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Women's Committee Hosts Holiday Coat/Clothing/Toys Fundraiser - Here's How You Can Help!

TWU Local 100's Women's Committee, under the leadership of Chairwoman Liz Wilson, has organized a drive for "gently used" coats and clothing, as well as new toys (unwrapped) to be presented to the Odyssey House Mother and Child Program next month. The drive ends on Friday, December 12. Read the flyer here. Bring your good-condition coats, clothes, and unwrapped new toys to any MTA Bus Depot and they'll take them off your hands for the Drive. Let's make the holiday season special for deserving families in need.

Civil Service Test Prep for Electro-Mechanical Maintainer

If you have applied for the upcoming exam for Transit Electro-Mechanical Maintainer, the Training and Upgrade Fund is now scheduling exam test prep. Call TUF at 718-780-8700 for more information. Download the Flyer with more info here. Course Starts December 2. In addition, here is a list of NYCT Exams currently open for filing. (Click on "read more" to see them).

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"Transit Transit" Delves Into TWU's History in New Documentary

Transit Transit, the MTA's news magazine show, spent considerable time and resources on a positive and insightful documentary about the TWU's early years, featuring founder Mike Quill. TWU Local 100 cooperated with Transit Transit by giving them access to some never-before-seen photos and footage of the early years of the TWU. There is one inaccuracy in the video.  Toward the end of the show, producers mistakenly used an image from the New York Post about our recently negotiated contract to describe the end of the 2005 strike.  Other than that, it’s a great look back at our great union’s march through the decades. Enjoy it.

TWU Joins Queens Coalition to Re-Activate 3.5 Miles of Rail, Delivering Subway Service to 500,000

NOVEMBER 10 -- TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen spoke at a press conference organized by supporters of re-activating the Rockaway Beach Branch, a 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railroad track that "would connect South and Northern Queens in a way that is not currently possible," according to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). Goldfeder and officials from Queens College released a study that concluded reactivating the line would generate about 500,000 subway rides per day. TWU Local 100 is strongly in favor of the idea, and we favor the use of MTA capital funds to reactivate the line.

"We view this as a once in a lifetime opportunity," Samuelsen said. "We have existing transit access that has fallen into disuse. In this instance, we have an opportunity to expand the subways and deliver transit service to 500,000 riders a day that is desperately needed. Because it is an existing asset, we have the opportunity to do it at a fraction of the cost of new construction." He also spoke of the big economic boost the line would bring to Queens. "We have an existing transit asset," he reiterated. "Why let it slip out of our hands? Why not put it back into use for 500,000 transit riders?"

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