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As Fumes Foul Subway System, TWU Local 100 Stations Officers Take Action

Local 100 Stations Vice President Lynwood Whichard and Division Chair Robert Kelley took aggressive action to insure membership safety when foul-smelling fumes filled several L train stations on Tuesday Feb. 5th. The two officers, after consulting with President Tony Utano, advised members working at the Grand St., Graham Ave. and Lorimer St. stations, at approximately noon, to go above ground in order to avoid prolonged exposure to the fumes, as The New York Daily News, NBC Channel 4 and other media outlets reported.

The MTA then suspended service for a few hours and called in the shuttle buses. Service resumed later after the NYC Fire Department declared it safe for riders passing through the area. But Local 100 members didn’t return until the smell significantly dissipated hours later Tuesday night.

Authorities determined the odor was caused by non-flammable fuel oil that leaked into the system.

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Photo: On Tuesday, Local 100 Stations VP Lynwood Whichard talks to Station Agent about the fumes situation on the L Line.

Plaque is Unveiled for Whitfield Gibson, former Chair of Jackie Gleason Depot

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 -- Bus Operators and Maintainers crowded into the swing room at Jackie Gleason Depot in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to pay tribute to Whitfield Gibson, the Chair of the Depot, who passed away in 2018 from cancer at the age of 50. Giving tribute was TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano. At the conclusion of his speech, a plaque honoring Brother Gibson was unveiled, which will be mounted on the wall of the swing room. A similar plaque will grace the outside of the Depot itself.

TWU Local 100 Members Honored by MTA Medals of Excellence

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 -- 40 transit workers, most members of TWU Local 100, were honored by TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano, NYCT President Andy Byford, and others at the Authority's annual Medals of Excellence ceremony held at 2 Broadway. Among those honored were Local 100 members who saved the lives of colleagues, who evacuated passengers from subway trains, and who confronted criminals on buses to protect riders. In this video, President Utano gives his remarks, and we hear the dramatic story of how a Plant and Equipment Maintainer saved the life of a co-worker.

OA Maintenance is Sworn in by President Tony Utano

FEBRUARY 1, 2019 -- TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano swears in the newly elected Union officers from the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, Maintenance Division, at the Union Hall.

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