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TWU Local 100 Had a Strong Alliance With the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Dr. King with TWU Founder Mike Quill and Matty Guinan, former President of TWU Local 100 at our 1961 Convention

America's workers had no better friend and supporter than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In fact, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis while speaking out against racism and injustice against the City's sanitation workers during the famous "I Am a Man" strike.

TWU leaders of the 50's and 60's had a close friendship with Dr. King, who delivered the keynote speech at the TWU International Convention in New York in 1961. You can read that speech here.

Dr. King's legacy lives on in the labor movement today and we are proud to  be a part of that legacy. We honor him today as we celebrate this federal holiday.

Union Remembers the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on His Birthday

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia to Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr. and Alberta Williams King. He became the most celebrated civil rights leader of the 20th Century. Today we remember Dr. King with these quotes:

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"The time is always right to do what is right."
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

Local 100 will also remember Dr. King as we honor him next Monday, the federal holiday dedicated to his memory, and during Black History Month.


TWU Mourns Tony Dandridge, Retired Vice President

Local 100 is mourning the passing of James Anthony “Tony” Dandridge, retired Vice President of the Rapid Transit Operations Department.  He passed away on January 13, 2020 at the age of 67.  Brother Dandridge was a Conductor and had served as Chair of the Conductor/Tower Division prior to being elevated to Vice President in 1995.  He is survived by his wife, Malynda.


Arrangements are as follows: There will be a Viewing on January 17, 2020, from 4:00pm-7:00pm, with Prayer Services from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Little Rock Baptist Church, 375 Bristol Street, Brooklyn, NY 11212. Funeral services will be held on January 18, 2020 at 10:00am at the Guarino Funeral Home, 9222 Flatlands Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11236.

TWU Mourns Sarabjeet (Gen) Lekhraj, Maintainer from LaGuardia Depot

Local 100 members are mourning the passing of Sarabjeet (Gen) Lekhraj, a Maintainer with 20 years of service. Brother Lekhraj was 54 years old. He is survived by his wife and three children. Here are the arrangements: There will be a visitation today, Friday, January 10 and tomorrow, Saturday, January 11, from 6PM to 9PM at  the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home, at 29 Atlantic Avenue, in Floral Park, NY 11001. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 12 Noon at the All Souls Crematory at 72-02 Astoria Boulevard South, in East Elmhurst, NY 11370.

President Utano Thanks Transit Workers for Getting a Million New Yorkers to New Year's Eve Celebration

In a spot airing on 1010 WINS, WFAN and ESPN Radio, TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano points out that transit workers rarely get thanked for bringing a million New Yorkers safety to Times Square to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve. So we are thanking our members -- and pointing out to the public the value of what you do day in and day out. See our ad in today's Daily News here.


TWU Mourns Train Operator Gary Kowalski, 61

Local 100 mourns the passing of Train Operator Gary Kowalski, 61, who worked the A Division. Brother Kowalski had six years of service as a Train Operator when he was diagnosed with cancer. There will be a viewing on Thursday, December 26th, from 2 to 4 PM and from 7 to 9 PM at the Dalton Funeral Home, 47 Jerusalem Avenue, Hicksville, NY 11801, 516-931-0262. Brother Kowalski leaves his wife, Ruth, two children, and seven grandchildren. He will also be missed by his co-workers in Rapid Transit Operations.

TWU Mourns Salvatore Manzella

TWU Local 100 Mourns the passing of retired MABSTOA Bus Operator Salvatore Manzella, father of long-time Ulmer Park Depot Chair James Manzella, who is currently assigned to the Local 100 Union Hall. Brother Manzella died on Dec. 10, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He was 83 years old. He is survived by his wife, 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

The arrangements are as follows: There will be a viewing on Thursday Dec. 12, 2019 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm at the Colonial Funeral Home at 2819 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306. A funeral mass will be held on Friday Dec. 13, 2019 at 9:30am at St. Thomas Church, 6097 Amboy Rd., on Staten Island, NY 10309.


Tentative Contract Reached with the MTA

Wednesday, December 4 -- Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano issued the following statement this afternoon:

"I am happy to report that we have reached a negotiated settlement with the MTA that I believe the Local 100 membership will ratify in overwhelming fashion. We achieved the framework for settlement over the weekend, and after several days of intense bargaining, arrived at the tentative agreement today, Wednesday, Dec. 4.

"I am calling a meeting of the Local 100 Executive Board for tomorrow to present the MOU for discussion and approval. I wish to thank TWU members for the incredible support you provided to me and the Local 100 leadership throughout this campaign. We were truly united. We will be reporting details of the agreement as soon as the Executive Board has had an opportunity to vote on it."

New Statement on Ongoing Contract Talks

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 -- TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano issued this statement today about ongoing contract talks with the MTA: "We don't have a deal but we're going to keep talking. We're further along than we were."



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 -- MTA Chairman Pat Foye reached out to me yesterday and asked that we go into Executive Session to try and reach agreement on a new contract. I have accepted.

The 40,000 hardworking men and women who move 8 million people a day by subway and bus deserve a fair contract.

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