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Registration Now Open for Summer Camp TWU!

The TWU Local 100/MTA NYCT Childcare Fund is now taking applications for summer camp for the children of TWU members! The camp runs from July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016. A great way to entertain the kids during the summer, with free shuttle, t-shirts, bookbags, and lots of great activities! Contact the Childcare Fund at 718-780--8700 for more information, and download our flyer here!

New Exec Board Members Sworn in by International President

TWU International President Harry Lombardo swore in the newly elected members of Local 100’s Executive Board Thursday morning – and called for-post election unity. Local 100 President John Samuelsen echoed those sentiments, and said that he would do everything within his power to make Local 100 a more united union. “We had a hard-fought election, no doubt about it,” Samuelsen said. “That’s to be expected. This is Local 100. It’s not kindergarten. It’s not a tea party. Everyone here in this room has earned the respect of the members and it’s my intention to honor that respect. I’m looking for a fresh start and I hope everyone in this room is looking for a fresh start.”

Local 100 is arranging for “nuts and bolts” training for newly elected officers to better prepare them to handle contract-enforcement issues, workers compensation cases and other responsibilities, Samuelsen said.

The challenges facing Local 100 include negotiating a new contract for MTA bus and subway workers. The current contract expires in January 2017.

Local 100 will launch a fight for the state Legislature to enact pension reform and rollback the higher contributions imposed on Tier Six workers.

All public-sector unions, meanwhile, face the very real possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court this year will hand down a decision making it more difficult for unions to collect dues or agency fees. The Executive Committee held a strategy meeting Wednesday, and a sweeping plan of action focusing on internal organizing and officer training is being developed, Samuelsen said.

On other fronts, contract negotiations have begun in Westchester with the county and Liberty Lines. The last contract was reached only after very contentious negotiations and the threat of a strike. Local 100 will be ready to take such militant action if necessary, he said.

“If you fight back, you may not win every time,” Samuelsen said. “But if you don’t fight back, you will lose every time.”

Citibike bikes on display
Citibike bikes on display

TWU LOCAL 100's Bike Share Expansion In The News

In the web magazine "Next City," reporter Josh Cohen profiles TWU Local 100s growing representation of bike share workers with the newest unit formed in Jersey City, N.J.

Here's the article: 

Around the same time last week that Portland was grabbing bike-share headlines with an announcement that the city had partnered with Nike to launch a system this summer, Jersey City bike-share workers were quietly taking newsworthy action of their own: On Jan. 8, they voted 8-3 to join the Transport Workers Union Local 100. The vote makes them the fifth bike-share program in the U.S. to unionize.

Citi Bike Jersey City launched last September with 350 bikes at 35 stations. Though its management, staff and finances are independent of New York City’s Citi Bike program, memberships are reciprocal, meaning a Jersey City member’s key fob works in NYC and vice versa. Jersey City contracted with Motivate (formerly Alta Bike Share), which provides the bikes, docking stations, mechanics, station re-balancers and other operations staff. The largest bike-share company in the U.S., Motivate also operates systems in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Seattle and elsewhere.

“The same company is running it. The equipment is the same. All of those things are integrated. The Jersey City workers are being trained by New York workers. From our perspective it is almost the same set up … so we started organizing right away,” says Nicholas Bedell, TWU Local 100’s director of education.

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