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TWU Mourns Laura Adams

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Laura Adams, grandmother of Derick Echevarria, Vice President of Stations Department. Here are the arrangement for those wishing to pay their respects: There will be a viewing at Benta's Funeral Home, at 630 St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan, from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, September 20. A Funeral Service will take place on Friday, September 21, at 10 am at the same location.

Union Honors Transit 9/11 Responders

IB ImageTWU Local 100 President Tony Utano marked the 17th anniversary of the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero by honoring five transit workers, who have verified illnesses caused by their service at Ground Zero. Honored with the union's 9/11 service medal were CTA Gwendolyn Broughton, Structure Maintainer Dennis Buccello, Trackworker Dan Demody, Structure Maintainer Bobby Nash, and Track Specialist Johnny Sparks. Each of them has had a claim for victim's compensation because of 9/11 illness accepted by the federal government. In addition, more than a dozen other workers received 9/11 recognition pins from the union. Recognition pins are given to those transit workers who participated in the rescue and recovery effort. In all, about 3,000 TWU Local 100 members were either assigned to duty at Ground Zero or volunteered to help.

In his remarks, President Utano recounted the false promise by then EPA administrator Christine Todd Whitman, who assured responders that air at the WTC site was safe to breathe. He recounted the sacrifice of thousands of transit workers who risked their health in the response and pledged to continue to push for public recognition of the role of transit workers at Ground Zero. Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Chair of the Governmental Employees Committee, who sponsored New York State's bill to compensate 9/11 workers for health care expenses, also spoke. He told the audience of transit workers that there is still more work to do in assisting those who responded. He also said that he would work to have the 9/11 transit response recognized both in the state's museum in Albany and also in the 9/11 memorial museum in lower Manhattan.

Read the Daily News's coverage of 9/11 related transit worker deaths here.

New York State has extended the deadline to file for workers' compensation benefits until September 11, 2022. For more information, see a workers' comp attorney.

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Union Push Ends Aetna-Montefiore Standoff

A hard push by TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano has broken a contractual stalemate between insurance carrier, Aetna, and Montefiore Health System, an 11-hospital mega-health provider in the Bronx and the Hudson Valley.  The two parties signed the new contract on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018.
 
Montefiore had threatened to cease accepting Aetna unless the carrier agreed to a new schedule of payments.  The standoff could have impacted use of the hospital’s many facilities for nearly 7,000 Local 100 members.
 
In August, President Utano called a meeting with the MTA and Aetna officials at Union Headquarters to inform the carrier that the loss of Montefiore’s services was unacceptable to the union.
 
Utano said of the settlement: “I am happy that this dispute has been settled, and that Local 100 members will continue to have full use of Montefiore’s services without interruption.  Access to professional and convenient health services is essential to our members and their families. 
This union would never have allowed our members to be shut out from services at such a major health care facility.”

West Indian Day Parade a Big Party for TWU

SEPTEMBER 3 -- Hundreds of transit workers and their families converged on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day to celebrate New York's biggest parade -- celebrating the Caribbean heritage of so many union members and New Yorkers. Local 100's contingent featured exuberant dancers, a large union float, the TWU Local 100 van showcasing our workers, and an antique City bus. We proudly marched with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Assemblywoman Rodnyese Bichotte, and other friends of Local 100. The joy was apparent throughout, as you will see in these photos!

 

West Indian Day 2018

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