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Finally, Protective Masks Will Be Available for Frontline Transit Workers

MARCH 27 -- After several weeks of the union applying persistent public and behind-the-scenes pressure, the MTA will be making protective masks available for frontline transit workers on a weekly basis.

The MTA announced this evening that they had finally been able to secure significant quantities of these masks that have been in short supply across the nation for first responders, health care workers and other essential employees who have been carrying the load for New York and America during this crisis.

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano hailed the MTA’s announcement and said the union is working closely with management to determine the best way to distribute the masks directly to the job sites.

President Utano said: “We’ve been working very hard to secure masks for transit workers during what has been widely reported as a global shortage of supplies. This has been a very traumatic time for all of us, and I hope these masks will give the membership some peace of mind as we continue providing essential bus and subway service to New York.”

TWU Mourns Juanita Gregory

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Juanita Gregory, mother of TA Surface Executive Board member and Jackie Gleason Depot Chair Jennine Gregory. She passed away on March 4, 2020. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, at 24-16 34th Ave., Long Island City, Queens 11106.

Utano: Suspend Kronos

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano is demanding the MTA suspend use of the Kronos touch-screen system during the coronavirus pandemic.

There’s no reason to require up to hundreds of workers at individual facilities to be touching the same screens on their way in and out of work," Utano said. “This is just common sense; It’s a no-brainer.”

Utano conveyed the Kronos demand to MTA Chief Safety Officer Pat Warren, NYC Transit Labor Relations Vice President Kim Ward and other top officials during meetings and correspondence over the past week. Of course, the MTA so far is resisting appeals to common sense. Another meeting between the elected Local 100 leadership and MTA executives is expected on Monday.

The authority, meanwhile, is distributing to workers a “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet regarding the new virus. One of the questions is, “Should I wear a Mask to work?”  The authority is directing workers not to wear masks, claiming they are not proven to be effective – and are not part of the authorized uniform.

TWU Local 100’s position is clear. You have the right to wear a mask for your safety or peace of mind and will be supported 100% by your union. As President Utano said earlier this week: “Our position – better safe than sorry and we don’t give a damn about dress codes in a medical emergency.”

TWU Mourns CTA Carl Fenty, 39

The Stations Department is mourning the loss of CTA Carl Fenty, who passed away recently from a heart attack. Brother Fenty had 13 years with New York City Transit. Union Rep Terry Steptoe remembered him warmly: "He was a nice guy. He liked sneakers, comic books, superheroes." Brother Fenty was out sick for a time, but came back to work and was in active service with the mobile wash team when he was stricken. There will be a service at Unity Funeral Chapels, 2352 8th Avenue (off 126th Street) in Manhattan on Tuesday, March 10th, from 3 PM to 8 PM.

Coronavirus Update

MARCH 5, 2020 -- TWU Local 100 officers demanded in a meeting with MTA brass that worker facilities and work locations be cleaned more frequently to thwart the spread of the corona virus. Union leadership also told MTA officials that there is a shortage of hand sanitizer in the field - and they have to ensure adequate supplies are made available to workers.

Local 100 President Tony Utano also reiterated to management that workers who want to wear a medical mask for their safety or peace of mind have that right.

MTA brass indicated they would ramp up the sanitizing of facilities, including crew rooms, swing rooms and bathrooms, and would look into complaints about areas lacking hand sanitizer. The Local 100 contingent also included Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp, Secretary-Treasurer Earl Philips, the departmental vice presidents Pete Rosconi, Shirley Martin, Eric Loegel, J.P. Patafio, Richie Davis, John Chiarello and Lynwood Whichard. MTA representatives included Chief Safety Officer Pat Warren and Labor Relations Vice President Kim Ward. Another meeting is scheduled for Monday.

TWU Mourns Brandon Almonte

TWU Local 100 is mourning the tragic death of Brandon Almonte, the nephew of Carlos Bernabel, Chair of the union’s Private Operations Division.  Brandon was only 22 years old. Arrangements are as follows:

There will be a viewing tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 28, from 4:00pm-9:00pm at the RG Ortiz Funeral Home at 4425 Broadway, New York, NY 10040.

Williams, Cornegy to be Special Guests at Black History Event on Thursday

IB ImageThursday's Black History Celebration at the Union Hall at 5pm will feature New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and City Councilman Robert Cornegy (D-Bedford Stuyvesant) in addition to a festive dinner and entertainment. Click here for the flyer and sign-up sheet. See you there!

Census Job Fair Set for Friday, Feb. 28

TWU Local 100, in conjunction with the NYC Central Labor Council, is sponsoring a 2020 Census Job Fair at the Union Hall on Friday, February 28th from 10AM to 2PM at the Union Hall (195 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201). We need people to assist with the 2020 Census count. Excellent pay from $28 an hour. Find out more at the Census Job Fair. Click here for the flyer.

TWU Mourns Rodney Pitcher, Signal Maintainer

TWU Local 100 is mourning the death of Signal Maintainer Rodney D. Pitcher, who had 14 years this month with New York City Transit. He will be sorely missed by his co-workers.

We urge you to support his family in paying respects at his viewing, which will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 2pm to 6pm, at the Lawrence H. Woodward Funeral Home at 1 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213. Interment will take place the following day, Friday, February 14, at 9:15 AM at Rosedale Cemetery, 350 E. Linden Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036.

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