Working in the Heat

Working in hot environments is not safe. Your body builds up heat when you work and sweats to get rid of it. Too much heat can make you tired, hurt your job performance, and increase your chance of injury. When the temperature changes quickly, you need time for your body to get adjusted to the heat. Be extra careful early in the summer when hot spells begin.

You have a right to a safe & comfortable work environment:

Clean water provided through a fountain, cooler or bottled water at all locations
Cool Work areas and break rooms
Ventilation to bring in clean air and take out hot air
Make adequate water supplies part of your daily workplace inspection

Need relief? Follow up with supervision immediately:

Bus- Call console, request immediate medical assistance
RTO- command 212-712-4480
CED- call your Barn Chair or Local Union rep
MOW- control 212-712-4120

If needed, file a Safety Rule Dispute Resolution Form.

For Stations: To follow up with supervision, call your respective Field Office. If you are a CTA, you can also ask for a comfort by entering the booth to cool down. If you feel unwell, you must notify OSAC and inform them that you are going home. Doctor’s lines will be needed on your return. Field Office numbers are as follows: 125th Street: 212-712-3127 or 718-436-8421; 44th Street: 212-424-5407 or -5408; 7th Ave: 718-243-3903 or 243-3905; Parsons-Archer: 718-334-8106. OSAC is 347-694-6500. Sick Desk for CTA’s ext. 42.

Click here to download a printed version of this message. Print it out and post it in your workplace.

For Stations Department members, click here.

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.

In Their Own Words: TWU's Members at GCS Say Why We Fight

Dozens of call center workers at Global Contact Services -- the MTA's Access-A-Ride Call Center in Queens -- came to speak truth to power to the MTA Board of Directors at their September meeting in Manhattan. Speaking to a room of executives who make salaries in the high six figures, these TWU Local 100 workers, who make from $9 to $11 an hour, pleaded for a review of the MTA's contract with GCS. In his remarks, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen called the call center's Northern Boulevard operation a brutal place to work where employees are routinely denied basic rights. He called the workers poster children for why New York's mininum wage needs to be immediately raised to $15/hour. Here are the call center operators, expressing their concerns about the workplace -- their willingness to work hard and grow the company -- and their need for fair treatment.

Mid-Autumn Celebration A First for TWU Chinese American Workers

2015 TWU Local 100 Mid-Autumn Festival

SEPTEMBER 25 -- Five Hundred Chinese-American transit workers and their families gathered at the New Spring Garden Restaurant in Brooklyn to celebrate the traditional Autumn Moon Festival, highlighted by an exciting lion dance and a musical program. This was a first for TWU Local 100, recognizing our Chinese-American members in a festive event on the eve of the "super moon" and total lunar eclipse which was visible all over North America. TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen keynoted the event along with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and the first-ever elected Chinese-American Councilwoman, Margaret Chin, who also sang at the event. Enjoy the slideshow!

President John Samuelsen Demands $15/hour for Call Center Workers at Access-A-Ride

SEPTEMBER 25: TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen called on the MTA Board of Directors to audit the performance of Global Contact Services, the operator of the MTA’s Access-A-Ride call center. In a presentation to the Board, he detailed the harsh treatment suffered by call center workers represented by the Union, including arbitrary firings, low pay, and a ruthless approach to employee relations from a North Carolina based company that is running a southern-style plantation in Queens. After his presentation, MTA CEO Tom Prendergast said he would prioritize a review of the company’s performance and contract.

Daily News Slams Access-A-Ride's Harsh Treatment of Disabled Employees

In a copyrighted story, Daily News columnist and Democracy Now! host Juan Gonzalez slams Global Contact Services -- which runs the call center that dispatches Access-A-Ride -- as a vindictive and heartless employer that pays poverty wages even though their contract with the MTA is worth $152 million. Gonzalez reveals that GCS, which took over the MTA Access-A-Ride contract from First Transit three years ago, cut employee wages across the board. Now they are refusing to bargain in good faith with TWU Local 100 and raise wages in spite of the statewide push for $15 an hour. In the article, President Samuelsen spells out the consequences of continued intransigence on GCS's part - a strike. Read the complete article here.

City Squeezes Riders as Capital Plan Falls Short


Overcrowding in the subways continues to intensify. So much so that comparing riders to sardines packed in a tin a can seems insulting - - to the sardines.

The fish have more room.

It’s gotten so bad, and the outlook so bleak, that transit executives have discussed hashing out with the NYPD a formal arrangement with protocols for the deployment of police officers as subway gatekeepers on a routine basis, not just for special events like the Papal visit and/or emergencies. Cops would oversee the “metering” of riders to platforms. The goal would be to alleviate dangerous overcrowding where riders are squeezed toe-to-heel, filling every inch of concrete from one edge of a platform to the other. Welcome to Third World NYC. Uniformed police holding back commuters trying to get to work or home.

It would be a politically ugly image for the city to project. The problem is there really are no quick solutions. Signal upgrades and expansion projects like the Second Ave. subway take a lot of time and money. Even projects now planned could get shelved. Gov. Cuomo has pledged $8.3 billion to fund the already-behind schedule, and still unfunded, MTA capital plan. The MTA wants to city to provide $3.2 billion in subsidies, including $1.5 billion for the second phase of the Second Ave. subway. Mayor de Blasio, however, has said the funding shortfall is largely a state problem.

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TWU Local 100 Shines at Subway Series Opener


It was TWU Local 100 night at Citi Field for the opener of the Mets-Yankees subway series on Sept. 18, 2015. So who better to throw out the first pitch at this latest renewal of the crosstown rivalry than Local 100 President John Samuelsen. His pitch was a little high and wide, but compared to the famous (infamous) first pitch thrown by rapper 50 Cent, Samuelsen’s was a 100 mph fast ball right down Broadway. More than 500 members and families were at the stadium off the 7 line. They were all seated in one section thanks to the TWU Local 100 Rewards Program. Click above to watch the first pitch, and below for some photos from this night of fun at the home of the New York Mets.

TWU Local 100 Shines at Subway Series Opener

African American Day Thrills Crowds as TWU Marches

TWU at African American Day 2015

TWU Local 100 thrilled crowds down the length of Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. on Sunday's African-American Day Parade, with a Union float, City buses, and a huge cavalcade of motorcycles. Stepping proudly at the head of our contingent was the Transit Honor Guard. President Samuelsen, Sec-Treasurer Earl Phillips, Rec. Secretary LaTonya Crisp Sauray and other top leadership enjoyed the spirit of the day as members were treated to food and refreshments from 11 AM, before the march began at 2PM. Enjoy the photos!

Watch TWU's Pete Donohue on NY1's The Call

TWU Local 100's Pete Donohue has "The First Word" on NY1's The Call

Labor Day Parade Features the Hard-Driving TWU

TWU at the 2015 Labor Day Parade

Labor Day brought out the politicians and also the rank and file as a parade of municipal and private sector unions marched up 5th Avenue in a New York Tradition. A big group picture showed the TWU contingent, as Local 100 was joined by brothers and sisters from the airlines and Long Island Bus and representatives from the International Union. Marching with the Local at various times were City Councilmembers including Barry Grodenchik, whom we helped get the Democratic nomination in the last special election. Governor Cuomo greeted President Samuelsen warmly along with Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips and asked the Local 100 President to address the parade. Also enjoying the company of transit workers were Sen. Chuck Schumer, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, Councilmember Ben Kallos, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Msgr. Kevin Sullivan of Catholic Charities, who paused for photos as we marched past St. Pat's. The weather cooperated and a great day was had by all. Just scroll through the photos and enjoy the show!

Local 100 President Samuelsen Responds to G Train Derailment

At 10:30 pm on Sept. 10, 2015 a ‘G’ Train Operator approaching Hoyt-Schermerhorn placed his brakes into emergency after he saw the bench wall protruding onto the running rail.  It was too late.  The train hit the collapsed bench wall and derailed, taking huge chunks of bench wall with it for more than 300 feet.  The preliminary engineer’s report cited several causes including water seepage and the failure of a number of stabilizer brackets that had been installed to address earlier structural issues.

Local 100 President John Samuelsen immediately released a statement underscoring the importance of the MTA Capital Plan in addressing state-of-good-repair issues, including structural deficiencies throughout the system. He affirmed that the derailment is a “grim warning” that “the City and Mayor de Blasio must heed.”

“This derailment is a glimpse of what the future holds for NYC's Transit System unless the City steps up to foot their fair share of the bill for the MTA capital plan,” he stated.  “The system won’t fix itself and the for the sake of New York’s working families, the City must address this unfunded liability." 

The MTA’s five-year $30 billion capital plan is $11.5 billion short.  The State has promised to come up with an additional $8 plus billion.  The MTA is asking the City for $3.2 billion over the next five years to insure full funding.  The City has pledged only half that amount. The capital plan includes billions for state-of-good-repair which would address important infrastructure issues, as well as 1,438 new buses, 948 new subway cars, 84 miles of new track, 20 major station rehabs and numerous new big ticket projects like the 2nd Avenue subway.

Cecile "Ceci" Clue Passes; First Woman Chair of C/R Tower Division

TWU Local 100 officers and members are mourning the passing of Cecile “Ceci” Clue, the first elected woman Chair of the C/R Tower Division in the Local’s history.  She passed away on Sept. 7, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.  She was elected chair in 1994, serving one term.  She remained active in the union as a Shop Steward until her retirement several years ago.

T/O Division Chair Steve Downs, said of Cecile: “Anyone who knew Cecile “Ceci” Clue knows she was a fierce advocate for her brothers and sisters on the job.  She became involved in TWU 100 when she was still a rookie.  Her powerful advocacy led her to be the first woman elected to chair the Conductor/Tower Operators division.  When she was diagnosed with cancer, she responded with same fierceness that she displayed on behalf of her brothers and sisters in transit. It sustained her for several years.  We mourn the loss of this fierce sister.”

Following are the arrangements for Sister Clue: Viewing and funeral, Tuesday, Sept 15, 2015.  Viewing from 4:00pm to to 7:00pm.  Funeral service at 7:00pm. at St. Gabriel Episcopal Church, 331 Hawthorne St., Brooklyn, NY 11225, (718) 774-5248. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her memory to: Cancer Treatment Center, 1331 E. Wyoming Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19124

TWU Notches Two Special Election Wins

Politico reported early this morning that "former state assemblyman Barry Grodenchik clinched the Democratic nomination for an open City Council seat on Thursday, defeating a crowded field of candidates that included a former aide to Mayor Bill de Blasio and the president of the one of the largest co-op associations in Queens. Grodenchik, a lifelong resident of Queens who had the backing of the county’s Democratic Party, along with the United Federation of Teachers, the Uniformed Firefighters Association and the Transportation Workers Union, won with nearly 28 percent of the vote, according to the city’s Board of Elections." TWU Local 100's Political Action Department was on the ground for Grodenchik (above left), urging transit workers in his district to cast their votes for the candidate.

In Westchester, it was another TWU win as Yonkers Democrat Ken Jenkins "secured a commanding win over primary challenger Nicole Benjamin-Horsford in the District 16 (Yonkers) Democratic primary. He received 979 votes to her 631." With the winner last night were TWU Local 100 Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux (at right), and, at left of the candidate, Private Lines Bus Division Chair Bill Mooney. Congratulations!

John Samuelsen Honors Transit 9/11 Responders

In remarks to an overflow audience of men and women TWU Local 100 members who responded to Ground Zero, Local 100 President John Samuelsen spoke of that fateful day and the determination of transit workers to do all that they could in the rescue and recovery effort. He also spoke of the Union's continuing fight to gain more recognition for what transit workers did at the site.

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