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Utano Calls for More Enforcement, Deterrence in Wake of Spitting Incidents

* A No. 6 Line Train Conductor was spat upon shortly after 11 a.m. Monday at the East 149thSt. station in the Bronx.
* A No. 3 Line Train Conductor line was spat upon at approximately 5:10 p.m. Monday at the Borough Hall station in Brooklyn.
* A No. 6 Line Train Conductor was spat upon at approximately 6:50 p.m. Monday at the Brooklyn Bridge station.
TWU LOCAL 100 President Tony Utano issued the following statement:

“This is disgusting, vile behavior and we are sick and tired of it. The MTA and the city have to do everything in their power to stop it.  We want to see people arrested and charged. Put more cameras in the system. Put more cops on the platforms.  Give the whole damn city a civics lesson. Do whatever you have to do.  Where is the outrage? Riders should be as angry as we are. Management should be as angry as we are. Elected officials should be angry. This is despicable. We’re trying to get people where they need to go and then someone spits on us? That’s a horrific experience for our members and delays service for riders. If you see someone assault a transit worker, take a photo with your phone. Put it on social media. Call them out. We need enforcement. We need deterrence. And we need - and deserve - respect from riders, managers and elected officials for moving 7 million people a day.”
The female conductor who was victimized at the Borough Hall station said she was assisting a wheelchair user when a man standing on the platform walked up to her window as if to ask a question.  “I said, ‘Give me a second,’ as I was trying to talk to the person in the wheelchair,’ and he just spit on me.’

The wheelchair rider was having difficulty boarding the train because the platform and floor of the train were not level, the Conductor said. She was directing the wheelchair user to try another door where the platform and train floor were more level when the man spit in her face. She is 37 years old and has been on the job about 5 years.
The conductor spat upon at the Brooklyn Bridge station said he was observing the platform to ensure riders were clear of the departing train when a man standing beneath a stairwell spat on him for no reason.

UPDATE: Arrangements Announced for Stations Division Vice Chair Jose Torres

Local 100 is sad to report that Stations Division’s beloved Vice Chair for Supply Logistics, Jose Torres, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack July 15. He was only 56 years old.

Stations Vice President Lynwood Whichard broke the heartbreaking news to staff and fellow officers this morning, calling Jose a “champion” for the cause of labor, adding that he is “too devastated to talk right now.”

Local 100 President Tony Utano expressed his heartfelt sympathy to Jose’s family, friends and colleagues saying:

“This is a very sad day at Local 100. Jose was a wonderful person who fought hard for his members while always maintaining a high degree of professionalism and good will. Everyone at the union hall liked him and respected him. He will be deeply missed. I know that we, as his brothers and sisters, will stand strong for his wife, Maritza, and the rest of his family during this trying time.”


Saturday July 20, 2019 - 4:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday July 21, 2019 - 3:00pm-9:00pm
at RG Ortiz Funeral Home, 2121 Westchester Ave., Bronx, NY 10462 

Monday July 22, 2019 - 9:00am
(meet at funeral home)


TWU Mourns Joseph Costello, Light Maintainer

The TWU family is mourning the passing of Joseph Costello, a retired Light Maintainer, a union brother and friend. There will be a viewing on Saturday, June 8th from 3pm to 7pm at the Gundrum Service Home for Funerals, 237 Bordentown Avenue, in South Amboy, NJ 08879. Brother Costello will be dearly missed -- John V. Chiarello, Vice President, Maintenance of Way Dept.

Assaulted Conductor Denaul Jenkins
Assaulted Conductor Denaul Jenkins

Come to the Bronx Courthouse Tomorrow -- Friday -- and Wear Your TWU Local 100 Colors

Walter Rivera, the man charged with stabbing and seriously wounding Conductor Denaul Jenkins, is scheduled to be in court tomorrow as prosecutors move forward with their case against him. A presence by TWU Local 100 will show the judge and prosecutors that transit workers want justice for their injured union brother.
The case is currently before Judge Lorenzo  (SCA Part). It is expected to be called in the morning but authorities do not provide exact times for such proceedings. The courthouse opens to the public at 9 a.m. and is located at 265 East 161stSt. 
Jenkins was stabbed Easter Sunday while waiting for his train at the 149 St/Grand Concourse station East Sunday.

Funeral for ATU's Larry Hanley Tomorrow on Staten Island; Memorial Planned for June

MAY 13 -- A funeral service for Amalgamated Transportation Union International President Larry Hanley, former President of ATU Local 726, will be held tomorrow, May 14th, at 10 AM at Our Lady of Pity Church at 1616 Richmond Avenue, on Staten Island, the ATU announced today. The ATU has asked that all of their members pause at that time for a moment of silence to honor him. There will be a memorial service at ATU headquarters at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD, on Monday, June 24, which would have been Brother Hanley's 63rd birthday.

Utano Blasts Chairman Foye for Using MTA Cops to Treat Workers Like Criminals

MAY 8 -- Responding to a report tonight in the New York Daily News that the MTA plans to use police to monitor the overtime of transit workers, Local 100 President Tony Utano said: "Criminals are attacking transit workers everyday. Our members are getting spit at, punched, and even stabbed. And Chairman Foye is calling the cops on us instead of deploying cops to protect us. It's disgusting. It's shameful. It's outrageous." He continued: "Chairman Foye wants to treat transit workers like criminals in prison instead of like working men and women. Transit workers don't set work schedules or determine overtime levels. Management does. Call the cops on Foye, not us." You can read the Daily News story, in which TWU International President John Samuelsen is also quoted, here.


Union Mourns Larry Hanley, 62, ATU International President

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of ATU International President Larry Hanley, 62, who came up through the ranks as a Bus Operator in Brooklyn and on Staten Island, eventually becoming President of ATU Local 726 on Staten Island and moving on to international leadership from there. We send our condolences to his family and friends, and to all of our friends and colleagues at ATU.

TWU Mourns with Brother Anthony Griffith on Loss of His Brother and Daughter

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The brother and daughter of Bus Operator Anthony Griffith of the Grand Avenue Depot died just 9 days apart, a heartbreaking loss for the Griffith family.
Griffith’s brother, Fred Royan Braithwaite, Jr. who served in the U.S. military and was a Police Officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands, passed away on April 9, 2019.  Then just nine days later, Griffith’s daughter, Janiece Griffith, died at the age of 26.
Arrangements for Janiece Griffith are as follows: Viewing and Funeral Service on May 6, 2019. The Viewing will take place at 9 AM, with the Service at 10 AMl, at Granbys Funeral Home, 4021 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466.

Joseph Robertson, Retired TO, Is Mourned

Local 100 mourns the passing of retired Train Operator Joseph Robertson, an active member of the TWU Local 100 Retirees Association.  He served his country in the United States Air Force.  Prior to his retirement, Brother Robertson received an award for exemplary service to the City of New York.  He died on April 19, 2019. Brother Robertson is survived by his wife, Juliette, sons, Kenneth and Eric, daughter, Nicole, son-in-law Darrin Scruggs (retired NYPD), and eight grandchildren.

Arrangements are as follows: There will be a Viewing on May 2, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, and a Final Viewing on May 3, 2019 from 9:00am-10:00am. A Homegoing Service will take place from St. Albans Congregational Church, 172-17 Linden Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11434.

Union Mourns Shop Steward Michael Opperisano, 65

Electronic Equipment Maintainer Michael Opperisano, who was a dedicated Shop Steward at the East New York Electronics Shop, passed away of cardiac-related causes last week. He leaves two sons, Anthony and Joseph. He began his career at the Transit Authority in 2005. His son Joseph called his father “the hardest working man I’ve ever known,” and recalled that “he stood up for the guys at work. He wouldn’t let anything slide with management. He loved his job.”

Executive Board Member Mario Galvet, who worked at the same shop and who left Opperisano in charge when he assumed his duties on the union’s Executive Board, said the EEM “took his job very seriously. He’s someone who safeguarded the contractual rights of the members at his work location.”

There will be a viewing for Brother Opperisano on Good Friday, April 19th, from 2 to 9 PM at the Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home at 4123 Fourth avenue, Brooklyn NY 11232.

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