Transit & Local 100 in the News

TWU's Joe Sclafani: We don't want Brooklyn Bridge rerun

Via NY1:

The Transport Workers Union didn’t want a repeat of what happened on the Brooklyn Bridge, where some 700 demonstrators had been arrested.

"Two weeks ago, our bus drivers, nearly 20 buses were commandeered by the police department, and they were forced to take prisoners, which is clearly not their job,” said Joe Sclafani of the TWU. “Our drivers are not going to be taking any prisoners. If the police want to use these buses, they’ll use them. Our drivers are not here to aid the police in arresting people."

John Samuelsen on Countdown with Keith Olbermann explains why Local 100 is joining the Occupy Wall Street protest

Transport Workers Union president John Samuelsen says his union and the Occupy Wall Street protesters are “singing the same song and fighting the same battle” against economic inequity.

Voices Heard - Flushing

Transit advocates from the Rider Rebellion / Transportation Alternatives interviewed Queens riders and found everyone saying the same thing: these neighborhoods are underserved and need more mass transit service.

In 90-Degree Heat, Solidarity with Macy's workers


In the wilting heat of June 8, an upbeat and spirited group of Union members marched in front of the world’s largest store at Herald Square to make a very public statement about how Macy’s treats its workers. Local 1-S of the RWDSU/UFCW is trying to secure a new contract at the world famous emporium. But Macy’s wants to cut worker pay, cut staff positions, undermine seniority, and reduce pensions. Sound familiar? It should. With music provided by musicians local 802 that reflected the struggle of the working class, TWU members told the public that Macy’s should put "Pensions Before Parades" and treat workers fairly. Passing truckers blew horns in solidarity, and passersby gave workers shouts of approval. Macy’s workers in their uniform shirts came out to support those who are fighting to support them – their union brothers and sisters. Said Local 100 Director of Organizing Charles Jenkins: “For a spirited crowd in the 90 degree heat, it was inspiring.” Now, let’s see if shoppers get behind the people who serve them at Macy’s, and if the department store keeps faith with its workers.

Taking a stand for safety


Union rallies around College Point Bus Operators

Three Bus Operators in Queens, acting under New York State law, declined to put unsafe buses on the road. Defects included upper rear marker lights on an Orion bus and upper brake lights on two MCI Cruisers. Management, flagrantly ignoring safety standards, took the Operators out of service.

Our members’ actions were not only justified, but required by law. They did the right thing, and now TWU Local 100 is doing the right thing and standing by them. As of June 6, President Samuelsen has placed these suspended Operators on the union’s payroll while we fight the MTA on this issue.

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Admin VP Angel Giboyeaux speaks to layoffs on Spanish-language television


On August 13, Admin. VP Angel Giboyeaux spoke to Telemundo about the layoff of another 200 Station Agents and the impact on rider security.

Click here for the video (requires Windows Media Player plug-in for browser).

Click "read more" below for summary in Spanish.

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NY Daily News Cartoon gets it right

Bill Bramhall's cartoon appeared in the Daily News on July 18.

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Local 100 Joins Major Unions to Confront Banks on Foreclosure Policies


WEDNESDAY, JULY 14 -- Union leaders including Local 100’s John Samuelsen, the UFT’s Michael Mulgrew, Local 1199’s George Gresham, DC 37’s Oliver Gray, and Brooklyn’s Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry joined with City Comptroller John Liu today and with Jon Kest, Director of New York Communities for Change, to announce a fightback against financial institutions who have profited from the subprime crisis, and now refuse to address its devastating fallout.

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The Chief-Leader: TWU does the right thing

Editorial, July 16, 2010 issue

Transport Workers Union Local 100 board members deserve credit for approving a resolution under which union members would pay $5 weekly over the next six months to help cover the health-care costs of colleagues who have been laid off in recent weeks as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s budget cuts.

Rank-and-file transit workers, who will have to vote in favor of the plan for it to take effect, should follow in the spirit of their board. It is because the union refused to give up or defer key benefits, including a pay raise, that the MTA went ahead with the layoffs. Those who were spared because they had greater seniority should be willing to make a relatively small sacrifice to assist those who lost their jobs.

Doing so will help build solidarity in the ranks, which is particularly important because there is a decent likelihood that at least half of those who were laid off could be recalled as vacancies arise that need to be filled. It also reinforces the strength of a union previously ripped apart by internal strife growing out of the consequences of the 2005 strike by making a statement that those fortunate enough to escape the ax appreciate the sacrifice others were forced to make to protect hard-won benefits.

RMT secures massive victory for low paid workers

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