News from TWU Local 100

MTA Members: Where to Get Your Free Vaccine Shot

COVID-19 Vaccines are given to MTA employees on Wednesdays and Thursdays (9am to 5pm) at 130 Livingston Street in downtown Brooklyn.  The site is located on the 1st floor in the training center. If you haven't been vaccinated, now's the time since the more contagious delta variant is creating an uptick in infections.

Attention Cleaners, Checkers, TPPA's -- Apprenticeships Taking Applications

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Our Upward Advancement Program in construction and the electrical trades is a career pathway. It provides a career track for men and women to complete a fully accredited trade school for five days a week for six months, at your full 40-hour pay rate. Only open to Traffic Checkers, Cleaners, and TPPA's. Click on the flyer above for more info. Upon successfully completing the six month program, you will enter a three-year apprenticeship program with Maintenance of Way. Interested? Visit our website at www.twulocal100tuf.org to apply.

TWU Local 100 Demands Hazard Pay at Hometown Heroes Parade

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JULY 8 -- Transit workers were cheered for their pandemic service by many thousands of New Yorkers that lined Broadway for the Hometown Heroes Ticker Tape Parade Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

More than 60 TWU Local 100 members marched or rode floats from Battery Park to City Hall.

“Thank you transit workers!” parade onlookers shouted as confetti swirled through the air.

 

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Welcome Back! Union Hosts Picnic for Quality Bus Members

Local 100 President Tony Utano, Secretary Treasurer Earl Phillips, Vice Presidents Pete Rosconi and John Chiarello, MTA Bus Division Chair Danny D'Amato and Vice Chair Mike Capocci, joined school bus members from Quality Transportation in Brooklyn for the annual end-of-the-school-year picnic on June 25, 2021. Last year's event had to be cancelled due to Covid. President Utano said that he was "thrilled to see everyone having a good time. It's been a long time since we have been able to relax and enjoy one another's company as brothers and sisters of our wonderful union."

$2,500 Scholarship Established in Memory of Garrett Goble

As part of this year's scholarship drawings, the union will be presenting the first  annual scholarship in memory of Train Operator Garrett Goble, who was murdered in an intentionally set fire on his train on March 27, 2020.

The initial scholarship is in the amount of $2,500.  

Local 100 President Tony Utano said the annual award will serve as a permanent reminder of the incredible dangers transit workers face each day on the job.

Opposition Growing to MTA Plan to End Cash Transactions at Booths

Opposition is growing to the MTA’s callous and insulting decision not to resume cash trash actions at subway booths.

Sen. Julia Salazar, Councilman Justin Brannan, the Riders Alliance, and others, have joined Transport Workers Union Local 100 in demanding NYC Transit President Sarah Feinstein reverse direction and enable riders to make cash transactions at the booths.

The MTA has resumed cash transactions for its suburban commuter train riders using the LIRR and Metro-North roads.

“Are they better than subway riders? Are they more deserving of this level of customer service? It’s an insulting outrage,” TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said.

TWU Stations Vice President Robert Kelley is bashing the MTA in TV and radio and print interviews.

President Utano Hails Adams Victory as First Choice Ballots are Counted

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JUNE 23 — TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano hailed the victory of Eric Adams as the first choice among New Yorkers to become the next Mayor as “a great day for transit workers and a first huge step to gaining a leader at City Hall who truly understands the needs and values of blue-collar workers in this City.”

Local 100 was instrumental in defining subway crime as a major issue in the Mayoral campaign. Transit workers supported Adams at rallies and press conferences as that issue surged in the opinion polls.

President Utano said: “We in TWU wholeheartedly supported Eric Adams because he was the only candidate who saw what we saw; that the growing problems of assaults against the transit workforce, and the tragic issues of homelessness and the mentally ill living in the subway system have to be addressed as a top priority of the next mayor if we expect New York to return to normalcy after this pandemic.”

“Eric Adams is the right man for our City at the right time. No one else even comes close. If he continues to maintain his lead, we know that he will bring New York back to greatness. We will continue to provide our support in every way possible as he moves forward to the November election.”

New Yorker Piece on Shop Steward Terence Layne Wins Top Honors

The New Yorker magazine won first place for profile writing for its piece on Local 100’s very own Terence Layne.

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced the award to The New Yorker and reporter Jennifer Gonnerman for “Survival Story,” which begins with a description of a video message Bus Operator Layne, Manhattanville's Chief Shop Steward, recorded to his union brothers in sisters in the early days of the pandemic. The message was an encouraging, inspiring, defiant and powerful.

“I want to thank you all for stepping up and coming to work today and showing what leadership looks like,” Layne said. “We are performing an essential and invaluable task.” He reminded his co-workers that they were not only delivering hospital personnel to their jobs. “What about the person that needs dialysis? What about the person who needs regular cancer treatments?” he said. “We are helping all of these people live and survive this global pandemic.”

MaBSTOA Vice President and Local 100 Chief of Staff Richie Davis called Layne “a great union activist and fighter.”

You can read the entire profile here.

Brother Jeffers, at left with his son and a grandchild.
Brother Jeffers, at left with his son and a grandchild.

Union Mourns T/O Jerome Jeffers, 53, Killed by Hit-And-Run Driver

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Train Operator Jerome Jeffers, 53, a seven year veteran of NYCT, was killed in a car accident on June 13th in Queens. Brother Jeffers resided in Hollis, NY at the time of his passing, and was a lifelong resident of Queens. He worked 'vacation relief' in the B Division.

Outside of work, he enjoyed martial arts, computers, and was a member of the Freemasons. RTO VP Eric Loegel said "Jerome was a great guy, well liked throughout RTO. His loss is shocking and tragic. We're all saddened in RTO, and as his work family, we mourn alongside his relatives". 

He is survived by his son, two grandchildren, and a brother.

There will be a Viewing for Brother Jeffers on June 25 from 4 to 7 PM at Crowe's Funeral Home, 107-44 Sutphin Blvd. in Jamaica, NY and a Funeral Service at 12 Noon on June 26th at the same location. All members are encouraged to attend.

Here's the NYPost article: https://nypost.com/2021/06/13/two-dead-in-pair-of-car-crashes-in-queens/

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