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Union Mourns Shop Steward Michael Opperisano, 65

Electronic Equipment Maintainer Michael Opperisano, who was a dedicated Shop Steward at the East New York Electronics Shop, passed away of cardiac-related causes last week. He leaves two sons, Anthony and Joseph. He began his career at the Transit Authority in 2005. His son Joseph called his father “the hardest working man I’ve ever known,” and recalled that “he stood up for the guys at work. He wouldn’t let anything slide with management. He loved his job.”

Executive Board Member Mario Galvet, who worked at the same shop and who left Opperisano in charge when he assumed his duties on the union’s Executive Board, said the EEM “took his job very seriously. He’s someone who safeguarded the contractual rights of the members at his work location.”

There will be a viewing for Brother Opperisano on Good Friday, April 19th, from 2 to 9 PM at the Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home at 4123 Fourth avenue, Brooklyn NY 11232.

TWU's Lobby Day Brings Out Political Support

Legislative leaders including Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli came out with direct support for the Union's agenda on April 9th. Watch the video for President Utano's remarks to legislators and for their statements to the membership.

Union Urges Members, Public, to be on the Lookout for Man Wanted in Assaults on Female Transit Workers

The Transport Workers Union is urging its more than 40,000 members – and the millions of daily bus and subway riders - to help identify a man wanted for assaulting two female transit workers on Friday by throwing urine at them.
 
The NYPD has obtained a surveillance photo of the man who splashed urine on a No. 6 train Conductor at the Brook Ave. station at E. 138thSt., and also doused a Bus Operator with urine in front of 250 Grand Concourse at E. 138thSt. “Take a close look at this photograph and call the police immediately if you know him,” TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “He is a dangerous menace and needs to be arrested right away. These were disgusting, horrific attacks that can not go unpunished.”
 
To transit workers, Utano said: “As you drive bus and train routes, keep your eyes out for this suspect and alert the authorities if you spot him. But also be careful. Bus Operators should keep their windows closed.  Train Conductors should make sure they are wearing their goggles - and close their windows if someone approaches on a platform.”
 
TWU Local 100 will have officers distributing a Wanted Poster in the area where these attacks took place. “We will flood the area with Wanted Posters with the photograph of this criminal, and we look forward to seeing him in handcuffs.”

Union Warns of Possible Serial Attacker Targeting Transit Women

Passenger Throws Cup Of Urine In MTA Bus Driver's Face, Police Say

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - An MTA bus driver is speaking out after being assaulted while on the job. She says she was on her usual route in the Bronx Friday morning when a stranger suddenly threw urine on her. "It literally went inside the collar... whole left shoulder soaked," Trellis Robinson said.

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano is warning transit workers of a possible serial attacker targeting women on the job.

“Bus Operators should keep their windows closed and Train Conductors should make sure they are wearing their goggles and immediately shut their windows if someone approaches on a platform,” Utano said. “We will do everything we can to help the police catch this disgusting individual and put him in handcuffs.”

A female No. 6 train conductor was punched in the face and splashed with a liquid believed to be urine at the Brook Ave. station Friday morning at about 10:40 a.m. A female Bx1 Bus operator was splashed in the face with urine at East 138th Street and Grand Concourse, which is about 15 blocks away. You can see the news report on that incident above.

Utano is asking the NYPD to increase their presence along the No. 6 line and bus routes in the area. If the attacker’s image was captured on video, Utano said TWU Local 100 will flood the area with the image along with an appeal to members of the public to call the police if they recognize the individual. “This abuse of transit workers is outrageous,” Utano said. “No other group of workers gets treated like this.” The assailant was described as a black male, about 5-feet-7 inches tall, 160 to 180 pounds, wearing a Navy sweatshirt with a hood, khaki pants and red sneakers.

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