One good flyer deserves another.
One good flyer deserves another.

London Calling! TWU Local 100 Glad to Help Out

London’s Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (the RMT) – our brothers in arms across the pond – found inspiration in our recent graphic campaign to slow trains and prevent subway fatalities. We sent them our graphics files and they went to work, repurposing our graphic image of a chalk outline on the roadbed and making it the centerpiece of their campaign to bring back laid off workers who ensure safety on the Bakerloo line. The line’s management cut staffing, forcing train operators to drive out of service trains into stations or “sidings” in yards without checking for passengers who didn’t get off in time. The RMT points to the case of a 12-year old boy who found himself alone in a yard walking the tracks. Now the public is getting the message that this unsafe practice should end and that they should let London Underground management know they need to bring back the laid-off staff. See the RMT’s flyer here.

Fhar Miess, who supervises the bike checking team at Capital Bikeshare, is helping workers to join a union. (Lydia DePillis/The Washington Post)
Fhar Miess, who supervises the bike checking team at Capital Bikeshare, is helping workers to join a union. (Lydia DePillis/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post: Workers, TWU build "a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse"

Bikeshare workers in NYC and Boston have received national coverage. Now the District of Columbia takes its turn, as the Washington Post's Lydia DePillis writes about the TWU drive at Capital Bikeshare.

President Samuelsen  told the Washington Post, "We’ve achieved the success that we have right now because we realized that the Bikeshare system in New York was a growing and vital part of the existing intermodal transit system. We intend to use our political muscle to advance the bikeshare industry"

Check out DePillis's article:

D.C. Bikeshare workers look to unionize - and build a nationwide Bikeshare powerhouse

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Congressman Charles Rangel Speaks at Political Breakfast Sponsored in Part by TWU Local 100

New York's senior Congressman, Charles Rangel, spoke at a political breakfast about unions, their role and influence, and the fact that our movement holds the only key to a future of greater equality for Americans. TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen gave opening remarks at the event, which also featured President of the New York State AFL-CIO Mario Cilento. Here is an excerpt from the Congressman's remarks.

William's brother Alex, center, stands with family including widow Nancy Rodriguez, far right.
William's brother Alex, center, stands with family including widow Nancy Rodriguez, far right.

Pena Case Delayed Again as Family Waits for Justice

At about 2:15 on Wednesday defendant Domonic Whilby was let by court officers into Part 32 of New York State Supreme Court at 100 Centre Street. No lawyer was there to argue his case. Justice Gregory Carro asked Whilby if he had counsel, and Whilby replied that he thought he did. Noting the lack of anyone stepping up to represent the accused killer of Bus Operator William Pena, Carro told Whilby to "make some phone calls," and be back in his court in one week, on October 29th to defend himself. This latest delay added to the frustration being felt by Pena's widow, Nancy Rodriguez, and her family, who were in court. TWU Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray attended court for the union, along with OA Division 1 Chair Richie Davis and Vice Chair Don Yates. Rank and file members also showed  up to support the family. We're doing it again next week.

Transit Hits Ridership Record

 

Take a bow, brothers and sisters. NYC Transit carried a record 149 million subway passengers in September. They couldn't do it without you.

See Pete Donohue's Daily News story here.

Train Operator Omar Velez is recognized by Chief of Subways Joe Leader and Local 100 RTO Chair Joe Costales
Train Operator Omar Velez is recognized by Chief of Subways Joe Leader and Local 100 RTO Chair Joe Costales

Train Operators Who Prevented Accidents Get Special Call to Rail HQ

OCTOBER 17 -- Five veteran TWU Local 100 Train Operators were summoned to NYCT's Rail Control Center this morning without explanation -- and were relieved to find themselves honored for preventing accidents in the subway system. Each of the five -- Omar Velez, Schneider Francois, Jason Vrahatis, Emeterio Rodriguez, and Vance Greaves -- got breakfast, a nice certificate presented by Chief of Subways Joe Leader, a pin, and a rare opportunity to spend an hour in a relaxed way talking with top MTA brass. TWU Local 100 RTO  Chair Joe Costales also recognized the men on behalf of the Union. Subways VP for Service Delivery John Gaul lauded the men for their "free exchange of information" about hazards they noticed. Said Vice President and Chief Officer of MOW Wynton Habersham: "You know your lines. You know what's right and what's not quite right. You know what doesn't feel right. You know what doesn't sound right." Typical of the stories was that of Train Operator Omar Velez, who heard a thump that didn't sound right, stopped his #7 train, and called the Rail Control Center. A crew went out on the tracks and found a defect on the rail that could have caused a serious accident.

Ebola Guidance

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), has released a three-page guidance document on Ebola Virus Disease and how workers can protect themselves. TWU Local 100 considers this reliable and effective information for our members. A NYCOSH staff member was present for the union at a recent briefing on Ebola with MTA management. Members are advised to download and review the information in this document and contact the TWU Health and Safety Department if you have additional questions. On Thursday, NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that there will be random drills in the subway system to anticipate response in the event of an infected person. Read more about that here. The Governor also praised transit workers for being ready to respond to the threat, saying "This is not in their job description. It's not what you sign up for when you're a transit worker."

TWU Represents at Breast Cancer Walk 2014

The TWU Local 100 Women's Committee and supporters met on October 19th at Flatbush Avenue and Empire Blvd to support this important cause. There's still time to contribute to the TWU Local 100 Team. Thank you.

Globe Article Supports Our BikeShare Efforts in Boston

A prominent article in the Boston Globe says the city's bikeshare program -- called Hubway -- is great for riders and the community -- but urges that management support a better deal for their own workers. The column by Derrick Z. Jackson touts Hubway's "good green jobs" but is a straightforward appeal to fix the one thing that's broken -- worker complaints about "unpredictable and disruptive last-minute scheduling, being told they’re not needed after being called in, too many repairs for too few mechanics, unsafe rental vans when the company vans are out of service, and $15 wages that often seem low given the precision, organization, and safety required in some of the company’s jobs." Funny, those are exactly the same complaints that New York City Bike Share workers, who just unionized with TWU Local 100, are making! We're looking forward to making the lives of Hubway workers better, and expanding into other bikeshares as well.

Local 100 Celebrates Its 2014 Russian American Heritage Day

TWU Local 100’s annual celebration of Russian heritage brought a capacity crowd on Saturday to Tatiana Restaurant in Brighton Beach. Over 700 union members enjoyed a festive evening with dancing, entertainment, and speeches from key political figures. TWU’s Russian Day is becoming a must-attend for much of the City’s political establishment, showing the power of the union. Enjoy these photos from the event.

Winners of the Raffle Drawings

  • First Prize, a tablet: Ticket #1005, held by Merkin
  • Second Prize, a spa day for 2 at Sandoony Bana: Ticket #427, held by Mark
  • Third Prize, dinner for 2 at Tatiana Restaurant: Ticket #623, held by E. Sokolovich

Bloomberg Labor Report Profiles TWU's National BikeShare Presence

In a copyrighted story by reporter Ben Penn, the influential Bloomberg BNA Labor Report profiled TWU Local 100's national agenda for organizing bike shares. We're reprinting the story below for our readership.

Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 197 DLR A-3 (Oct. 10, 2014). Copyright 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) <http://www.bna.com>

After Representation Win in New York,
TWU Targets National Bike Share Presence

By Ben Penn

Oct. 10 — Propelled by a September voluntary recognition agreement with Citi Bike to represent 249 employees in New York, the Transport Workers Union now seeks to give bicycle share workers across the nation a voice on the job, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen told Bloomberg BNA Oct. 10. TWU, which represents public and private transit workers including at New York City's subway and bus systems, views the rapidly expanding bike share industry as a “perfect fit” considering the union's primary mission

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Local 100 Celebrates Indian Day 2014

TWU Local 100 members and officers filled the Electrical Industry Center in Queens on Saturday to celebrate our Indian Day. The program featured music and dancing, and greetings from prominent politicians including Congresswoman Grace Meng and the Indian Consulate’s Head of Chancery, L. T. Ngaihte. Top Local 100 officials including TWU Local 100 Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips and Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray were also in attendance and enjoyed the delicious Indian food. After the singing of the Indian National Anthem and the Star Spangled Banner, a moment of silence for fallen transit workers was followed by the ceremonial lighting of the lamp to begin the festivities.

NYC Bike Share Workers Needed a Union -- Now They Have One!

Bike Share worker Edwin Aviles created this video to celebrate NYC Bike Share becoming a union operation! We had our first union meeting with our newest members on October 2nd. Now, it's time to dig in, understand what our members want, and negotiate a first-time contract. We move New York!

Annual Open Enrollment to Begin for Active Members

The annual Open Enrollment period for health benefits for active members at TA/OA/MTA Bus is upon us.

The MTA Business Service Center has mailed out Open Enrollment booklets and their teams, together with reps from Empire and UHC, will be visiting more than 40 locations throughout the system to answer questions from now through Nov 14, the day before Open Enrollment ends for active members.

The schedule of visits is here.

As well as visits to barns, yards, shops, depots and quarters, there will also be three system-wide events:
Tuesday, November 4 at the Union Hall, 10am-12 & 2-4pm
Friday, November 7 at 2 Broadway, 12-4pm
Friday, November 14 at 180 Livingston, 8:30am-5pm
If you have questions about your health coverage, this is your chance to get them answered.

Dental and vision benefits will not be covered in the BSC's Open Enrollment. These benefits are now administered by TWU Local 100. Active members who wish to change their dental coverage may do so through November 17. The forms for doing so are available here.

3,000 transit workers responded on 9/11
3,000 transit workers responded on 9/11

WTC Deadline Approaching for Linked Cancers

October 12, 2014 is the last day to register a claim for a WTC cancer which diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012, except for prostate cancer. You can find more information about the Zadroga 9/11 Victim Compensation Act here. This applies to everyone who lived and/or worked south of Canal Street from 9/11/01 through 5/30/02. The most common cancers linked by the National Institutes of Health and the WTCHP are cancers of the lungs, esophagus, kidneys, prostate, lymphoma, leukemia, and thyroid. Get checked out. You may be entitled to compensation for your illness and lost income.

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