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TWU International Announces Scholarship Winners

JULY 1 -- The TWU of America today announced scholarship winners from many of our local unions across the country. Many are the children of TWU Local 100 members. You can read the complete list here.

Awards come from five separate funds that endow scholarships for union members and their families and are picked through a lottery. They are the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Awards and four other award programs funded by Union Benefit Planners, M3 Technology, Pitta LLP, and Pitta Bishop & Del Giorno, LLC. Congratulations to all the winners!

Sec-Treas Earl Phillips examines new partition at Quill Depot in Manhattan
Sec-Treas Earl Phillips examines new partition at Quill Depot in Manhattan

Union Officials Review New Bus Barrier Concepts

JUNE 30 -- The MTA today showcased new barriers to separate Bus Operators from riders as it looks to resume fare collection some time in August. There could be additional modifications but under the current MTA plan there are different retrofits for different bus models.

The vast majority of buses – 4,200 locals – will get a retrofit with a sliding see-through polycarbonate panel extending towards the front windshield, MTA officials said. When manually extended, the sliding panel extends about 18-inches farther towards the windshield than existing partitions. Approximately 600 older buses (Orions), and all 1,000 express buses, initially would get retractable vinyl curtains. But the authority is developing prototypes for those buses similar to the more solid, sliding-panel design, transit management said. When fare collection resumes, riders will not be allowed to sit in the front row, the MTA said.

TWU Local 100 Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips, MaBSTOA Vice President Richard Davis and MTA Bus/Private Lines V.P. Pete Rosconi were among the Local 100 officers who inspected the barriers at the Quill Depot. MTA officials said the authority will retrofit as many buses as possible before resuming front-door boarding and fare collection, but said the entire fleet may not be done by then.

Local 100 President Tony Utano said any bus going into passenger service will have to have a barrier if passengers are to board through the front door. “We’re not going to allow our Bus Operators to pull out a bus without a barrier of protection while the pandemic is going on,” Utano said.

For a longer-term upgrade, Utano and Phillips have previously urged the MTA to pursue a completely new bus design where Bus Operators are enclosed in a cab that extends the entire width of the bus. The front door of such a bus is shifted behind the front right wheel. MTA bus officials on Tuesday said they are looking into that possibility. "These are steps in the right direction and we will continue to push the MTA, as we have for years, to improve safety for our Bus Operators," Phillips said.

Tragic Loss in the Union Family

One of our Conductors, who was approximately 6-months pregnant, suffered a terrible loss earlier today. She went into premature labor in the East New York yard where she was assigned moving switches. The baby did not survive.

“This is a terrible and tragic loss,” Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “Our hearts go out to our union sister and her family, and we will do whatever we can to assist them at this difficult time.” A union representative responded to the hospital. Union officers have been in contact with the Conductor's family.  At the union’s request, management is granting two weeks paid maternity leave.

The Conductor filed on Wednesday a G2 requesting special accommodation instead of working the road. She was off Thursday and Friday. Today, she was assigned to the yard. The Conductor had an appointment on Monday at the MAC for management to determine whether she could continue working in some capacity.

“The MTA’s treatment of pregnant workers has been horrible and indefensible,” Utano said. “It has repeatedly refused or failed to provide suitable job assignments, which is why the union filed several lawsuits against the authority last year. We are asking the courts to order the MTA to do the right thing once and for all.”

In addition to the court action, the contract Local 100 members ratified in January includes a commitment by management to seek possible solutions to this ongoing problem through a joint labor-management committee.

$125,000 in Union Scholarships to be Awarded on Wednesday and on Friday at 1pm -- Join Us!

TWU Local 100 will conduct scholarship lottery award drawings worth $125,000 in total both on July 8, for our TWU/M3 Technology scholarships, and on July 10, for our TWU/RGLZ scholarships. The July 8 scholarship drawing will take place at 1pm and you can watch it at this link:

TWU LOCAL 100 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: 11th Annual M3 Technology TWU Local 100 Scholarship Drawing

Time: Jul 8, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Union Mourns Tower Operator Milagros Perez, 50, Taken by COVID-19

Tower Operator Milagros Perez, 50, of the Bronx, passed away from the coronavirus on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. She had 11 years of service with MTA NYCT. She began her career with the City of New York working for the School Safety Division of the NYPD. But, due to her love of trains, she joined the MTA to become a Conductor on May 12, 2008. She subsequently became a Tower Operator.

Millie was an avid collector of train memorabilia. In this photo, provided by the family, she is shown in front of a mural depicting an NYCT yard. Her main priority was her family. She was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt who loved her family unconditionally. She was a very responsible employee who took pride in her job. She will be missed by her family, friends, colleagues, and extended family at City Hall Master Tower.

Tower Vice Chair Michelle Figueroa said, "Millie, as we called her, had a good heart and a kind soul. I will always remember her kindness. All of us who knew her are better for it. We will all definitely miss Milllie."


Congratulations, John! Mechanic Retires After 42 Years with Liberty Lines

JUNE 24 -- John Hanrahan (in yellow) retired yesterday from Liberty Lines with 42 years on the job. A luncheon was held in his honor on the property, and the company picked up the tab. Standing with Brother Hanrahan is John Cutter, Chair of Maintenance at Liberty (on John's right), Division Chair Carlos Bernabel, and, at right of the frame, longtime Division Vice Chair Tom Monaco. John -- all of your Brothers and Sisters in transit wish you a long and healthy retirement!


Tell the United States Senate to fund public transportation – and give America’s pandemic heroes hazard pay.

The House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions, or HEROES, Act in May. The proposal would provide billions of dollars in operating assistance for transit agencies like the Metropolitan Transportation and hazard pay for the front-line and essential workers who remained on the job through the ongoing pandemic.

The Republican-controlled Senate, however, has been reluctant to move forward with more federal funding for these issues.

Contact Republican senators and tell them funding the MTA is good for America. A report released Wednesday by the good-government group Reinvent Albany shows that the MTA generated $8 billion and 100,000 jobs in states outside of New York between 2011 and 2018, including Republican strongholds like Texas, where the agency buys Dell computers, and West Virginia, where many of New York’s railroad ties are manufactured.

Tell the G.O.P. senators to fund mass transit. It is critical that it be safe, affordable and frequent if the economy is to rebound. Tell them to fund hazard pay and honor the service of the essential workers, including transit workers, who have kept America moving. How to contact senators:


Make Juneteenth a Permanent State Holiday

Following is a statement by Local 100 President Tony Utano:

Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, marks the end of slavery in the United States, one of the most important days in the history of our country.

The events of the past month, sparked by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a criminal cop, are bringing new focus and meaning to this year’s recognition. The fight for racial justice is far from won in this country.

The police reform legislation enacted by New York, along with the executive order signed by Gov. Cuomo ordering local governments across the state to institute additional policing reforms or face loss of state funding, are important steps on the road to a more just society.

We also applaud the Governor for today issuing an executive order declaring June 19, 2020 as a holiday for State employees, which includes transit workers at the MTA.  We urge the Governor and Legislature to permanently elevate Juneteenth to a permanent official state holiday.

The nation celebrates July 4th as Independence Day from the yoke of the British Empire in 1776.  We now should celebrate Juneteenth as Independence Day for the millions of Americans whose ancestors were not free from slavery for nearly another 100 years, and who today  still must fight for full and equal treatment in American society.

TWU has a great history of fighting for equality in the workplace and in our communities, beginning with our first contract with the IRT in 1937 that brought financial dignity to black workers in the Porter title, the only job available to them at that time.  Over the next few years, the union continued to fight for, and win, equality for workers in hiring and promotional opportunities across the subways and buses. We have never stopped, and never will.

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