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Reimbursement for delayed commutation passes

The arbitrator has ruled that members with commutation passes may be reimbursed for management's delay in issuing the passes. A reimbursement claim form is now available here.

 

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Eyewitness News: MTA Bus Drivers Believe They Are Unfairly Targeted by Vision Zero

From Eyewitness News: Bus operators have a hard enough job, they say, but they don't believe they should be arrested if they are involved in a pedestrian accident.

MTA bus operators making turns through crosswalks have now been instructed by their union officials to follow the letter of the law and wait until a crosswalk is completely clear before proceeding.

"We are no longer going through crosswalks wherever there are pedestrians," TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen said. "We will clear the crosswalk when pedestrians are on the sidewalk."

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An Urgent Message to All Bus Operators from TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen

Widows & Orphans Benefit: A Fabulous Night for a Good Cause

JANUARY 29 -- The stars came out at the Gotham Ballroom in Manhattan last night -- and they were us.Together with our friends in business and labor, the transport workers of Local 100 raised tens of thousands of dollars to benefit the families of co-workers who lost their lives in recent memory in the line of duty, from Track Worker Samuel McPhaul in 2001 to Bus Operator William Pena in 2014. Attendees at  the elegant event said they couldn't recall a more accomplished and impressive TWU Local 100 benefit dinner. President John Samuelsen, keynoting the evening, said: "True religion is taking care of the widows and  orphans -- and we have accomplished it." In a moving video produced by Wilkie Cornelius from the Stations Department, the children and spouses of fallen workers praised the Union for giving them the funds to attend college and weather life's storms. Samuelsen said the fund's continued growth has led to higher payouts to families each year. The TWU Local 100 Widows & Orphans Fund is also a recognized charity that members can contribute to via paycheck deduction. Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray, who MC'd the event, praised the Union's Comptroller, Dalia Lamming-Tilly, for being a driving force behind the event.

Local 100 Helps Families Succeed Through Scholarships

This year, the M3 Technology/TWU Local 100 Scholarship program gave 25 children of Local 100 members $1,000 scholarships apiece to attend the colleges of their choice. Speaking to parents, sons and daughters, the union officials, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen spoke about the expanding scholarship program, other educational offerings the union is working on, and his gratitude for the union’s ability to make all of this possible. Click here for a list of the scholarship winners.

Local 100 President John Samuelsen Issues Statement on The Assault of a C/R By an Off-Duty NYC Police Officer

I am shocked to learn that the person who assaulted one of our members, a Conductor in uniform and on duty, in the Bronx on Dec. 23, 2014 is an off-duty NYC Police Officer.  Transit workers deal with physical and verbal abuse from the public on a daily basis, but to have an off duty Police Officer engaging in this inexplicable act of violence is an outrageous breach of the public trust.

We have spoken at length with the Conductor and a second MTA worker on the scene and we are confident that they acted professionally at all times.  The officer’s version of what happened on that platform is not believable, not supported by the facts and a pure fabrication. The fact that he waited more than a week to report anything, and only did so once his picture was made public, underscores his culpability in this case.

The Police Officer who perpetrated this crime should have already been arrested.  Had the roles been reversed, our Conductor would have been arrested on the spot.  We will not allow this case to be swept under the rug.  Nobody has the right to assault a transit worker in the course of his/her duties in service to New York. Under NYS law, assaulting a Conductor who is on duty and in uniform is a felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.  I fully expect the Bronx DA to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of that law.

Union officers are in touch with the Conductor and will continue to assist her as she recovers from this ordeal.  They will also be meeting with their counterparts at the TA to review the TA’s policies for assigning personnel to isolated station platforms.


UPDATE: The victim, identified only as a female Conductor, aged 28, spoke with Pete Donohue of the NY Daily News in an interview published January 3, 2015.

EXCLUSIVE: Subway conductor allegedly attacked by cop speaks

Train Operator Mike Conklin Sings Let It Be at NYCT's Medal of Excellence Awards

Train Operator Mike Conklin, honoring the recipients of this year’s Medal of Excellence trophies, sings The Beatles’ “Let it Be” at National Grid Auditorium in Brooklyn’s Metrotech Center.

Thirty transit employees, most of them rank and file members of TWU Local 100, were honored for acts of heroism and public service, where they went above and beyond the call of duty to help an injured, sick, or lost rider or co-worker. MOW Vice President Tony Utano represented TWU Local 100 at the annual event.

Samuelsen: We will bear witness until justice is served

Statement of TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen on the Failure of the Grand Jury to Act in the Garner Case

We look forward to a federal investigation of this needless death of a member of the TWU family. There was clear visual evidence that Eric Garner posed no threat to the Police or anyone else when he was taken down for the most minor of offenses and then handcuffed while in an obvious state of respiratory arrest. To Eric Garner’s mother, a retired Train Operator, and to his sister, a TAS Bus Operator, I say, please do not despair. In federal court, in civil suit and in the next life we will bear witness until justice is served.
Plaque showing the loss hangs in the William Pena Swing Room at the Quill Depot
Plaque showing the loss hangs in the William Pena Swing Room at the Quill Depot

Tomorrow's the Next Court Date for William Pena's Killer -- Be There!

It's been almost nine months since Bus Operator William Pena, who drove the M14 bus for decades out of the Quill Depot, was killed by drunk driver Domonic Whilby. Whilby has been in Riker's since, but has had problems finding an attorney to represent him. The case has dragged on and on, putting William's family -- his widow, Nancy and their daughter, Gabrielle, through much suffering which is even greater now, during the holiday season. Read the flyer TWU Local 100 has put out about the importance of tomorrow's court appearance -- and please show up at Manhattan Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street, Part 32 (13th Floor) on Wednesday, December 3 to support Nancy and Gabrielle. Court begins at 9AM -- please be early to go through the security check. Let's show the judge that TWU members are united for justice and want to see the trial begin speedily so justice can be served.

A Veterans Day Message from TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen

Today, I join all Americans in offering our deepest gratitude to the courageous men and women who answer their nation’s call to service.  I offer a special thank you to our Local 100 members who have served in the U.S Armed Forces, especially those who have put their lives on hold, and have left their jobs and families to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan in the past decade.

This year, I was hoping that we as a union would be able to offer a more tangible form of gratitude to our pubic sector military veterans. 

For the past two years, the Local 100 Veterans Committee has worked tirelessly to gain passage of a bill that would allow all veterans, regardless of when they served, to buy back up to three years of pension service in the city or state retirement systems.  Current law grants that ability only to veterans who have served during certain periods of war and national crisis.  This unfairly excludes veterans who served in peacetime, and virtually all women veterans, who until recently were barred from combat roles.

Service to America is service to America, no matter when it occurs.

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Unions Rally at Times Square to GOTV for Cuomo/Hochul, Schneiderman & DiNapoli

It's Get Out The Vote time. On election day, the campaign is only as good as our ground game. Today we rallied at Times Square and heard speeches by Governor Cuomo, his running mate, Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and others supporting the Democratic ticket and exhorting members to get out and vote. Going into the election, the Cuomo team is heavily favored to win, but every vote matters in order to rack up an impressive margin of victory. Andrew Cuomo has delivered for TWU Local in helping settle our contract earlier this year, and has bills on his desk which are important to us. So please get out and vote tomorrow for Cuomo/Hochul, Schneiderman for Attorney General, and Tom DiNapoli for Comptroller.

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