.
-  Up to five (5) earned sick days per year. For every 30 hours worked, an employee earns one hour of sick time.
- Workers can cash out unused sick time. The company will pay workers for 40% of their unused time. There also are safety and attendance bonuses. Workers with 15 or more years of service get an extra personal day.

This contract is believed to be the first to incorporate the provisions of the Earned Sick Leave Law that TWU Local 100 helped to enact with the support of Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Legislator Catherine Borgia last October. The law goes into effect April 19. Because of the success in getting the law passed, Local 100 negotiators were able to win paid sick time in these negotiations.

The contract was negotiated in Tarrytown, New York. In addition to President Utano, the Local 100 team included: School Bus Divison Chair Gus Moghrabi; Organizing Director Frank McCann and TWU Section Chair Luis Fernandez.

President Utano Speaks Up to Defend Conductor

Local 100 President Tony spoke out today against the assault on a Conductor at the 125th Street IRT station on the 4 line this morning. He talked to 1010 WINS about the right of our members to defend themselves against assault.


Utano Honored by MaBSTOA Emerald Society

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The MaBSTOA Emerald Society honored Local 100 President Tony Utano at its 57th Anniversary Dinner-Dance on Friday evening, March 1, 2019. Emerald Society President John Mullane presented Utano with the organization’s ‘Man of the Year’ award. Also honored was Quill Depot Chair Sukhy Singh for his steadfast support for the organization over the years. On the management side, Don Martin, Assistant General Manager of the Baisley Park Depot, was named ‘Irishman of the Year.” Utano told a packed house at the Villa Barone in the Bronx that MaBSTOA – which was established by the New York Legislature 57 years ago after a bruising 29-day strike against the Fifth Avenue Coach, Omnibus and Surface Transit Bus companies – has always served as a bulwark of support for a unified TWU. He said that a unified TWU would be needed once again as the union prepares for contract negotiations with the MTA. “I know I can count on you,” said Utano, “and I know that you in MaBSTOA will provide the backbone of support for this effort, as you always have in the past.”

photos: From left, President Utano, Emerald Society President John Mullane, Local 100 Organizing Director and previous honoree, Frank McCann. Group photo of some of the well-wishers at the MaBSTOA Emerald dinner. President Utano with attendees from the School Bus Division.  Quill Depot chair Sukhy Singh with President Utano and other depot officers.



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