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New Radio Spot Features Conductor Sujatha Gidla

1010 WINS is now airing the second in a series of TWU Local 100 produced radio spots highlighting how transit workers are moving New York. Last month, President Tony Utano introduced the series by talking about the hazards faced by transit workers every day. This month, Conductor Sujatha Gidla, who has achieved acclaim as a writer. speaks about her immigrant roots and the power and camaraderie she feels as a transit worker. You can hear the spots on 1010 WINS throughout the day and also right here.

Tony Utano in Today's Daily News: Citi Bike, Not Dockless Chaos

JULY 13 -- In an Opinion piece in the New York Daily News, TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano argues the case for why Citi Bike must be the bikeshare system of choice in New York City -- one system, that prevents chaos among competing interests:

"Citi Bike is a huge success — but Mayor de Blasio could be throwing a monkey wrench into the works.

Users of the citywide bike-sharing network, which debuted in 2013, now take more than 70,000 rides a day, pedaling to work, parks, stores and many other destinations. It’s an established part of our larger transit system, filling gaps and making it easier for New Yorkers to get around. It’s contributing to a healthier and less-polluting city.

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Citi Bike, not dockless chaos: The city is expanding bike-share the wrong way - NY Daily News

Citi Bike is a huge success - but Mayor de Blasio could be throwing a monkey wrench into the works. Users of the citywide bike-sharing network, which debuted in 2013, now take more than 70,000 rides a day, pedaling to work, parks, stores and many other destinations.

New Member: Big Bus Las Vegas Tour Guide Tricia Payne
New Member: Big Bus Las Vegas Tour Guide Tricia Payne

TWU Local 100 Organizes Tour Bus Workers in Three More Cities

JUNE 29, NEW YORK CITY -- Hundreds of new union members – from Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Francisco – have joined Transport Workers Union Local 100. These newly organized Bus Drivers and Tour Guides, all working for Big Bus Tours, expand TWU’s presence in the tour bus industry to six cities, as the new members join Drivers and Tour Guides already represented by the union in New York, Washington, DC, and Miami. With the new members, TWU now represents 500 Big Bus Tours employees. The company is the largest operator of open top sightseeing tours in the world.

An overwhelming majority of the Drivers and Tour Guides signed cards to indicate their desire for a union, said TWU Local 100 Director of Organizing Frank McCann. The American Arbitration Association certified the cards as constituting majorities of each group of employees on June 25th. The TWU has an agreement with Big Bus Tours that the company will not contest organizing efforts at their properties.

Big Bus employees saw Local 100’s gains for workers in New York as big incentives to go union. These gains included better pay for work on holidays, across the board wage increases, better medical coverage, and improved 401 (k) employer contributions.

Just last month, Local 100 organized 500 more MTA employees, predominantly in Staff Analyst titles.

“TWU Local 100’s message to transit workers in every branch of the industry is the same,” said Local 100 President Tony Utano. “We will aggressively fight to increase your wages and benefits and protect your job as you do the important work of serving the public.”

Union Victory on Sleep Apnea Rules

Many Members will no longer be forced into unnecessarily aggressive treatment for sleep apnea. TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano has negotiated a settlement to an "et al" grievance the Union filed on behalf of hundreds of members forced into an unnecessarily aggressive treatment protocol designed for those with "moderate" or "severe" sleep apnea, even though they had only been diagnosed with a "mild" AHI reading.

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