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Slideshow: TWU at the African American Day Parade 2016

TWU at African American Day Parade 2016

Union Pride on Display at Labor Day Parade

New York has the highest density of union membership in the country.  That, and a high degree of union pride, were both on display at the New York City Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day Parade on Sept. 10, 2016. TWU’s top officers, including President John Samuelsen, Secretary Treasurer Earl Phillips, Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray and Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux, led the union’s contingent in the march up Fifth Avenue.

TWU was the first in the line of march behind the NYCLC Executive Board and special guests, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Gov. Cuomo made a special effort to greet TWU marchers and thank them for keeping New York City moving 24-7.  The Governor also made sure that TWU members had the opportunity to grab a photo with him. Prior to the parade, the Governor held a press conference on 45th and Fifth where he delivered a stirring message of support for New York’s unionized work force. You can see his speech at this link:

A Powerful March at the African-American Day Parade

The huge African-American Day Parade in Harlem on September 18th was highlighted by TWU Local 100's float, parade of bikes from the Buffalo Soldiers MC, and our MTA NYCT Honor Guard, bringing professionalism and polish to the proceedings. TWU Local 100 Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips and Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray, along with VP's from Stations, RTO, and OA, led the rank and file in the joyous event. We were also graced by the presence of Democratic Primary Winner Marisol Alcantara, who came out to march with the TWU fresh off her victory in the 31st State Senate District We served soul food to all members as well as treating union brother and sisters from Fire, PD, EMS, and Sanitation to some great eats. Enjoy the video -- photos will be up tomorrow -- and watch for the special shout-out from Dr. Bob Lee of WBLS!

President Samuelsen's Statement on the Victory of Marisol Alcantara in the 31st Senate District

TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen issued the following statement about Marisol Alcantara’s victory in the Democratic primary in the 31st Senate District. The 42,000-strong union, representing bus and subway workers, endorsed Alcantara and dispatched volunteers to the streets to campaign for her.  Alcantara is the daughter of a transit worker and an organizer with the New York State Nurses Association:

“We’re proud to have played a part in Marisol’s impressive victory. Marisol is an ardent trade unionist. She understands the importance of providing good pensions, affordable healthcare and fair wages to the men and women who roll up their sleeves and get dirty everyday earning a living to support their families. She knows and appreciates that transit workers provide a vital service under difficult and dangerous circumstances. We look forward to having another ally in the State Senate.”

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