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LE/S Member Troy “Butch” Lee is Mourned

TWU Local 100 mourns the unexpected passing on June 12,2016 of Lighting Maintainer Troy S. “Butch” Lee. He was only 53 years of age.

LE/S Chair John Chiarello expressed his condolences to Brother Lee’s family.  “Everyone in LE/S who knew and worked with Butch are shocked and saddened at his death.  He was a nice guy, a hard worker and a good union Brother.  We are all diminished by his passing,” he said.

Brother Lee was born in Georgetown, Guyana before coming to the U.S. and finding a job and career at New York City Transit. He is survived by his parents, Jean and Philip Lee, and brothers Pearl Lee-Rodgers and Philip R. Lee, Jr.  

Arrangements are as follows: Viewing will take place at the Riewerts Memorial Home, 187 S Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ on Thursday, June 16, 2016 and Friday June 17, 2016 from 6:00 P.M. to closing. There will be a Funeral Service at the same location on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 11:00 A.M.

Subways' 'Most Vulnerable' Seek Assembly's Help

BY PETE DONOHUE

Subway cleaners like Myra Toombs may be the most vulnerable transit workers in the system. Cleaners are out in the open while station agents and train crews at least have the protection of a locked booth or train cab. A growing number of bus operators have partitions shielding them from the loons and goons, a security measure provided to thousands of bus operators after one was stabbed to death. But cleaners don’t have radios – or even the law on their side – despite the risks. 

“We don’t have anything,” Toombs, 56, said. “We’re just cleaners with our cleaning supplies. It’s very fearful. People are crazy out there.”

It was just after midnight in September 2015 when crazy walked into the Bay Ridge Ave. station on the R line.  Cleaner Marisol Delgado was getting supplies from a utility room when she heard “hollering and screaming” near the turnstiles. “It was a lady and she was fighting with her boyfriend,” Delgado said. “She wanted him to jump the turnstile because she didn’t have enough money to pay his fare. So, I told her to ‘just go, don’t argue with him.’ I was being nice.” The woman responded with curses. After the screaming match continued for another 10 minutes, Delgado finally told the token booth clerk to alert the rail control center. The woman responded with a haymaker.

“I turned back, heading to the room with the cleaning supplies, and she punched me in the forehead,” Delgado said. “I fell. She was ready to hit me again. I ran, dragging myself into the room.”

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Charles Edwards
Charles Edwards

TWU Mourns Ret. Bus Operator Charles Edwards

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Retired Bus Operator Charles E. Edwards, of the Michael J. Quill Depot. There will be a viewing on Friday, May 28th, at the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, at 833 Gardner C. Taylor Blvd. (former Marcy Ave) in Brooklyn, from 9 AM to 10 AM. His funeral will follow directly after the viewing.

Union Endorses Adriano Espaillat in the 13th CD

Union Endorses Adriano Espaillat in the 13th CD

The TWU Local 100 Executive Board voted overwhelmingly in April to give the union's endorsement for the open seat in the 13th Congressional District to State Sen. Adriano Espaillat. The District encompasses Upper Manhattan and a part of the Bronx.

The TWU Local 100 Executive Board voted overwhelmingly in April to give the union’s endorsement for the open seat in the 13th Congressional District to State Sen. Adriano Espaillat.  The District encompasses Upper Manhattan and a part of the Bronx. The seat is currently held by long-time Rep. Charles Rangel who is retiring at the end of his current term. 

Espaillat accepted the union’s endorsement at a press conference outside the Kingsbridge Bus Depot on Broadway and 215th Street. Secretary Treasurer Earl Phillips told the assembled media that the union chose Espaillat over a number of other candidates vying for the seat because “he knows the our transit system and its value. And he knows us. He will be a strong and effective voice in Washington for the federal funds that are so necessary to improve and expand mass transit here.”

Phillips, who was joined by MABSTOA Vice President Richard Davis, Depot Chair Richard Fields and about a dozen Kingsbridge Bus Operators, praised Espaillat for being a dogged supporter of transit workers in the State Legislature.  “Senator Espaillat has been at our side during every fight we’ve waged, and we’ve waged quite a few. He championed our cause when we demanded bus safety shields for bus operators and when we vigorously opposed bus operators getting arrested under Vision Zero.”

Phillips added that Espaillat “is currently sponsoring Tier 6 Legislation that will bring pension parity and fairness to bus operators who were hired in the last couple of years. Sen. Espaillat has been a great friend in Albany and will continue to be a great friend in Washington.  He has stood with us many times and today we are proud to stand with him and give him our endorsement,” Phillips concluded.

Espallait said that he was “deeply, deeply grateful” for the union’s endorsement, but he said that he expected no less.  “TWU has been a loyal supporter throughout my career.”

Espaillat decried the fact that fewer and fewer federal dollars are arriving from Washington to underwrite important transportation initiatives.  “In Washington I am going to be a fighter for TWU Local 100 members.  I am going to be a fighter to bring federal money to complete the 2nd Avenue subway and the other transit mega projects.” Espaillat said that he believes Local 100 could make the difference in what will be a hotly contested Democratic primary.  He has fallen short in the last two primaries to wrest the seat from Rep. Rangel.  But, Espaillat reminded reporters, Rep. Rangel is not running this time.

"It is an open seat.”

Liberty Lines Remembers Barrington Garvey

Brother Barrington Garvey, 46 – a bus operator killed in a traffic accident while returning home from picket duty during the 2005 Liberty Lines strike - was remembered Wednesday at a memorial in Yonkers. 

Rabbi Harry Berkowitz, chief MTA Chaplain, said a brief prayer, and co-workers spoke fondly of Barrington, whose stern exterior contrasted with lighter aspects of his personality. “He was a prankster,” one co-worker said. “He loved to make people laugh,” Chris Garvey, one of Barrington Garvey’s sons, said.

Local 100 Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux and Private Operations Division Chairman Bill Mooney attended the ceremony at the Liberty Lines depot on Saw Mill River Road in Westchester County, along with more than two dozen Bus Operators. Several staffers from Local 100 Headquarters in downtown Brooklyn also attended, including Shannon Poland, assistant to Local 100 President John Samuelsen.

Garvey died April 16, 2015 when his motorcycle struck a car that had suddenly stopped on a highway in Westchester.  Garvey had just left the depot, where he walked the picket line with his Brothers and Sisters. The 2005 strike, which crippled the Liberty Lines’ Bee-Line service, was launched to protest the company’s refusal to agree to a fair contract. It lasted seven weeks.

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Transit Workers Have Bernie's Back! Now, Let's Get Out the Vote for Tuesday.

Bernie Sanders is the first candidate in a generation who has stepped up and stuck his neck out for American workers. His campaign is all about advancing American workers and rebuilding the middle class.On Tuesday, April 19th, I urge you to stand up for your livelihood, stand up for American workers, and vote Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary. -- John Samuelsen, President

Attend a Debate Watch Party -- and Represent for Bernie!

TWU Local100 invites all members to a Bernie/Hillary debate watch party Thursday evening in Harlem. Here's the link on Facebook and here's the invite on Eventbrite. Let's cheer Bernie on! Brought to you by @Twulocal100PAC.

 

TWU Mourns Signal Maintainer David Rolland

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Signal Maintainer David Rolland.

Following are the arrangements for Brother Rolland:

Wake: Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the Matthews Funeral Parlor, 2508 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10314

Funeral: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10am, at the same location.

RIP, Brother.

Manlio DiPreta
Manlio DiPreta

Union Mourns Manlio DiPreta, Longtime Attorney for the TWU

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing on March 11, 2016 of Manlio DiPreta, a labor attorney who dedicated his career to defending transit workers and helping to negotiate scores of contracts covering TWU members.  He died after a long battle with cancer at age 58.

Manlio began his career with the firm O’Donnell and Schwartz, which had served as general counsel to both Local 100 and the International Union since the union’s founding.  He was particularly instrumental in the negotiation of three contracts with the MTA in the 90’s.

At the time of his passing, Manlio was part of the firm, Pitta Giblin, LLP and had been representing the Local in negotiations with GCS, the Access-a-Ride call center for the MTA. Manlio is survived by his wife, Laurie, five children, his mother and six brothers and sisters.

Arrangements are as follows: Tuesday, March 15, 2016: 2:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm at Fairchild Sons, Inc. on 1570 Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, New York 11030.

TWU's Legislative Conference Features Discussion with Sen. Schumer

Local 100's leadership was part of the TWU of America's Political and Legislative COPE Conference in Washington this week, where they met with the Senate's most powerful Democrat, NY's Chuck Schumer. In December, Schumer guided the $305 billion federal transportation bill through the legislature. It included more than $16 billion for bridges, highways and transit systems around the New York State. Schumer said the bill prevented drastic cuts that would have reduced investments in state infrastructure.

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