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Balloting Extended to Feb. 15, 2017

In response to reports from officers and members in the field that many still had not received contract ballots as of Thursday Feb. 2, 2017, the Local 100 Executive Committee has directed the American Arbitration Association to push back the ratification count to Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017.  That gives members an extra five days to get ballots back to AAA.

While no ballots will be opened or counted until the day of the count, the Executive Committee extended the deadline to afford the greatest opportunity possible for all votes to be cast and counted.

If you do not receive your ballot by Friday Feb. 3, 2017, or if your ballot is damaged, please call the AAA Duplicate Hotline 1-800-529-5218 Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The cutoff date to call AAA for duplicate ballots is Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

The Executive Committee reiterates its FULL SUPPORT for ratifying the contract and urges all members in good standing to VOTE YES.

Samuelsen Family Announces Arrangements for Patriarch, Warren Samuelsen

Following are the viewing and funeral arrangements for Warren Samuelsen, father of TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen. Mr. Samuelsen passed away on Jan. 29, 2017 at age 83. An obituary on Mr. Samuelsen, published in the New York Daily News, can be seen here.
 
The arrangements are as follows:

Viewing:Saturday, February 4, 2017: 2pm-5pm & 7pm-9pm and Sunday, February 5, 2017:  2pm to 5pm
 at the James P. Byrnes Funeral Home
2384 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 743-1099
 
Funeral Mass on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 9:30am
at the Resurrection Roman Catholic Church
2331 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229 (718) 743-7234
 

TWU Mourns Jimmy Pagan, Signal Maintainer

TWU Local 100 regrets to announce the death of Signal Maintainer Jimmy Pagan, of 215 Relay Shop Material, on Saturday, January 28, 2017. He was also the beloved husband of 29 years to Carmen Cristina Pagan and the father of Cristina Elizabeth Pagan, Jimmy Pagan, Jr., and Jennifer Marie Pagan.

LES Chair John V. Chiarello, MOW Vice President Tony Utano, and Local 100 President John Samuelsen join the family in mourning. John Chiarello said: "Jimmy was a stand-up guy who was never one to turn his back on his fellow workers. He was much beloved in the shop." Here are the details. The family has stated that all are welcome who knew Jimmy.
Wake Schedule:

Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 7 PM to 9 PM.; Friday, February 3, 2017 from 2 PM to 4 PM.; and Friday, February 3, 2017 from 7 PM to 9 PM.
Wake Location: Connell Funeral Home, Inc., 245 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. 610-868-8531
www.connellfuneral.com

 

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NY Daily News Obituary on Warren “Bunky” Samuelsen

Today’s edition of the New York Daily News carried an obituary on Warren Samuelsen, father of TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen. Mr. Samuelsen died Sunday at age 83.

The Daily News article carries an interview with President Samuelsen, who recalls his father as a “typical salt of the earth, throwback Brooklyn blue-collar guy.”

See the entire Daily News obituary here.

At this time, the family is finalizing arrangements.

Your Contract Ballot is in the Mail

Ballots for our contract ratification vote have been mailed to all good-standing members. They are due back by Wednesday, February 15th. The postage is paid, so all you have to do is fill out your ballot and put it in the mail. Along with the ballot, you will receive the 8-page contract brochure and associated materials. These documents are also available for your review on the union website by clicking here.

The American Arbitration Association is handling the balloting process. If you do not receive a ballot by Friday, February 3, call the AAA at 800-529-5218, to obtain another ballot.

This agreement includes tremendous value in terms of wages that easily outstrip inflation, as well as other gains that will boost our earning power well beyond the percentage increases. We have protected our health benefits with no added out of pocket costs, and we won substantial new money for our dental plan that will, among other things, extend coverage to our dependents to age 26. Significant gains have been won for our 5,000 women transit workers, including build-out of new facilities for their needs and new coverage for reconstructive surgery.

We won commuter passes for members who live within the City limits, joining those outside the city who benefited from this provision in our last agreement. On signing, a new sick-leave provision makes large cash payments available on retirement for thousands who did not have this option before. A me-too agreement with the Long Island Railroad (whose contract expired this past December) and other MTA bargaining units means that if they win any raise larger than ours, we win that percentage bump-up as part of our contract as well. As important, this is a concession-free contract, a major accomplishment in this age of public sector bargaining. It will also protect us over the contract term against any reduction in federal transit funds that may be legislated by the new Trump Administration in Washington.

Vote YES on this contract so that we can all begin enjoying its many benefits.

President John Samuelsen, with parents Warren and Theresa Samuelsen and sons in this 2012 photo in front of house bought by John’s grandmother, Mary McMahon, when she came from the north of Ireland in the 1920’s in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn.
President John Samuelsen, with parents Warren and Theresa Samuelsen and sons in this 2012 photo in front of house bought by John’s grandmother, Mary McMahon, when she came from the north of Ireland in the 1920’s in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn.

TWU Mourns Passing of Warren "Bunky" Samuelsen

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Warren Samuelsen, nick-named Bunky, the father of TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen.  He died Sunday after a battle with a series of ailments. He was 83 years old. A life-long Brooklyn resident, Warren Samuelsen was a lugger and truck driver who worked on Little W. 12th St. In the Gansevoort Wholesale Meat Market. 

“My dad was a salt-of-the-earth working class union guy trying to take care of his family,” President Samuelsen said. Warren Samuelsen is survived by his widow, Theresa, four sons, including President Samuelsen, a daughter and 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not yet been scheduled.

Review Your New Contract Brochure

Ballots for the contract ratification vote are scheduled to be mailed to each good standing member’s home on January 27, 2017.  The American Arbitration Association is handling the balloting process. Please look for your ballot in the mail early next week.

The mailing will include full details on the contract, including this 8-page contract brochure, as well as important side letters and all departmental gains for your particular title. We urge you to quickly review the material and cast your ballot.  Return postage is already paid so the only thing you have to do is mark your ballot and drop it in the mail.

The agreement includes tremendous value in terms of wages that easily outstrip inflation, as well as other gains that will boost our earning power well beyond the percentage increases. We have protected our health benefits with no added out of pocket costs, and we won substantial new money for our dental plan that will, among other things, extend coverage to our dependents to age 26. As important, this is a concession-free contract, a major accomplishment in this age of public sector bargaining.

Vote YES on this contract so that we can all begin enjoying its many benefits.

Outside the Andaz Hotel, where negotiations were underway with the MTA, Pres Samuelsen and top officers brief the news media on our tentative agreement.
Outside the Andaz Hotel, where negotiations were underway with the MTA, Pres Samuelsen and top officers brief the news media on our tentative agreement.

TWU Local 100, MTA, Reach Tentative Contract

Brothers and Sisters,

We have reached an agreement with the MTA on a new collective bargaining agreement for MTA Bus, and TA-OA Members.  The package provides wage increases which are significantly above inflation and it includes many important negotiated economic sweeteners that will put a substantial amount of money into transit workers' pockets.  This is a concession-free contract.  We have protected our health benefits and we  have secured important improvements in dental that will allow us to provide coverage to dependents up to age 26. There are additional dental improvements as well.

Your Vice President and top officers have unanimously endorsed this agreement.  Terms will be presented to the full Local 100 Executive Board tomorrow morning.  We will have some further details on the contract later today after we have briefed the Executive Board.

Contract Update from TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen

 

Noon, Sunday, Jan 15 2017 --  We have just about 12 hours to go before our contracts with the MTA expire.

 

The union's leadership, supported by TWU International President Harry Lombardo and other International Union officers, has been bargaining around the clock in an effort to secure a contract that provides an economic and benefits package that reflects the value of the transit workforce to the City and State of New York.

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We remain far apart on the most important piece of the contract  -Economics.  The MTA has refused to budge off of its long held position that the wage increases not exceed two percent.  This is totally unacceptable to us.  We have communicated this in clear, unmistakable terms.  Our position will not change, and we will not settle this agreement unless management moves in a positive direction.

 

On departmentals, we have made progress for a number of our titles and those talks continue between our Vice Presidents and Divisional officers and their counterparts on the MTA side.

 

Our absolute goal is to reach a settlement by Midnight. If we cannot reach agreement with the MTA that meets the needs of our membership, I will be calling an emergency session of the Local 100 Executive Board for tomorrow, Jan. 16, 2017 to weigh our options moving forward into the week.

 

I will update you later today on where we are. 

 

In Solidarity,

 

John Samuelsen

President, TWU Local 100

Contract Fight Update at Mass Membership Meeting in Madison Square Garden on January 7

At our mass rally outside 2 Broadway on Nov. 15th, thousands of transit workers served notice on the MTA that we are ready to do whatever is necessary to win a fair contract. Our Contract with the MTA
Expires on January 15, 2017. We need to come out swinging in what will be the start of the last round of this campaign – our Mass Membership Meeting on January 7th.

Click here for our Mass Membership Flyer. Download, distribute, and plan to be there.

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