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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.

Registration Opens Mar 8 for Childcare Vouchers for our TA/OA/MTABus Members

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Women's History Month

IB ImageGreetings to all of my TWU Local 100 Sisters! Women's History Month is celebrated in March because of of International Women's Day, which falls on March 8 every year. It all started after thousands of women rallied right here in New York City for better working conditions and the right to vote in 1908, leading members of the Socialist Party to launch an even bigger gathering of suffragists and women rights groups for the first International Women's Day in 1909. From that beginning came women's suffrage on August 18, 1920, when women finally won the right to vote.
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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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Speaker Heastie Went to Bat for Rank and File Transit Workers
Speaker Heastie Went to Bat for Rank and File Transit Workers

NYS Assembly Extends Death Benefits for Pandemic's Front-Line Workers

BY NICK REISMAN, NY1 --

The Democratic-led state Assembly on Wednesday approved a measure meant to extend enhanced death benefits for the families of municipal workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The measure extends the benefits for families based on legislation approved last year, said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. 

“Throughout the course of this pandemic, our brave frontline workers have gotten up and gone to work every day despite the tremendous risks to their health,” Heastie said. “Tragically, many of these heroic public servants lost their lives to COVID-19. This legislation will ensure that the line of duty death benefits we put in place last year will remain available as we continue to battle this pandemic.”

Accidental death benefits for municipal workers provide more coverage for families than ordinary benefits. The measure extends those benefit provisions from December 31 of last year to December 31, 2022. For Transit Workers, the measure means that the spouse of a member who fell to the virus can claim a 50% pension (based on what the worker would have qualified for) for the rest of his or her life.

“Although many workers have been fortunate enough to work from home during this global pandemic, our frontline workers are not afforded that luxury,” said Assemblyman Peter Abbate.

“Day after day, emergency medical personnel, firefighters, police officers, sanitation workers, transit workers, state and municipal employees, and many others continue to put their health at risk to ensure that we can stay home and stay safe. These public employees who lost their lives to COVID-19 deserve all of our gratitude, and their families deserve the critical benefits afforded in this legislation.”

 

TWU Local 100 WANTS YOU!

FEBRUARY 3,2021 -- Local 100 President Tony Utano convened a strategy meeting today with more than 20 MTA union presidents, vice presidents, and staffers, to make making spitting at transit workers, along with other types of physical contact, a crime. ­

The MTA labor coalition agreed to embark on a series of actions, including direct outreach by union presidents to influential members of the New York State Senate and Assembly; establishing an easy way for union members to contact legislators via email and telephone; securing free media coverage; and taking out ads in regional and local publications. We will be sending out information on how you can participate in the near future. The MTA’s Government Affairs office also participated in the Zoom call.

The Governor’s budget proposal includes a penal code amendment elevating spitting on a transit worker from a violation, which is equivalent to a mere parking ticket, to misdemeanor aggravated harassment, which is punishable by up to a year in jail. The amendment would also make other forms of physical contact, such as a slap, a shove, or a kick, aggravated harassment. Right now, police have to witness some types of assault, like spitting, to take any enforcement action. The law must be changed to establish real consequences and a deterrent effect. Finally, the bill would add more job titles and work descriptions to the existing law that makes it a felony to assault and cause physical injury to a transit worker. It would broaden the group of workers covered to include station customer assistants, anyone involved in fare media sales, maintenance, inspections and other tasks.

If you want to participate in this campaign, email us at: communications@twulocal100.org. Provide your name, title, cell phone, and let us know if you’ve been a victim of the abuse described above.

The following union presidents participated in the meeting with Local 100 President Tony Utano: Danny Cassella, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 726; Edward Valente, General Chairman, Association of Commuter Rail Employees (Metro-North); Mark Henry, ATU Local 1056; Vincent Modafferi, TWU Local 106; Michael Cordiello, ATU Local 1181; Mike Carrube, Subway Surface Supervisors Association; Jose DeJesus, ATU Local 1179; and Anthony Simon, General Chairman, Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Workers Association (SMART) (LIRR).

 

Now's the Time: Get Vaccinated and Tested to Safeguard Your Family, Co-Workers, and Riders

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.

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