News from TWU Local 100

Family Announces Arrangements for Leon George

The family of Brother Leon George, the beloved elder statesman of the Train Operator’s Division, has announced arrangements for the wake and funeral.  Brother George, 77, was the longest serving Train Operator in the system and carried the distinction of being #1 on the union seniority roster. He suffered a stroke on the way to work on Monday, September 10th.

Viewing
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
4:00pm-9:00pm
Guarino Funeral Home
9222 Flatlands Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11236

Services at the Funeral Home
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018
10:00am

Chief Edward Delatorre stands with TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano and Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips
Chief Edward Delatorre stands with TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano and Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips

NYPD Transit Bureau Heeds Utano’s Call for Increased Protection for Workers

Local 100 President Tony Utano’s aggressive push-back against assaults has scored a major win for safety on the job.

Chief Edward Delatorre, head of the NYPD’s Transit Bureau, outlined a new policing strategy at a meeting on Sept. 18, 2018 with Utano, Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips, and other union leaders that he pledged would provide increased protection for Train Crews and other transit workers in the subway system. Delatorre said that the new approach will include tighter coordination of police resources and greater interaction between Police Officers and Train Crews.

Delatorre told Utano that he wants his Officers to get to know the Train Crews through interaction with them at crew quarters and terminals. He also said that the Bureau intends to facilitate better communication between train crews and Police to help prevent potential crimes or to respond more quickly to a crime in progress. He praised Local 100 for its new anti-assault tactic of posting “Most Wanted” fliers in the subways. He said the union’s posters serve as a deterrent to those who might think of taking out their frustrations on a transit worker.

In addition to the “Most Wanted” posters, Local 100 has partnered with NYCT in pressing the union’s case against assaults through the media. The NYPD’s Transit Bureaus comprise 12 transit districts, located within or adjacent to the subway system, and overseen by three borough commands: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Bronx/Queens. The Bureau, he explained, also has a number of specialized units including three borough Task Forces, an Anti-Terrorism Unit, Citywide Vandals Task Force, Canine Unit, Special Projects Unit, and MetroCard Fraud Task Force.

The Police Captains in charge of the 12 Transit Bureau Districts also attended the meeting, which was held at 130 Livingston St. in Brooklyn. The NYPD’s Transit Bureau only covers the subway system. Utano said he will be facilitating additional meetings between the union and borough commands to address safety in the bus system.

Local 100 Mourns Motee Lall

TWU Local 100 members and officers mourn the passing of Motee Lall, father of West Farms Depot Chair Lokenauth Lall.  Mr. Lall was 86.
Following are the arrangements:
Viewing
Friday, September 14, 2018
2:00 – 9:00 PM
Marine Park Funeral Home
3024 Quentin Road, Brooklyn. 
 
Cremation
9:00 AM sharp
St. Michael’s Cemetery
7202 Astoria Blvd.
East Elmhurst, New York 11370.

Train Operator Leon George’s Condition Remains Critical

Local 100 President Tony Utano, Vice President Joe Costales and Train Operator Dedra Brinson visited Brother Leon George at his hospital bed at Interfaith Hospital just hours after the beloved Train Operator suffered a devastating stroke.

They sadly report that Brother George’s condition is grave, with little hope of recovery.  Utano has assigned Train Operator Brinson to assist the family, including George’s brother, a retired Train Operator, in their hour of need.

Brother George, # 1 on the Train Operator’s Seniority roster, is respected and admired throughout the Division.  We offer our prayers for him and his family and friends during these most difficult hours.

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TWU Mourns Bus Operator Natasha Griffith, 46

TWU Local 100 is mourning the tragic death of Collge Point Bus Operator Natasha Griffith, who died early in the morning of Wednesday, September 5th. She died in the Parkchester section of the Bronx, a victim of domestic violence. She leaves two children. Private Lines Vice President Pete Rosconi said she will be dearly missed by her co-workers in MTA Bus. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Jeremiah Gaffney's Funeral Home, 92 Wahl Avenue, Inwood, NY 11096, from 6PM to 6:30, followed by a funeral service from 7 PM to 8 PM. All members are encouraged to attend to pay their respects.

Greetings on Rosh Hashanah

Brothers and Sisters,

Rosh Hashanah marks the first and second days of the Jewish new year. It begins Sunday night, September 9, at sundown. Greetings to all of our Union Sisters and Brothers of the Jewish faith. I wish you a good and sweet year. Shanah Tovah.

Fraternally,

Tony Utano, President

Labor Day Greetings

Brothers and Sisters,

I send greetings to all of our TWU Local 100 members on this holiday weekend. It is our collective labor that allows society to function -- that is nowhere more apparent that in our motto, "We Move New York." Labor Day is the only holiday where we remind ourselves that all professionals, all skills, all labor, are one. This is unity of purpose -- the key always to maintaining and growing our union power. Let us enjoy the fruits of our labor and resolve to keep fighting for a better future for ourselves and our families.

Fraternally,

Tony Utano, President

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Union Seeks Public’s Help in Unsolved Assault Cases

IB ImageWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 -- TWU Local 100 has created its own “Most Wanted” poster with photos of suspects wanted by the Police for attacking transit workers. Union staff and members began distributing the poster – with photographs of suspects – to riders and members today, Wednesday, Aug. 8. The poster features the phone number for the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline. Callers can remain anonymous.
 
“We want justice for our assaulted TWU Local 100 members,” President Tony Utano said. “The people responsible for these attacks need to be arrested and prosecuted.” Utano said he hopes that the Most Wanted poster not only leads to arrests but also deters others from attacking a transit worker in the future. “TWU Local 100 is fighting back,” Utano said. “If you attack one of us, we’re now going to come after you. We’re going to help the Police identify you and arrest you.”
 
IB ImageLocal 100 handed out approximately 1,000 copies of the Most Wanted poster at the Dyer Ave. subway station in the Bronx and nearby bus stops. A Liberty Lines Bus Operator was beaten on his bus near the station in August 2017. The culprit remains at large. Another 1,000 of the Most Wanted flyers were distributed at the Prospect Park subway station in Brooklyn where a Q-train Conductor was struck in the head with a fist or blunt object last month. Distribution of the poster will continue periodically, Utano said. 
 
“It’s a good idea,” Denver Thompson, the Liberty Lines Bus Operator attacked in August 2017, said. “Anything that sheds some light on what we face on the job is a good thing.” The cases described on the poster are the only ones with photographs of suspects that the NYPD has released.

Arrangements for Gleason Depot Chair Whitfield Gibson

Update: Arrangements for Brother Gibson are as follows:
Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Lawrence H. Woodward Funeral Home,
1 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
phone: (718) 493-8120
There will be a viewing from 2pm – 5pm with a service immediately following at 5pm.

TWU Local 100 officers and members, especially those from TA Surface and Maintenance in Brooklyn, are mourning the passing of Whitfield Gibson, Chair of the Jackie Gleason Depot since 2006. Brother Gibson died early Monday morning, July 23, 2018, after a difficult battle with cancer. He was only 50 years old.

Word of his passing spread quickly around the union, prompting a flurry of heartfelt comments from officers and members about his dedication to the union and to transit workers.

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said that Gibson’s passing “is a deep loss for our union. Whitfield Gibson was a dedicated officer and an inspirational leader for all of TWU.  His impact at Gleason Depot was profound, and we are all in his debt for the type of leadership he brought to TA Surface and all of Local 100.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family. He will be sorely missed.”

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