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A Message from TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano

Off to a Good Start
By Tony Utano, President, TWU Local 100

When I think back to my first encounter with the union, I have to laugh.  I was all of 19 years old.  I got a job with the Transit Authority as a Power Maintainer Helper right out of Grady Vocational High School in Brighton Beach.

So I’m at one of my first union meetings and I’m complaining loudly about, what else, overtime. Remember, I’m on the job for about a year.

The union organizer pointed a finger at me and said loudly, “hey, you.”  Everyone in the room turned around and was staring straight at me. For lack of a better response, I said, “who me?”

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Mother's Day Greetings from Your Union

Sisters and Brothers,

I extend greetings on behalf of our union leadership on the occasion of Mother’s Day. Women are an increasingly important part of the transit workforce as barriers continue to fall in what used to be male-dominated industries. Women operating trains and buses are now commonplace, and now in our trades titles, women are operating heavy equipment. Many flaggers, who provide safety throughout the system, are women.

As a result, motherhood has become a concern and a responsibility of TWU Local 100, and recent bargaining sessions have established new protections and rights for expectant mothers and new mothers. I say, this is long overdue and I am proud to be a part of moving these initiatives forward.

On a personal note, just last month I welcomed my first grandchild, a daughter, and my daughter-in-law, Nanci, is a proud first-time mother. My grand-daughter, Nina Fay, is entering a world in which more opportunities are open to her – thanks in no small part to what our labor unions have accomplished. We will keep that momentum going.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Tony Utano, President

President Utano Statement on the 50th Anniversary Of the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Today the 43,000 members of TWU Local 100 join all Americans of good will in marking the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther’s King’s death on April 4, 1968 as he fought for the dignity of striking sanitation workers in Memphis. As we honor Dr. King’s great legacy, let us all in TWU commit ourselves to redoubling our efforts for equality in our workplaces and in society at large not just for our own brothers and sisters in TWU, but for people across America and throughout the world.

Dr. King’s final speech on April 3, 1968 where he declared that he had “been to the mountaintop” continues to inspire us today to keep up the good fight for equality. Let us pause for a moment during this important anniversary to remember the great leader who was taken from us 50 years ago, but to also recall his achievements in building the foundation for fairness in our country.

Dr. King's address to the TWU's International Convention in 1961 is a proud part of our union's history. You can read it here.

Arrangements for Stephen A. Livecchi

Here are the funeral arrangements for Brother Stephen A. Livecchi, 59, Helper from MTA Bus, College Point Depot. He died tragically on March 27 when a bus being moved in the facility struck and fatally injured him. He had 37 years on the job. TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano issued the following statement: "This is a very sad time for all of us. As we are mourning the death of a young track worker, another member of our union has been killed in what appears to be a tragic accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine what happened. We will close ranks around the family and do whatever we can for them.”

There will be a wake on Monday, April 2, from 2pm to 5pm and from 7pm to 9pm at Village Chapels, at 67-67 Eliot Avenue, Middle Village, NY 11379. There will be a funeral mass at 9:45 am on Tuesday, April 3, at Our Lady of Hope, at 61-27 71st Street, in Middle Village, NY 11379. We encourage all transit workers to attend to show respect and bid farewell to our Brother.

TWU Mourns as Bus Helper Stephen Livecchi Dies at College Point Depot

TUESDAY, MARCH 27 -- A terrible tragedy occurred this morning at the College Point Depot in Queens. A bus being moved in the facility struck and fatally injured MTA Bus Helper Stephen Livecchi, 59. Stephen had 37 years on the job.
 
“This is a very sad time for all of us,” Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “As we are mourning the death of a young track worker, another member of our union has been killed in what appears to be a tragic accident. We will conduct a thorough investigation to determine what happened. We will close ranks around the family and do whatever we can for them.”

Arrangements for St. Clair Ziare Richards Stephens

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Track Worker St. Clair Ziare Richards Stephens, killed in the line of duty on March 20th. President Tony Utano urges transit workers to turn out to support Brother Richards Stephens' family. There will be a viewing on Thursday, March 29th from 3pm to 8pm, and also on Good Friday, March 30, from 3pm to 6pm. A funeral service will immediately follow the viewing on Friday, beginning at 6pm. Both the viewing and the service will take place at Granby's Funeral Service, 4021 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466, tel: 718-519-6047. There will be a repast following the service. For the family's flyer, click here.

TWU Mourns Passing of Sebastian Chiarello

TWU Local 100 officers and members are mourning the passing of Sebastian Chiarello, 85, father of MOW Vice President John Chiarello. Mr. Chiarello passed away peacefully at the family’s home in Marco Island, FL on March 17, 2018.

Mr. Chiarello served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army and fought for his country in the Korean War. He was an accomplished artist who worked in stone, metal and wood, and was a brilliant jewelry designer. He is survived by his wife, Frances; sons, John and James; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Arrangements for Mr. Chiarello are as follows: There will be a viewing on Sunday, March 25, 2018, from 2:00pm-5:00pm and from 7:00pm-9:00pm at Torregrossa & Sons Funeral Home at 1305 79th St. (at 13th Avenue) in Brooklyn, tel: 718-232-8844. A Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:30am at St. Athanasius RC Church at 2154 61st St. (at Bay Parkway) in Brooklyn, NY 11204. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Middle Village, NY.

Track Worker Killed on the Job

Brothers and Sisters,

There was a terrible tragedy and one of our Brothers was killed on the job early this morning. He apparently fell and struck his head in a tunnel south of the 125th Street Station on the Lexington Avenue line.

A full investigation has begun to determine exactly how this happened. TWU Local 100 extends our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and we will help them any way we can.

--- Tony Utano, President, TWU Local 100

Gov. Cuomo Offers Condolences

Responding to the line-of-duty death this morning of Trackworker St. Clair Richards-Stephens, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the New York City transit worker who lost his life this morning.  On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my sympathies to his family and loved ones.”

This Thursday: It's Irish Night at the Union Hall

Come to your union’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration of TWU founder Mike Quill and James Connolly, Irish labor leader, patriot, martyr, and founder of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, with Food and Entertainment! The annual event is this Thursday, March 15th, from 5pm to 8pm at the Union Hall, 195 Montague Street in downtown Brooklyn.

Hear from TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano, and special guest TWU International President John Samuelsen. There will also be entertainment by "The Murphy Beds" band and Irish Step Dancing! We will serve traditional Irish fare, as befits the occasion! See you there. Good standing only!

International Women’s Day: A Message from TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano

From the earliest days of TWU Local 100, women transit workers have played a vital role in our City’s transit system and in the growth and power of our union. TWU women and TWU men, in 1941, demonstrated in New York City demanding equal pay for equal work for women subway token clerks.  As the union grew stronger and settled contract after contract, equal pay for equal work became standard in transit, and drew more and more women to our workforce.

Today, TWU Local 100 women on all our properties – from the MTA, to School Bus, to Citibike, to Big Bus and our tour bus companies, and to all our private bus operations – stand tall in support of their union and the fight for a secure future for all transit workers. In 2018, as women across America continue to fight for pay equality and against other injustices in the workplace, let us all get the message out that a union shop is the truest path to economic and job security for women, and for all workers.

So on this International Women’s Day, I proudly salute our TWU Local 100 sisters.

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