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Glaser, Prendergast, Cuomo and Samuelsen address the press corps on the new tentative agreement
Glaser, Prendergast, Cuomo and Samuelsen address the press corps on the new tentative agreement

Pres. Samuelsen, Gov. Cuomo Announce Tentative Five-Year Contract Agreement

APRIL 17 -- TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen sat down today with New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, MTA CEO Tom Prendergast, and Mr. Cuomo's Director of Operations Howard Glaser at the Governor's New York City office to announce a tentative contract settlement after two years of negotiations. The deal includes five years of raises and is retroactive to January 16, 2012. It also has benefit enhancements in health care, death benefits, and dental and optical. The TWU Local 100 Executive Board must now consider and vote to send the tentative agreement to the TWU Local 100 membership which has the final say. Check back at the TWU Local 100 website for updates, including the complete agreement once the Executive Board has voted.

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TWU President Samuelsen Petitions Gov. Cuomo to Intervene in Contract Dispute with the MTA

TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen petitioned NY Governor Andrew Cuomo to intervene in the protracted contract dispute between the union, representing 34,000 transit workers, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. In his letter, Mr. Samuelsen said that in spite of intensified talks, significant stumbling blocks remain between the parties and have been preventing settlement of a contract for over two years. “Absent your intervention, I do not see a path to resolving a number of difficult issues,” he wrote. Samuelsen cited the dedicated work of his members during and after Hurricane Sandy and the steady advance in the cost of living as factors that demand a settlement at this time. He also noted the Governor’s previous success in bringing the parties together in a successful resolution of the Con Ed lockout of 2012.

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Dear Gov. Cuomo:

On behalf of the 34,000 hard-working men and women employed by the MTA New York City Transit and MaBSTOA, I urge you to personally intervene to bring an end to the protracted contract dispute between TWU Local 100 and the MTA.

I have resisted making this request for more than two years because I felt the differences between Local 100 and the MTA were too wide to bridge.

Recent conversations between myself and MTA Chair Tom Prendergast have intensified and while talks have produced some progress in understanding one another’s needs, significant stumbling blocks remain. Absent your intervention, I do not see a path to resolving a number of difficult issues.

As you know, transit workers provide a vital service to millions of New Yorkers seven days a week 24 hours a day, mostly in anonymity. But Superstorm Sandy put our essential contributions to the economy and the social fabric of our City on full display, both in the immediate aftermath of the storm and for months on end in the tireless efforts our members have demonstrated in reconstructing the transit system.

Throughout this time, we labored without complaint, and without demands for a contract settlement as a price for our daily ‘above-and-beyond’ performance.

By the same token, the continuing pressures of providing this service under difficult circumstances to an ever-expanding rider base, rising consumer prices, and years without any tangible recognition for our efforts have greatly impacted our members’ morale.

It is in everyone’s best interest to finally settle this long overdue dispute in a fair and equitable manner.

I understand that the MTA is an independent agency. However, you have stepped into labor disputes when circumstances required, such as your settlement of the Con Ed lockout in 2012. Quite frankly, I believe that your input is essential now if we are to reach a deal with the MTA. I am prepared to meet at a moment’s notice to bring this matter to conclusion.

TWU Local 100 urges you to get involved.

Sincerely,

John Samuelsen

President

TWU Local 100

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One Worker's Story at UPS

Domenick DeDomenico, 40, was fired by UPS for joining 249 other drivers and refusing to work for 90 minutes on the morning of February 26th. They did this in solidarity with another driver who was fired for a minor infraction. DeDomenico spoke at Teamster Local 804's Thursday rally at City Hall, and explained that he had come back to work shortly before the job action after being out for nearly a year after being hit by a car while doing his job of delivering packages. The company said that his productivity had declined from 13 packages an hour to 12, and that he was slated to be fired even before participating in the job action.

Large Crowd of Union Members and Polticians Demands Reinstatement of Fired UPS Workers
Large Crowd of Union Members and Polticians Demands Reinstatement of Fired UPS Workers

UPS Drivers, at City Hall, Protest Firings of 250

APRIL 3 -- Members of Teamsters Local 804 working for UPS joined political leaders and supporters from other unions including TWU Local 100 in a rally at City Hall protesting the firing of up to 250 workers after a walk-out staged by workers in solidarity with a fired brother. One of those who has already been fired is Ronald Sauray, husband of TWU Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray. He was also at the rally to support his union. After 250 workers walked off the job for 90 minutes on February 26, to protest the firing of Jairo Reyes for allegedly changing his reporting time, management called all 250 into their offices and announced that they would be fired for walking off the job -- on a timetable to be decided by management.

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Fallen Conductor Stedmund Dawson, 58
Fallen Conductor Stedmund Dawson, 58

Arrangements for Conductor Stedmund Dawson, Died in the Line of Duty

Viewing and Funeral arrangements for Brother Stedmund Dawson have been announced by TWU Local 100. Brother Dawson, 58, passed away while operating on his D train out of 205th Street at 9:30 on the morning of Monday, March 24th. The train had arrived at the second stop on the line, Kingsbridge Road, but he did not close the doors. The Train Operator investigated and found Brother Dawson unconscious in his cab. A police officer and bystander initiated CPR, but Brother Dawson was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital after being transported by EMS. His is the second line of duty death this year for a TWU Local 100 transit worker. Family and friends will gather to remember him at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 777 East 222nd Street in the Bronx on April 8, 2014. There will be a viewing from 4 to 7 pm, with tributes from 6 to 7 pm, and a funeral service from 7 to 8 pm.

In Photos: TWU Local 100's 2014 Lobby Day

Heading to Lobby Day? Please Note Adjustments to Some Bus Locations

Our Political Action Committee is collapsing and reassigning menbers from four buses in Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. The Manhattan Bus out of the Harlem State Office Building at 125th Street has been cancelled. Please call Raybblin Vargas to find another bus in Manhattan at (917) 593-0052.

In Queens, the College Point Depot and Woodside Depot buses have been cancelled. Please contact Michele Gilliam to find another bus Location in Queens at (347) 429-4481.

Lastly, the Staten Island bus has been moved to the corner of North Gannon and Bradley Avenue. It will board at about 6:20 AM. If you are taking that bus, please call Richie Rivera at 646-498-3277 if you have questions.

Lobby Day 2014 Preview: Our Legislative Agenda

As fifteen hundred TWU members prepare to head up to Albany next Tuesday, our Political Action Committee is preparing for the big turnout. The day will include union actions, lobbying visits, presentations from prominent politicians, and our annual group photo. We expect to make real progress on some of the items on our legislative agenda and deliver a message to the legislature about the power of TWU and the need for a contract that says no to Net Zero. There will be free t-shirts for all TWU Local 100 members as well as both breakfast and lunch. See you there as we show our union power!

Quill-Connolly Day In Pictures, Video, and Social Media

Happy International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, TWU Local 100 presents this look at our women on the job for New York City Transit and our Private Bus Lines. Many associate women in transit mainly with Station Agents and Bus Drivers, but the slides show that our women have become an important part of our entire transport industry, now working in many jobs that were once the exclusive province of men. Here’s to our great women in transit!

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