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International President Samuelsen, at Quill Connolly Day, Salutes the Union's Irish Roots

Gov. Hochul Highlights Quill Connolly Day at the Hall

MARCH 15 -- New York State Governor Kathy Hochul showed respect and support for transit workers by attending the Union's annual Quill Connolly Day at the Union Hall on Tuesday night. Speaking before an audience that included TWU International President John Samuelsen, Local 100 President Tony Utano, Union Vice Presidents, other honored guests and rank and file union members, Hochul called transit workers "the front line workers of the front line workers," noting that without our work, thousands of essential workers would not have been able to get to their posts during the darkest days of the pandemic. The Governor was introduced by President Utano, who called her "one of us" noting that she was raised in a working class, union household. Also in attendance were the Presidents of TWU Locals 101 and 1400. The evening's honoree was TWU Local 100 Director of Organizing Frank McCann.

NYCT Has Wellness App, free Nutritional, Health, Meditation Videos

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NYCT is offering every member who works for the Authority free access to wellness videos via an app called Grokker, which you can access by snapping the QR code in the display at left. To read the write-up of all the wellness guidance from Grokker, just click on the image to download the PDF. The union supports wellness initiatives that will help the members achieve healthier lifestyles.

 

Women's History Celebration 2022


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Join us in celebrating Women's History Month — Honoring Strength Through Adversity

Thursday, March 24th
4-9pm

Click here to download flyer and register.

President Utano's Statement on Women's History Month

IB ImageGreetings to my TWU Local 100 Sisters!

TWU Local 100 proudly celebrates Women's History Month.  The month of March has been designated Women’s History Month because of International Women's Day, which falls on March 8 every year.

The movement began in 1908 when thousands of women rallied in New York City for better working conditions and the right to vote.  

In 1909, the first International Women’s Day was sponsored by the Socialist Party with a huge gathering of suffragists and women rights groups. The big breakthrough for women’s suffrage came on August 18, 1920, when women finally won the right to vote.

Here at Local 100, we have been trail-blazers for women's equality, with Union Sisters breaking down barriers to excel in job titles formerly reserved for men.  

TWU rallied in the streets in 1941 to demand equal pay for equal work for women token booth clerks, possibly the first equal pay rally in history.

Currently, two women, Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp and CED Vice President Shirley Martin, are among the top 11 union-wide officers.

The union is placing a special ad in the Chief Newspaper this month recognizing the achievements of Local 100 women (see alongside).

Union's Black History Celebration Honors Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp; Black Leaders in Local 100

Black History Celebration 2022 NRTWU Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp was honored at the Union's annual Black History Celebration on February 28th. Also honored with a special slide presentation were TWU Local 100 African American leaders going back to our early days.

For photos of the event, click on the image of Sister Crisp accepting her award from President Utano and MABSTOA VP Richard Davis.

You can see see the presentation of our African-American leaders here.

Here are our speakers at the event:

Our Presenters -- Sherlock Bender, Chris Lightbourne, Richard Davis.

Shirley Martin, VP of Car Equipment

Our Honoree -- Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp

Remarks by President Tony Utano

Musical Performance -- April Williams

 

60 Years Ago, a Fight for Survival and the Birth of MaBSTOA

Birth of MABSTOAClick on the photo to see photos of the 1962 strike.

March 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most significant strikes in the union’s history.  More than 7,500 workers who operated the private bus lines in Manhattan and the Bronx walked off the job on March 1, 1962.  The union had struck the lines twice before – in 1941 and 1953 – over contract disputes.  But this strike was different.  This one was for survival.

A new ownership group, headed by Baltimore multi-millionaire Harry Weinberg had purchased Fifth Avenue Coach and Surface Transit private bus lines.  Weinberg had made a name, and fortune for himself in real estate and by purchasing and flipping privately held transit companies.  

Weinberg announced a reorganization plan that included layoffs of up to 1,500 workers, elimination of most night and weekend service and a halt to pension payments.  His attorney was the nefarious Roy Cohn, who had made a name for himself as Chief Counsel to Sen. Joe McCarthy during the infamous communist witch hunt hearings in 1953.

TWU retaliated by setting a strike deadline of 4:30 P.M. on March 2, 1962 to combat Weinberg’s “drastic attack on job security, seniority, pensions, working conditions, health and welfare plans and other contract benefits.”

TWU International President Michael J. Quill told a cheering, overflow membership meeting at St. Nicholas Arena on Feb. 21, 1962: “the company’s management is not our business – ours is to protect our members. . . if this management terminates one job, we’ll strike, and we’ll ask all labor to support us.”

Then Local 100 President Daniel Gilmartin echoed Quill’s militancy, declaring, “if even one man goes, everybody goes. . . if this new management needs to learn what ‘one for all and all for one’ means in TWU, then we’ll teach them.” On March 1, 1962 Weinberg followed through on a threat to fire 29 senior workers, all just months away from a pension.  Union members didn’t wait for the strike deadline.  They immediately walked off the job.

With TWU support, the City of New York wrested control of the private lines from Weinberg.  On March 22, the strikers voted unanimously to go back to work – with all jobs and benefits intact – under a newly created subsidiary of the Transit Authority known as the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, or MABSTOA.

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano
TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano

President Utano's Statement on the War of Aggression Against Ukraine

With thousands of native-born Ukrainians and Russians in the transit workforce, this catastrophic war of aggression that has been perpetrated by one man, Vladimir Putin, is a difficult and stressful time for our Local 100 family.

I have personally met many Ukrainian and Russian brothers and sisters on the job, and I know that you are friends, not enemies.

As President of Local 100, I pray for the safety of your families back home, and I salute the incredible bravery of the citizen-soldiers who have taken up arms to defend their country.  

In the interest of humanity, I hope for an immediate cease fire that will end the tragic loss of so many innocent lives, and the wanton destruction of Ukraine’s infrastructure.

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters. We are all transit workers and members of our great Local 100 family; and we are what makes America strong.

Pre-Retirement Webinar set for March 25

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Utano Stands with Mayor to Support his Safety Plan

 

 

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18 -- TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano endorsed Mayor Adams’ Subway Safety Plan, which includes a renewed focus on enforcing Transit Rules of Conduct, reducing the homeless population in the subway – and partnering with Local 100.

The plan, crafted in part with input from Local 100, calls for “a new and ongoing engagement with transit workers” to make the system safer for both riders and workers. There will be a Safety Summit, for example, with the union, the NYPD, and the MTA to further advance the goal of improving the subway environment. Local 100 also has been given a seat on the “Enhanced Outreach Taskforce,” which will meet weekly and have representatives from 12 NYC agencies and the MTA.

Utano and his chief of staff, MaBSTOA Vice President Richie Davis, stood with Governor Hochul, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, Deputy Mayor Anne Williams Isom, and MTA Chairman Janno Lieber as Mayor Adams addressed at least three dozen members of the media for the announcement at the Fulton Transit Center.

Utano praised both Adams and Hochul, who pledged more funding for psychiatric hospital beds and other support, for “recognizing subway riders and workers do not feel safe enough riding the system and working in the system. They are not burying their heads in the sand and pretending everything is wonderful.”

President Utano also made an emotional reference to Train Operator Garrett Goble when talking about the need to enforce the shopping cart ban in the system. Goble was fatally overcome by smoke when an unhinged individual set fire to a shopping cart on his train in Harlem in March 2020. The senseless act stole Goble away from his wife and two sons, one just an infant at the time of the crime, Utano said.

These shopping carts are a big issue,” Utano said. “This is very important to TWU.”

TWU Local 100 already has raised the subject of Bus Operator safety with the Adams’ administration and will be discussing next steps in the near future.

Here is the section of the Subway Plan focusing on transit workers:

New and ongoing engagement of transit workers.

As all levels of government work together to make our subways safe, our transit workers on the ground – including train operators, conductors, dispatchers, and station agents – must have a critical voice in the conversation. These workers are essential to the success of our subway system and our city, and we must prioritize their safety as well as the safety of the riders who enter our stations.

They often see trouble, or the potential for trouble, before law enforcement – and will alert authorities from their train operator and conductor cabs, station agent booths, and platform posts. In coordination with the MTA and TWU Local 100, we will engage transit workers regularly, ensure they are being utilized to their fullest potential, and provide the equipment and resources they need.
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