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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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Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux Announces Retirement

TWU Local 100 Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux has announced his retirement after a distingusied career as union activist and elected officer. 

A New Yorker born and bred, Angel grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the son of factory workers who came to America from Puerto Rico. He attended New York City public schools and entered the printing profession, working in the trade for nine years as a member of Teamsters Local 875. While working as a printer he married his wife, Elizabeth, with whom he has two daughters, Elizabeth and Iris Myra.

He was hired as a Bus Operator at Liberty Lines in Westchester in 1990. At Liberty he was a picket captain during the 2001 strike that led to significant raises for workers as well during the 2005 strike. In that strike, he along with other picketers, was arrested by State Police for blocking the company’s Valhalla, NY entrance. Those strikes, he says, gave him a sense of union power and what is possible when unity is maintained in the shop and on the lines. In 2006, Angel was elected to Local 100’s Executive Board. At Liberty, he was also elected President of the Latin Society United, a fraternal organization. In the 2009 union wide elections, he was elected Administrative Vice President on President John Samuelsen’s ticket.  He was overwhelmingly reelected in both 2012 and 2015.

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TWU Recognized for Our Activism in Supporting Veterans at Annual Dinner

At our annual Veterans Dinner on November 17th, TWU Local 100 was recognized by Assemblyman Peter Abbate and by Brian Maher, Assistant to State Senator William Larkin, both of whom were present at the event, for our rank and file veterans, who dedicated countless hours and trips to Albany to support the Veterans Equality Act. The law, which allows members of public pension systems to buy back up to three years' pension credit for military service, was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo this past June. Kevin Harrington, former VP of RTO and past head of our Veteran's Committee, was congratulated by President John Samuelsen for his efforts. The MTA Honor Guard, composed of Local 100 members, added a flourish to the dinner. TWU veterans enjoyed the speeches as well as the excellent dinner at the Union Hall.

Arrangements for Larry Sheppard

Bus Operator Larry Sheppard, 56, of Kingsbridge Depot Thursday, passed away last week, while on his swing. He was recently married and close to retirement. He will be dearly missed. He is reposing at Cotton Funeral Service, at 1025 Bergen Street, in Newark, NJ 07112. Visiting hours are Sunday, November 13, from 9am to 11am. There will be a funeral service at 11am at the same location on Sunday, November 13th, followed by the interment at Holliwood Memorial Park Cemetery, at 1500 Stuyvesant Avenue, in Union, NJ 07083.

TWU Mourns Frank Landro

TWU Local 100 officers and members mourn the passing of former Structure Division member Frank Landro, brother of Structure Division Recording Secretary Joe Landro. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joe and the entire Landro family.

Arrangements are as follows: There will be a viewing at the Aievoli Funeral Home, at 65th Street and 13th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY 11219 on Thursday, November 10th from 7 pm to 9:30 pm, and also on Friday, November 11th, from 2 to 4:30 pm and from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. A funeral mass will take place at Regina Pacis, 1230 65th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219 on Saturday, November 12, at 9:30 am.

Arrangements for Louis Gray

The arrangements for our fallen Brother Louis Gray have largely been set.

The Viewing will be held Thursday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Grace Funeral Home, 607 North Conduit Blvd., East New York, Brooklyn. A Funeral Service will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst, 100-10 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, Queens. The Disposition will be Friday at the All Souls Chapel & Crematory, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, Queens. The time has not yet been established.

Come out and support the Gray family and pay tribute to Louis, a good man who lost his life while working on behalf of his city and the riding public. Let's also show all New Yorkers that we stand united and grieve as one.

John Samuelsen, President

We're Ready to Rally on the 15th!

I'll Be There!

Thousands of TWU Local 100 members have signed the pledge cards -- posters are going up at every work location in the transit system. Just click on the arrows to see the show! We are building to the biggest rally in years to tell the MTA: We demand a fair contract! Be there and check out our new contract website here.

Local 100 Mourns Bus Operator Larry Sheppard, Died on the Job

Larry Sheppard, a popular veteran Bus Operator who was recently married, passed away at the Kingsbridge Depot Thursday. Sheppard, 56, was found in his car by a co-worker, Depot Chairman Richard Fields said. The cause of death was not immediately clear. Sheppard didn’t report after his swing shift ended but management never alerted the union, union officials said. He was supposed to pull out of the depot at 2:18 p.m.

Sheppard was found unresponsive in his car at approximately 7 p.m. by a co-worker who noticed his car was running and went to investigate, Fields said. He had nearly 30 years on the job. “He was very well liked,” Fields said. “He was very well known and liked.” A longtime Long Island resident, he was recently married and moved to Newark, N.J. with his two young children, officials said.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.

TWU Local 100 Mourns Mike Jerome, 64

OCTOBER 31 -- The TWU Local 100 family today is mourning the loss of longtime officer, activist, and staffer Mike Jerome, who passed this morning at home from pancreatic cancer. He leaves his wife, Elise deJong, and his son, Gabriel, and many other relatives and friends. Mike served in the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero and received the union’s medal of recognition on September 7, 2016 from Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips and Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux.

A machinist by trade who worked in the wheel and axle shop at Coney Island Overhaul, Mike was devoted to bettering the lot of his fellow workers through fighting management and strengthening labor solidarity within our union. A committed Socialist, he was active in various radical and revolutionary organizations for all of his adult life.

Mike Jerome became the director of Grievance and Discipline in 2001, and later Health Benefits Coordinator. In an article printed in the union’s newspaper in December 2001, that reflected his philosophy, he wrote: “We need to stop the write-ups before they happen. That means building strength and unity right at the work sites and crew rooms…we need to build member anger at management injustice and use that anger to build solidarity.”

He will be remembered as a man who was selflessly devoted to others and to the union cause. Local 100 President Samuelsen said: “Mike kept on giving to the Union, from his activism on the shop floor to his dedicated work as a union staffer. His spirit lives on whenever transit workers fight for better working conditions.”

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