News from TWU Local 100

Transit Workers in Safety Sensitive Jobs Still Can’t Use Marijuana, No Matter What New York State Does to Legalize It

New York State is in the process of legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.  Please be advised that THIS LAW WILL NOT APPLY TO TRANSIT WORKERS AS IT RELATES TO YOUR JOBS.
 
Drug and alcohol testing for public transportation workers in safety sensitive positions IS MANDATED BY FEDERAL LAW, NOT STATE LAW.  Federal regulations in this regard trump state laws.
 
In other words, transit workers testing positive for marijuana will still risk their jobs. Current federal law and the tests do not distinguish between being under the influence today and having taken a puff when you were on vacation last month.
 
In other words, don’t smoke it or ingest it no matter what the State of New York does regarding marijuana.

Congrats to Fiona Robe, a True Renaissance Woman

Local 100's Fiona Robe, a Computer Specialist with the MTA Career and Salary group, and a 23-year employee, was presented the "Member of the Year" award by the Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS) earlier this month for her years of mentoring women and girls in the Transportation YOU program at WTS and at Transit Tech H.S.

She assists with the Mask Now program, the Transit Vaccination program, and proctoring for the Transit Civil Service Exams.  In her "spare" time, she is a teaching Professor at Medgar Evers College. 

Congratulations, Fiona!

Union, Management Agree on Vacation Carryover, Cash Out

TWU Local 100 and the MTA/NYCT have agreed on the same vacation cash out carryover procedures as last year, made necessary by the unprecedented staffing challenges created by the pandemic.

Here is management's official Bulletin on the issue.  The section that pertains to Local 100 members, and other unionized workers at NYCT, is in red type.

Local 100 President Tony Utano said that the procedures insure that members have expanded choices on what to do with unused vacation time.

 

 

 

TWU Local 100 Thanks Sen. Schumer for Being a Transit Champion

FRIDAY, MARCH 26 -- TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano sent a note yesterday to Sen. Chuck Schumer thanking him for being a champion for Local 100 members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Asian-American Bus Operator Intervenes to Stop Hate Crime; is Himself Assaulted

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MARCH 26 -- News outlets yesterday reported on the story of TA Surface Bus Operator Tommy Lau, who saw a hate crime in progress against an elderly Asian couple and then was attacked himself. Brother Lau, who has 22 years of service with NYCT and was on a break, saw a man trying to grab groceries from the couple. He stopped the robbery but the assailant spat at him and punched him before running away. 

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LaGuardia Bus Operator Michael Chambers is Mourned

Local 100 members and officers at the LaGuardia Bus Depot in Queens are in mourning today over the passing of veteran Bus Operator Michael Chambers, who died on March 18, 2021 of the coronavirus. He was 61 and had been on the job since 2012.
 
 
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First RTO Sister to Take Advantage of New Light Duty Program for Pregnant Workers Gives Birth

It’s a girl!
 
The first TWU Local 100 member to benefit from a union-secured program that provides desk-duty jobs for pregnant women with medical restrictions has given birth to a beautiful baby girl.
 
Janelle Crawford, a two-year Conductor, took advantage last year of the groundbreaking initiative, which established light-duty assignments as “Dedicated Announcers” for pregnant women in RTO. Local 100 is pushing the MTA to create similar opportunities for women in other titles and departments. Crawford, a Queens resident, applied for the Dedicated Announcer position last November. She worked the assignment until early February. She gave birth to her bundle of joy on Feb. 6. Aleia Rivera entered the world at Jamaica Hospital in Queens at 7 pounds, 12 ounces.
 
 

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In 1941, Local 100 women march for pay equality
In 1941, Local 100 women march for pay equality

Local 100 Recognizes TWU's Transit Women in Radio Campaign for Women's History Month

Listen to TWU Local 100's tribute to Transit Women and all women workers in this 60-second radio spot, which will be running on 1010 WINS the entire month of March for a celebration of Women's History Month.

Get Vaccinated!

The latest info from the MTA on how to get the vaccine is here.

TWU Local 100 strongly recommends that every member take advantage of this opportunity to get the vaccine now. The vaccine has proven to be 95% effective, and adverse reactions are minimal. Thousands of transit workers have received it with no serious side effects. The disease, on the other hand, is deadly, especially if you are over 50, and have pre-existing health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure. This is especially true with new, more contagious variants entering the US. Click on this link to go to the portal.

Latest MTA Testing Schedule for COVID-19

Get tested! Click here for the latest MTA testing schedule

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