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Executive Board Elevates Costales to VP, Goodridge-Seymour to Ex. Bd.

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APRIL 19 – The TWU Local 100 Executive Board today voted overwhelmingly to elevate RTO Executive Board Member Joe Costales to Vice President of RTO.  The Board also voted to replace longtime MABSTOA Executive Board member Christopher Magwood, who is retiring, with Harriet Goodridge-Seymour, currently Vice Chair at Mother Clara Hale Depot.

Brother Costales has been with transit since 2000 and has been active in the union since 2005.  He has served on the Executive Board since 2015 and prior to that was Chair of the Conductor Tower Division of RTO. 

Sister Goodridge-Seymour has 23 years with transit, and has held positions on Local 100’s Womens’ Committee as well creating the MABSTOA handbook for new hires.

Goodridge-Seymour is the first woman to serve as an Executive Board Member from MABSTOA's Divison 1. The vote to confirm Ms. Goodridge-Seymour was unanimous.

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Cuomo Signs Bill Protecting Public Sector Labor

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On April 12, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation protecting public sector labor unions. He noted that "the legislation makes it clear that members who pay union dues will receive certain benefits and services, and unions - while they serve the interests of all workers in bargaining units they represent - cannot be forced to provide full benefits of membership to those who do not pay for them." The full text of the Governor's statement can be found here.

TWU Local 100 leadership took a photo with the Governor after the signing. You can read the actual amendments to the New York State Taylor Law here.

 

Conductor Kevin Bartsch, also an EMT, acted quickly to save a life on Good Friday.
Conductor Kevin Bartsch, also an EMT, acted quickly to save a life on Good Friday.

TWU Local 100’s Transit Heroes -- Doing Great Things Above and Below New York City

BY PETE DONOHUE

An F-train rider in Queens came back from the dead three days before Easter Sunday. The man was slumped in his seat without a pulse. But Conductor Kevin Bartsch revived him with CPR. “He jumped off the floor…,” Bartsch told Newsday and The New York Post. “I was telling him, ‘You just died. You need to relax and listen to what I’m telling you.’ “
Bartsch’s life-saving heroics make him a very strong contender for a new award: TWU Local 100’s Transit Heroes Award.

“Our members do great things above and below the streets of NYC all the time,” Local 100 President Tony Utano said “They deserve to be recognized and honored by their union, at their Union Hall.” The N.Y. Daily News has held an annual award contest in Manhattan since 2012. The News, however, informed the union earlier this year that it was discontinuing the program. Utano was already considering starting TWU’s “Transit Heroes” when the News pulled the plug.

Transit Heroes will honor transit workers who do exceptional deeds for their riders, co-workers or communities. The Communications Staff will collect nominations in the spring and summer. The elected officers on the Executive Committee will then vote on this year’s winners. An exact date for the event has not yet been selected.

In addition to being interviewed by Newsday and the New York Post, Bartsch appeared on several television stations. He explained that he knew how to handle the emergency situation because he has been a volunteer EMT in the city and Long Island. “When it all was going on, training mode took over,” he said. “I did what I had to do.”
One rider who was saw Bartsch in action was effusive in her praise. “He was amazing and was really heroic,” Amy Harris told The Post. “He saved that man’s life.”

To nominate a Transit Hero, email communications@twulocal100.org. Include the full name of the candidate and an explanation of why they deserve recognition. Include your contact information (cell phone and email) and the title, work location and contact information (if known) of the candidate. We anticipate five to 10 awards being issued at a special event in the fall.

Gov. Cuomo Tours 207th, Announces Full Funding of Subway Action Plan

Above: Gov.  Andrew Cuomo, touring the 207th Street Barn in Upper Manhattan, discusses the full funding of the Subway Action Plan, which will result in the hiring of hundreds of additional TWU Local 100 members. He praised the efforts of the transit workforce. Photos of the tour are below:

Gov Cuomo tours 207th

Here is the Governor's press release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today toured MTA New York City Transit's 207th Street Car Overhaul Shop with MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota and announced a series of accelerated car repairs associated with the full funding of the Subway Action Plan. The 207th Street Overhaul Shop along with the system's other overhaul shop in Coney Island will now fully rehabilitate more than 1,300 cars a year - nearly 40 percent more than previous years. The full funding secured in the FY 2019 state budget will allow New York City Transit to significantly enhance the number of workers hired as part of the Subway Action Plan and allow the MTA's car overhaul shops to be fully staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

 

"The subway system is the lifeblood of New York City, and the newly fully funded Subway Action Plan is essential to deliver a mass transit system of the caliber that New York's economy and people require and deserve," Governor Cuomo said. "Enhancing the reliability of subway cars leads to fewer delays and better performance for riders, and we are determined to further modernize the system quicker than had ever previously been thought possible."


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