SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 -- Early this morning, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen released a letter of congratulations to Union staff involved in the successful organizing drive to represent employees at Global Contact Services' Paratransit operation on Northern Boulevard in Queens. The facility employs 550 call takers and reservation agents who schedule paratransit services for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Here is President Samuelsen's letter:
It is with great satisfaction that I announce Local 100 has been victorious in our drive to represent 550 Paratransit dispatch workers at Global, on Northern Boulevard. The ballots were just tallied and we have prevailed! Global is anti union corporation from the south, and they ran an extremely vigorous anti union campaign . We fought back, organized the workers and defeated Global. We defeated two other unions which were on the ballot as well.
The final tally was : TWU Local 100 - 331, No Union - 91, Local 621 - 19, and Local 322 - 8. It is essentially a landslide victory for Local 100. Our first order of business will be forming a real, democratically selected internal leadership committee to work with union staffers to win our first contract.
I congratulate the workers at Global, and welcome them into the strongest Transportation Union in NY, and across the country.
I would like to especially thank Frank McCann, Aquilino Castro, Curtis Tate, Tony Aiken, Liz Wilson, Shannon Poland, Ken Page, Tareque Ahmed, Joe Ruggerio, Chris Garvey, Dexter Victory, Antonio Roldan, Nancy Martinez, Paul Flores, Derrick Echevarria, Vanessa Jones, Brander White, Joseph Hayden, Erica Guerrido, Bernadette Murray, Damien Treff, Maggie Munoz, Jesse Mendoza, Hector Cartagena, Norma Lopez, LaTonya Crisp-Sauray, as well as numerous other staffers who contributed to our victory. Additionally, we greatly appreciate the efforts of Israel Landau.
This is a huge win for TWU Local 100. Our Organizing Department has firmly established itself, and we look forward to the challenges coming our way. We will continue to grow TWU Local 100!
Thank you All! -- President John Samuelsen