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Manlio DiPreta
Manlio DiPreta

Union Mourns Manlio DiPreta, Longtime Attorney for the TWU

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing on March 11, 2016 of Manlio DiPreta, a labor attorney who dedicated his career to defending transit workers and helping to negotiate scores of contracts covering TWU members.  He died after a long battle with cancer at age 58.

Manlio began his career with the firm O’Donnell and Schwartz, which had served as general counsel to both Local 100 and the International Union since the union’s founding.  He was particularly instrumental in the negotiation of three contracts with the MTA in the 90’s.

At the time of his passing, Manlio was part of the firm, Pitta Giblin, LLP and had been representing the Local in negotiations with GCS, the Access-a-Ride call center for the MTA. Manlio is survived by his wife, Laurie, five children, his mother and six brothers and sisters.

Arrangements are as follows: Tuesday, March 15, 2016: 2:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm at Fairchild Sons, Inc. on 1570 Northern Boulevard in Manhasset, New York 11030.

TWU's Legislative Conference Features Discussion with Sen. Schumer

Local 100's leadership was part of the TWU of America's Political and Legislative COPE Conference in Washington this week, where they met with the Senate's most powerful Democrat, NY's Chuck Schumer. In December, Schumer guided the $305 billion federal transportation bill through the legislature. It included more than $16 billion for bridges, highways and transit systems around the New York State. Schumer said the bill prevented drastic cuts that would have reduced investments in state infrastructure.

Heart Health Awareness Day -- This Coming Saturday at the Union Hall

This Saturday, come to the Union Hall for up to the minute information about heart health, health risks from stroke and heart disease, and tips on healthy eating! Join us at TWU Local 100, 195 Montague Street, 4th Floor (the Training and Upgrading Fund) from 10 AM to 2 PM. Download the flyer here.

TWU Mourns Mike Smith, of Track Division

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Mike Smith, an active member and former officer in the Track Division.

Following are the arrangements for Brother Smith: The viewing will be held at the Hillebrand Funeral Home at 63-17 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, NY on Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, between 2:00pm and 5:00pm and between 7:00pm and 9:00pm. Burial will take place on Monday, Feb. 22. Rest in peace, Brother.

Dues Increase will Parallel Wage Increase

Click here for our flyer giving information on our contractual raise and the associated dues increase for TWU Local 100 members in the Transit Authority and Operating Authority. Our Constitution links dues increases to pay raises so that as members benefit, the union continues to be able to have the funds to fairly represent them.

Let's Celebrate at 3pm!

Pedicab drivers will join TWU members, friends and supporters today at 3pm at 59th Street and 7th Avenue, at Central Park, to celebrate! The City Council and the Mayor have announced that Bill 573, that would have destroyed the pedicab industry in Central Park, will not be voted on! Congratulations to all involved!

[VIDEO] On the Front Lines of the ’66 Strike

Colman O’Leary, a retired Bus Operator out of Kingsbridge, describes how he used his bus as a barricade to aid the strike. He’s clear that the strike led to both higher wages and reduced hours for the transit workers who succeeded him. Fifth in a series of videos shot at the December membership meeting commemorating Mike Quill and the January, 1966 citywide strike.

"Mike Quill, he really put it out there, what the men needed"

Peter Milano, a retired bus operator from the old Queens Surface, was 27 at the time of the 1966 strike. In an interview at the union’s December membership meeting, he reminisced about the successful fight for better wages and working conditions. The fourth in a series of videos from TWU’s ‘greatest generation.’

TWU Mourns Retired Officer Lee C. Williams

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of retired member and officer Lee C. Williams on Dec. 6, 2015 after an 8-year battle with cancer. Brother Williams had served as Chair of the East New York Depot, Division Chair for TA Surface Transportation, and Local 100 Staff Representative.  He retired in 2006.

Brother Williams was born in Harlem on July 25, 1940.  He is a graduate of City College, and served the nation in the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Desert Shield actions. Lee was a member of the Holy Name Church in Montgomery, NY and President of the Lakeside Homeowners Association. Survivors include his loving wife, Carlean Williams, who is retired from her long-time job as Communications Coordinator for the TWU International Union.

Arrangements are as follows: Visitation -- Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-9:00pm at the Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank Street, Walden, NY.

Funeral Mass -- Friday Dec. 11, 2015, at 10:00am, Holy Name of Mary Church, 89 Union St., Montgomery, NY

Messages of condolence may be sent to Mrs. Carlean Williams, 399 Angelo Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549.

Notice of Election Ballot Count

The Ballot Count

The count of the ballots returned will commence at 9:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at the American Arbitration Association office. That office is located at 120 Broadway (cellar), New York, NY 10271. The final pickup of ballots will be on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., at the Church Street Post Office at 90 Church Street (1st floor), New York, NY 10007.

--- TWU Local 100 Election Committee

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