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Irish Heritage Celebration on Thursday to Feature Mike Quill's Grandson; UK Labor Leaders

Join your Brothers and Sisters in celebrating Irish heritage, the founding of our great Union, and the legacies of TWU founder Mike Quill and Irish patriot, labor leader, and martyr James Connolly. Join us for great food, music, and speakers, including Mike Quill's grandson, Michael Quill, Mick Cash, of the RMT, Joe O'Flynn of SIPTU, and our very own International President John Samuelsen. Download the flyer here, and email us at culturalevents@twulocal100.org with your reservation, or fax back the form. There will be great entertainment featuring the Niall O'Leary Dancers, Samantha Gillogly, Violinist, and Matthew Christian, Fiddler, Piper & Violinist. Not to be missed!

International Women's Day: A Message from TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano

From the earliest days of TWU Local 100, women transit workers have played a vital role in our City's transit system and in the growth and power of our union.

TWU women and TWU men, in 1941, demonstrated in New York City demanding equal pay for equal work for women subway token clerks.  As the union grew stronger and settled contract after contract, equal pay for equal work became standard in transit, and drew more and more women to our workforce. Today, TWU Local 100 women on all our properties - from the MTA, to School Bus, to Citibike, to Big Bus and our tour bus companies, and to all our private bus operations - stand tall in support of their union and the fight for a secure future for all transit workers.

In 2019, as women across America continue to fight for pay equality and against other injustices in the workplace, let us all get the message out that a union shop is the truest path to economic and job security for women, and for all workers. So on this International Women's Day, I proudly salute our TWU Local 100 sisters.

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano Says “L” Train Situation Needs Resolution

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano issued the following statement to the media today regarding the ongoing health concerns on the “L” line.
 
“The L-train situation is completely unacceptable. The air still stinks and we are concerned about long-term exposure and the health of our members working 8-hour shifts along the line.  We have pulled workers from some locations and if the situation is not abated over the weekend we will take further action to protect the safety of our members and that of the riding public.”

TWU Co-Sponsoring Event Saturday to Honor Union Founder Mike Quill

You are invited, free of charge, to an event on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Kerry Hall in Yonkers to honor the legacy of TWU Founder and proud Kerryman, Michael J. Quill. The union is co-sponsoring the event with the Kerrymen’s Patriotic & Benevolent Association, and The United Irish Counties Association.

Special guests will include Mike Quill’s grandson, Michael and granddaughter, Lydia, as well as TWU International President John Samuelsen, Local 100 President Tony Utano and prominent members of the Kerrymen’s and United Irish Counties organizations. Light food will be served (cash bar). 

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm (official program begins at 3:00pm)
Where: Kerry Hall, 305 McLean Avenue (street parking only) in Yonkers, NY

For Further Information call: 914-964-2100

ENY Members Mourn Kurt Julian

Members and officers at East New York Depot are mourning the unexpected passing of Kurt Julian.  He was 41 years old.  He had worked as a Light Maintainer in TAS Maintenance P&E for the past year. 
 
Jonathan Jackson, a friend and co-worker, said: “Kurt’s tenure on the job was short, but his bright smile and warm personality was everlasting.  Kurt was a master of this trade and performed his work with dignity and style.  A true gentleman, there will be a void in the hearts of the East New York P&E Department for a long time.”
 
Brother Julian is survived by his wife of 20 years, an 11-year old son and a daughter, 10.
 
Arrangements are as follows:
Viewing – 2:00pm-5:00pm
Service Immediately Following – 5:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Caribe Funeral Home
1922 Utica Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11234
 

Mass Membership Meeting Coming Up on January 19

Join your Brothers and Sisters at our annual Mass Membership Meeting at the Sheraton for a review of our accomplishments in 2018 and our plans to get a good contract in 2019. Good standing only! Download our flyer to register here. There will also be a health fair at the meeting for information about nutrition, exercise, and treatments to insure wellness.

Happy Kwanzaa!

The celebration of Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends on New Year’s Day. The week-long celebration honors African heritage within the African-American culture. The holiday is modeled after the African harvest festivals of Swahili matunda ya kwanza meaning first fruits. Celebratory symbols for Kwanzaa include mat or (Mkeka) on which other symbols are placed: a candle holder (Kinara), seven candles (Mishumaa Saba), crops (mazao) corn (Muhindi), a unity cup (Kikombe cha Umoja) for commemorating and giving thanks (shukrani) to ancestors, and gifts (Zawadi). We wish all of our African-American Brothers and Sisters a Happy Kwanzaa!

President Tony Utano Offers Christmas Message to TWU Local 100 Members and Families

On behalf of the leadership of TWU Local 100, I want to wish each and every TWU Local 100 member, your families and friends a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.  I also want to offer a special ‘thank you’ to the thousands of transit workers who will be on the job on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to keep New York City moving.  Our transit system is the heartbeat of the City and it is what makes New York the greatest City in the world.  However, the knowledge that our work is vital to millions of New Yorkers doesn’t make it any easier to be away from our families during this special time of the year.  Thank you all for everything that you do all year long.  You make New York a special place to live and work, and you make TWU Local 100 the strongest Local union in the country.

Union Wishes a Happy Hanukkah to Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights. This year, it is celebrated for eight days beginning on December 2. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp. The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days. Local 100 extends our best wishes for a wonderful holiday to our Jewish Brothers and Sisters on this happy occasion.

Don't Forget To Vote In Your Union Election!

Ballots in the TWU Local 100 election were mailed out November 14. To be counted, your ballot must be received by next Wednesday, December 5, by 8:30 am.

Your vote is a key piece of the right you have, as a union member, to express your view about how you want Local 100 to run over the next three years. For most of us those three years includes the negotiation of a new contract during uncertain times. For workers in MTA -related properties we face an Authority which claims to be losing money by the billions, with critics who say Transit Workers are getting paid too much!

If you have your ballot, and intend to vote, you must get it in this week. If you misplaced your ballot, or didn't receive one, call 1.800.529.5218, and the American Arbitration Association will send a new one to you immediately. If you called over the Thanksgiving weekend, and found a full voicemail please try again.

The TWU LOCAL 100 ELECTION COMMITTEE

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