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RTO Mourns the Loss of Conductor Donald Duvert, 39

The Union is mourning the untimely death of Conductor Donald Duvert, 39. On Saturday, October 24th, Conductor Duvert was working at Euclid Ave. on the “C” line when he fell ill and passed away. He was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His sister, Marcy, remembers him to us: Born in Brooklyn, Brother Duvert resided in Valley Stream, NY. He joined the Transit Authority as a Conductor in 2018, and was assigned to Subdivision “B”. He loved his dog “Chichi”, and enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved boxing, basketball, nice cars and most importantly his family. Brother Duvert is survived by four siblings Dabir, Marc, Marcy, Chrishell, four nieces - Eboni, Elicia, Kayla, Khloe, and his parents, Pierre Duvert and Emmanuella Antoine. He will be truly missed.

RTO Vice President Eric Loegel expressed his condolences: "This is another sad and tragic loss for the Department and the Union. We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brother Duvert, and wish them peace and comfort during this extremely difficult time."

President Tony Utano also expressed his condolences to the family of this young Union Brother.

Union Announces Political Endorsements for Nov. 3 General Election

OCTOBER 22 -- TWU Local 100 has released its candidate endorsements for the 2020 General Election to be held on Nov. 3, with early voting beginning in New York State on Saturday, October 24. The Union's Political Action Committee conducted interviews with candidates after requesting written responses to questionnaires reflecting the Union's concerns. The interview process was conducted by the Executive Committee, comprising the top 11 officers, with member input as well. Here is our list of endorsements. We ask every Union member to come out to vote for these candidates, who we are supporting because they are the best choices to insure a well-funded, safe transit system and other protections and benefits for working people. For the TWU's comparison of the Presidential Candidates, click here.

Daily News Covers MTA/NYU Variance over Infection Rate

FYI. More information on MTA and NYU data from the Daily News:

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-mta-covid-cases-nyu-study-202010...

It's Almost Time for Early Voting -- Find Out How

Early voting begins in New York City on October 24 and continues through Sunday, November 1. You can get complete information about early voting here.

If you don't live within the city limits, or if you live in another state, click here for information.

 

NYU Releases COVID-19 Survey; Union, Experts Urge the MTA to do More Testing and Screening of Members

OCTOBER 20 -- The New York University scientists asked by the union to research COVID-19’s impact on transit workers – and to make recommendations – have released the results of their initial survey.
 
Nearly 650 Local 100 members anonymously completed a survey questionnaire, and nearly 24% stated they tested positive for the virus. Many did not live in areas with high infection rates, suggesting they contracted the virus at work, according to the researchers. The survey also quantified a high percentage of workers fearful of becoming sick or assaulted.
 
“Through gaining a deeper understanding of how COVID-19 has impacted transit workers’ health and quality of life, we can determine how to best support them and protect them moving forward,” said Robyn Gershon, clinical professor of epidemiology at NYU School of Global Public Health, who leads the research project.
 
In the NYU press release, the researchers said they “recommend that the MTA not only continue offering testing—both virus and antibody—to workers, but expand it to better identify and isolate workers who may have the virus but do not show symptoms. This has also been recommended by TWU’s leaders.”
 
In addition to expanded testing and screening, the researchers recommend that the MTA continue making personal protective equipment readily available and “support the wellbeing” of transit workers with mental health services.
 
“We put the city on our shoulders when the pandemic hit, and we are still carrying it forward,” TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “It has been a heavy burden. There are now more protective measures against the virus in place than when the crisis erupted, but we can’t let up. We need stay vigilant, and push forward with new and better ways to defend our blue-collar heroes still moving millions of riders a day.” Utano also said transit workers should get priority when there is an approved vaccine.
 

 

Join Your Union in Supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

TWU Local 100 joins Executive Board member Lionel and Nyoka Harrison, as we Make (St) Rides Against Breast Cancer. The event is Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Jones Beach on Long Island at 10:00 am.  To donate please go to this link:
When you get to the landing page, put the name NYOKA HARRISON into the dialogue box, and then please make a donation to support the effort.
Members can feel free to drive through a will -- the event is an all-vehicle caravan.

Transit Workers to be Honored by Rider's Alliance -- You Are Invited

Stand up and be recognized!
 
Bus and subway workers will be honored by the Riders Alliance next month at the organization’s annual gala. The virtual event will also pay tribute to John Raskin. Raskin founded the grassroots movement, which advocates for public transit, and served as its first executive director.
 
The program will feature “a special salute to the extraordinary transit workers of TWU Local 100 and ATU Locals 726, 1056, 1179, and 1181 in recognition of their dedication, valor and sacrifice to keep New York City moving in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.”  This is a fundraising event, but transit workers do not have to pay to view when it is streamed live on-line on Monday, Nov. 16, from 7-8 p.m. Choose the “I am a transit worker and would like to attend for free as a gala honoree" option when registering here: ridersny.org/gala2020. It also will be recorded for later viewing.
 
“We put the city on our shoulders and have been carrying it since this pandemic hit,” Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “It’s great to see the members receive some much-deserved recognition from this important activist organization.”

 

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