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Tentative Contract Reached with the MTA

Wednesday, December 4 -- Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano issued the following statement this afternoon:

"I am happy to report that we have reached a negotiated settlement with the MTA that I believe the Local 100 membership will ratify in overwhelming fashion. We achieved the framework for settlement over the weekend, and after several days of intense bargaining, arrived at the tentative agreement today, Wednesday, Dec. 4.

"I am calling a meeting of the Local 100 Executive Board for tomorrow to present the MOU for discussion and approval. I wish to thank TWU members for the incredible support you provided to me and the Local 100 leadership throughout this campaign. We were truly united. We will be reporting details of the agreement as soon as the Executive Board has had an opportunity to vote on it."

New Statement on Ongoing Contract Talks

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 -- TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano issued this statement today about ongoing contract talks with the MTA: "We don't have a deal but we're going to keep talking. We're further along than we were."



WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 -- MTA Chairman Pat Foye reached out to me yesterday and asked that we go into Executive Session to try and reach agreement on a new contract. I have accepted.

The 40,000 hardworking men and women who move 8 million people a day by subway and bus deserve a fair contract.

Why Contract Talks Have Broken Down

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano issued the following report to the membership on the state of collective bargaining with the MTA.
“On Thursday Nov. 7, 2019, I issued a call for around-the-clock bargaining with the MTA in an effort to secure a fair and equitable contract for transit workers. 
“MTA Chair Pat Foye agreed to our request, and bargaining began on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. However, it quickly became clear that bargaining with Foye was a waste of time. You will recall that several months ago, the TWU Local 100 Executive Board unanimously and emphatically rejected Foye’s initial set of demands as ‘insulting.’ 
“That message apparently didn’t sink in. This time, Foye floated a new set of demands that heaped another dose of disrespect on transit workers. There is no point for further discussions at this time."
Below are links to a number of a stories in the print and TV media about the break-down in negotiations. They are essentially accurate, so I am happy to share them here.

Station Agent Richard Wheeler, Jr. Passes

Friends and colleagues in Station Department are mourning the death of Richard A. Wheeler, Jr., a Station Agent with 16 years on the job.  He was 57 years old.

Arrangements for Brother Wheeler are as follows: There will be a viewing on Friday, Nov. 22, from 9am to 12 Noon at the Williams Institutional C.M.E. Church, 2239 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., in Manhattan. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 12 Noon.

TWU Mourns CTA Tanya Jowers

TWU Local 100 members and officers mourn the untimely passing of active member Tanya Eyvette Jowers.  Sister Jowers was a CTA and had 19 years on the job.

Arrangements for the deceased are as follows: There will be a viewing on Wednesday, November 20, from 3pm to 8pm at Unity Funeral Chapels, Inc., 2352 8th Ave in Manhattan. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 21, at 10 am.

Utano Calls for Around the Clock Bargaining

Local 100 President Tony Utano has issued a call for “around the clock bargaining” with the MTA in an effort to secure a new contract for transit workers.

In a letter to MTA Chair/CEO Pat Foye, Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and the entire MTA Board, Utano said that face-to-face main table sessions with the MTA have not been constructive.

Utano insinuated that Foye has brought his Port Authority mentality to the MTA, where as its Chair, he allowed contracts to languish for years unresolved.  He noted that Foye’s successor at the PA has settled all outstanding union contracts “amiably.”

“We do not believe that you have thus far made any good faith effort to settle our contract,” Utano stated.  “As Chairman and CEO of the MTA, you must have the capacity and the willingness to negotiate a fair contract with employees. The episodic and sporadic meetings you have held thus far have been wholly superficial and counterproductive.” Utano said that he is “committed to trying to negotiate in good faith,” and he demanded that the MTA Board direct Foye “to hold intensive, closed door negotiating sessions with Local 100.”

Union Mourns Jose Mejias, Body Shop Mechanic at Liberty Lines, 62

TWU Local 100 mourns the loss of Jose Mejias, a body shop mechanic at Liberty Lines for 34 years. An employee at Liberty Lines since 1986, Brother Mejias didn't feel well at work and was diagnosed with cancer. During an emergency operation, he passed away, said Division Chair Carlos Bernabel. Bernabel added that everyone at the Valhalla Depot, where Mejias worked, was broken up about Brother Mejia's passing. He was about to retire when his condition was diagnosed. There will be a viewing on Friday, October 18, at the R.G. Ortiz Funeral Home at 524 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10455 (718)-585-5700. Brother Mejias will buried on Saturday, October 19, at 9AM at St. Raymond's Cemetery at 2600 Lafayette Avenue in the Bronx.

Union Mourns William Navarro, father of Subway Safety Director Paul Navarro

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of William Navarro, who entered into rest on October 11, 2019. He was the father of Paul Navarro, the Union's Director of Safety in Subways. He is remembered aa a beloved father, grandfather, and cousin. Mr. Navarro is reposing at the Riverdale Funeral Home at 5044 Broadway, in Riverdale. There will be a wake on Wednesday, October 16th, from 3pm to 8pm and a funeral service will be held at the Good Shepherd Church at 4967 Broadway, off Isham Street, in Inwood, on Thursday, October 17, at 10 am. Interment to follow, and will be private.

March with Our Honor Guard at the Panamanian Day Parade in Brooklyn

Union Brothers and Sisters are invited to march with our TWU/MTA Honor Guard this Saturday, October 12, at the Panamanian Day Parade in Brooklyn. We assemble at Franklin Ave and Bergen Street at 10 AM on Saturday. Let's turn out and support!

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