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Track Worker Killed on the Job

Brothers and Sisters,

There was a terrible tragedy and one of our Brothers was killed on the job early this morning. He apparently fell and struck his head in a tunnel south of the 125th Street Station on the Lexington Avenue line.

A full investigation has begun to determine exactly how this happened. TWU Local 100 extends our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and we will help them any way we can.

--- Tony Utano, President, TWU Local 100

Gov. Cuomo Offers Condolences

Responding to the line-of-duty death this morning of Trackworker St. Clair Richards-Stephens, Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted: “I am deeply saddened by the news of the New York City transit worker who lost his life this morning.  On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my sympathies to his family and loved ones.”

This Thursday: It's Irish Night at the Union Hall

Come to your union’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration of TWU founder Mike Quill and James Connolly, Irish labor leader, patriot, martyr, and founder of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, with Food and Entertainment! The annual event is this Thursday, March 15th, from 5pm to 8pm at the Union Hall, 195 Montague Street in downtown Brooklyn.

Hear from TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano, and special guest TWU International President John Samuelsen. There will also be entertainment by "The Murphy Beds" band and Irish Step Dancing! We will serve traditional Irish fare, as befits the occasion! See you there. Good standing only!

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 2018, 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.

Support the West Virginia Teachers in their Historic Strike

Brothers and Sisters,

The state-wide WVA teachers' strike is now in its second week. Under WVA law, the union has no mandatory dues and no formal right to collectively bargain, but the teachers' are demonstrating state-wide solidarity.

This is the most important public employee strike in America right now, and it's about health care benefits. The West Virginia State Legislature has failed to fully fund the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA), so teachers in West Virginia have seen their premiums and deductibles skyrocket.

And West Virginia doesn't recognize the right of public employees to bargain collectively. When they walked out, these workers opened themselves up to great risk for themselves and their families. As fellow public employees, their fight is our fight. Help the teachers stay out on the picket line and survive.

If you'd like to contribute to the West Virginia teachers' strike fund, click here to their Go Fund Me direct-contribution page.

Fraternally,

Tony Utano, President

On Saturday, February 24, We Assemble in Foley Square at Worth & Lafayette

IB ImageUnions are joining in a national Day of Action to assert our power in the face of an expected Supreme Court decision that takes direct aim at public sector unions like our own. Come out with your union on Saturday at 10:45 AM to hear more about the Janus case and assert the right to come together in strong unions. We meet at Worth & Lafayette in lower Manhattan. Because this means equitable pay, affordable health care, quality schools, and secure future. Download the flyer here.

President Utano Offers New Year’s Greeting to Membership

Local 100 President Tony Utano is using 1010 WINS make sure all of New York knows the sacrifices transit workers make throughout the year to provide safe, reliable transit service to the City’s 8 million daily riders. Here is the 30-second commercial running on WINS until Friday January 5, 2017.

Your Medical Opt-Out Payment Can Be Rolled Over into Your Deferred Comp

This is a reminder that eligible TWU Local 100 Members now have the ability to roll-over their Medical Opt-Out annual payment into a MTA deferred compensation program such as the 401K/457.  Click here for more information. This must be done prior to November 30, 2017 as this will be the last day to do so.

TWU Mourns TEMM Julia Roman

Local 100 members and officers from the Line Equipment/Signals division are saddened to hear of the death of Sister Julia Roman, a TEMM-Elevator and Escalator, with 15 years on the job.  She died from complications associated with the birth of her twin daughters.  Arrangements for Sister Roman are as follows:

Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave in Dumont NJ 07628. Phone: 201-384-0013. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, Nov 21st, from 4:00pm-8:00pm

The burial will take place Wednesday,  November 22 at 10 a.m. at the George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Rd, Paramus NJ 07652

Her brother-in-law has set up a gofundme.com page to help Sister Roman’s widowed husband and their three daughters. Please give: http://www.gofundme.com/victoria-grace-isabella

President Utano Calls for Subway Safety Summit with NYPD

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 -- Local 100 President Tony Utano on Wednesday called for a subway safety summit with NYPD brass to discuss the homeless, inebriated riders and other problems faced by our members. Utano also urged the NYPD to position officers at all terminal stations, where crews must ensure every rider has exited the train.

    “That will ensure that an officer is nearby when a passenger refuses to get off or is incapacitated,” Utano said. “It would shorten police response times, reduce delays in train service, and better safeguard our crews from assaults.”

    Utano invited NYPD Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox to bring Transit District commanders and other top officers to a meeting that would focus on the safety and security of Train Operators, Conductors, Cleaners, State Agents and other titles. The idea is for union officers to convey the concerns and describe the problems workers are encountering with the surge in the homeless population and continued threat posed by riders who are drunk, crazy or flat-out criminal, Utano said. Both sides would be able to exchange ideas and share information towards making the subway safer for the membership, Utano said. The NYPD has not made a formal reply to the meeting request or staffing suggestion.

    The issue of homeless in the subway came into the media’s focus again last month after the NY Post published a photograph (above) of a homeless man sleeping underneath a seat on a No. 3 train while oblivious riders sat above him. It’s no laughing matter, as Crystal Young, Chair of the Conductor/Tower Division, recently told the Post. "When you wake somebody up, you don’t know what state they are going to be in,” Young said. “Sometimes people (transit workers) are attacked. Sometimes they are spit on.”

    The media also recently reported extensively about a video showing a Train Operator pulling an apparently drunken man through a train car towards the door. The Operator has been taken off active duty but not suspended. Local 100 will “vigorously” defend the Operator if he is subject to disciplinary action,” Utano vowed.

President Utano Interviewed on News 12 Brooklyn: The Reasons to Vote No

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