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Here's NYPD Transit Information to Help us Reduce Crime, Assaults

Your TWU Local 100 leadership is engaged in a dialogue with NYPD brass about policing in the subway and bus system. We want the police brass, and the officers on the beat, to fully understand our problems and concerns, and take effective action.

Towards that end, Transport Workers Union Local 100 is distributing a package of information in an effort to increase communication between the rank-and-file membership and police in the subway. The information was provided by Transit Bureau Police Chief Kathleen O’Reilly. It includes the email addresses for each NYPD Transit District, and the names of the Neighborhood Coordinating Officers. The Neighborhood Coordinating Officers, according to the police, are supposed to be “local problem-solvers. Their job is to resolve ongoing crime and quality-of-life issues, and to build relationships with commuters and MTA employees.” They are not the only officers assigned to the subway system but part of a larger force that includes uniformed and undercover officers. We encourage Local 100 members in the subway to get to know the NCOs in your areas. Provide them with information and feedback.

As these maps show, the subway system is divided into 12 districts, which are like underground precincts, each encompassing a region. Each district is made up of three Sectors: Sector A, Sector B and Sector C. Each district has two Neighborhood Coordinating Officers.

President Utano met with NYPD brass last week regarding assaults and harassments against Local 100 members. In the coming weeks, Utano and the Vice Presidents will continue that discussion with Transit Bureau Chief O’Reilly and Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes. Holmes is in charge of patrol officers working out of above-ground precincts through which the MTA bus routes run. We will keep you posted of any developments and provide information regarding policing and bus routes in the near future.

New COVID-19 Testing Schedule -- Get Tested Frequently; Keep Yourself & Riders Safe

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 -- The MTA's latest schedule for COVID-19 testing is here. It's fast and free. Make sure you get tested regularly.

 

 

Local 100 Honors the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

JANUARY 18, 2021 – Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. He became the most celebrated civil rights leader of the 20th Century. Today, on the national holiday established to commemorate his life and work, we remember Dr. King with these quotes:

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"The time is always right to do what is right."
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

We are proud of the TWU's history of financial and organizational support for Dr. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He was warmly welcomed to our International Convention in 1961 by our Founder, Mike Quill.

You can read Dr. King's address to the TWU here.

Fraternally,
Tony Utano, President
TWU Local 100

Union VP Richard Davis speaks in defense of Bus Operator Everton Beccan. Also speaking were Beccan's daughter, Winter, and Safety Rep Joe DiPaola
Union VP Richard Davis speaks in defense of Bus Operator Everton Beccan. Also speaking were Beccan's daughter, Winter, and Safety Rep Joe DiPaola

Union Defends Bus Operator Accused of Refusing Drug Test after Cross Bronx Expy Crash

SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, MT VERNON -- At a press conference called by the Union, TWU Local 100 Vice President for MABSTOA Richard Davis defended the actions of Bus Operator Everton Beccan, 55, whose articulated city bus went through a guardrail on an overpass and came to rest dangling over the Cross Bronx Expressway at 11PM last Thursday night. Brother Beccan, suffering a broken jaw as well as facial lacerations and neck and back injuries, evacuated his passengers and called 911 for help.

Transported to the hospital by EMS, Brother Beccan was administered a breathalyzer test that revealed zero alcohol in his system. The MTA subsequently stated that he refused a urine test. The union called the press conference to show that in fact, a urine test was administered to Brother Beccan, the results of which are pending. Speaking to the press, Brother Beccan said that because of the COVID-19 restrictions at the hospital, the general confusion, and his serious injuries, the drug screen was not administered right away.  Also discussing the safety issues at the accident scene was TWU Safety Rep Joseph DiPaola.

WPIX-TV livestreamed the entire press conference on Facebook and you can see that here. Scroll down to see the FB live broadcast of the press event.

 

Utano Urges Greater Police Presence on Buses, Subways: NYPD Says More Transit Cops Are on the Way

JANUARY 14 -- TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano met Thursday afternoon with high-ranking Police Department chiefs to discuss the plague of assaults impacting Local 100 members in the subway and bus systems. Utano stressed the importance of an increased, more visible police presence to both deter crime and provide quicker responses in emergencies.

“My members come to work to do a job, and they are going home with blood on their shirts,” Utano said. “These attacks are happening more and more, and they are getting worse.” The meeting included Chief of Department Terence Monahan, the second highest-ranking officer under NYPD Commissioner Dermot O’Shea; Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes; and Transit Bureau Chief Kathleen O’Reilly, who is in charge of subway policing.

In a bit of good news, Transit Bureau Chief O’Reilly said she expects the size of her division to grow in the near future. There are two classes of recruits in the NYPD Academy, and O’Reilly has been assured a “significant number” will be assigned to the Transit Bureau, she said. Chief of Patrol Juanita Holmes said precinct officers conducted 30,000 bus inspections last year. She said she would welcome union input on which routes and locations are the most problematic. Also attending the meeting were Assistant Transit Bureau Chief Vincent Coogan and Inspector Steven D’Ulisse, commanding officer of the police Public Information office. Police brass agreed to additional meetings with union leadership to exchange ideas and information regarding safety initiatives and operations.

 

Union Members, Including Track Equip Maintainer and Car Inspector Deployed to DC with National Guard

TWU Local 100 members are heroes moving heroes in NYC – and citizen soldiers on the front lines of Democracy in Washington, D.C. Transit workers like Track Equipment Maintainer Ricky Tyson Jr. and Car Inspector Fritzner Neptune also are in the National Guard and have been deployed the capital for the inauguration of President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

With last week’s storming of the Capitol Building, and the potential for more insurrectionist violence, it’s an inauguration week unlike any other in modern history. “This is very different,” Sgt. Tyson, who was deployed for President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, said. “Last time we were pretty much doing traffic duty. Now, everyone is armed up. Since the insurgency, it’s pretty crazy.”

Tyson, 44, and Neptune, 36 are both sergeants in the 107th Military Police Company out of Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. Tyson is transporting soldiers to and from their posts. Neptune is working a security detail.
“I’m doing my duty,” Tyson said. “Everyone I work with has an important role.” Tyson has an extensive military background. He served four years in the U.S. Army, two years in the Army Reserves and has been in the National Guard for approximately 13 years. He completed two tours in Iraq. Neptune, who emigrated from Haiti, has been in the National Guard for seven years.

This is his first deployment for a presidential inauguration but like Tyson he’s been deployed multiple times to emergencies, including the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in September 2017 and the subway pipe bombing in Manhattan in December of that year. “Wherever they need us, we are there,” Neptune said.

Union Case to Block Elimination of Lunch Reliefs Under Final Court Review

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2021 – TWU’s lawsuit to block the MTA’s planned elimination of 185 lunch relief jobs is now in the hands of NYS Supreme Court Judge Franc Perry. Judge Perry heard day-long testimony and cross examination from several witnesses for the union, including Vice President Robert Kelley, and one witness for the MTA, David Santoro, Chief Officer for Stations Environment and Operations at NYCT.

Union attorney Arthur Schwartz clearly established that the lunch relief function has been eliminated, and as a result, a total of 185 lunch relief jobs disappeared from the winter 2021 pick, which is set to go into effect on Jan. 31, 2021.  He also demonstrated through testimony by Vice President Kelley that closure of hundreds of station booths for 90 minutes every day is more than an “inconvenience” as intimated by the MTA, but a burden on the handicapped community and a potential life-threatening danger to riders in the event of an emergency requiring power to be shut off to the third rail, or the intervention of Police, Fire or EMS.

The Authority held to its position that the MTA was being forced to re-allocate its Stations manpower in the face of a Covid-induced hiring freeze, and that that allows them to get around the law. Schwartz, in his closing remarks, restated that the MTA’s unilateral action is a clear violation of the Public Authorities Law that requires a 45-day notice and public hearings before such a change is implemented.  The MTA countered that the law did not apply in this case because no one had actually lost their job.

Judge Perry adjourned the meeting at approximately 4:00pm and promised a judicious review of the case, and a prompt ruling. His ruling will occur before the January 31st start date of the new Stations pick.
We will keep you advised of any new information in this important case.

 

Time to Apply for the Michael J. Quill Scholarships

The union has been honoring our founder with these scholarships since 1969. Quill Scholarship awards have benefited hundreds of TWU families. Children of our members in transit, railroad and air transportation, utilities, public employment, space installations, and allied industries are among those who began their college educations with the help of the TWU’s signature scholarship.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer fifteen (15) college-bound dependents of TWU members a scholarship worth $4,800.00. This scholarship will be paid out, each year in the amount of $1,200.00 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four (4) year course. The deadline for applications is April 26, so apply soon.

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