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Dominican Day Parade 2013

Domincan Pride On Display! TWU Local 100 members came out last Sunday to march up Sixth Avenue to wave the Dominican flag and enjoy a day in the sun with friends and family. Enjoy our photo gallery!

Local 100 Wins Arbitration on MABSTOA Pick

Important Update

Just before the close of business today (Friday, Aug. 9, 2013), Impartial Arbitrator Richard Adelman ruled in Local 100's favor over pick procedures in MABSTOA.  As a result, the scheduled MASTOA pick will be conducted in the same manner as in the past. This is a milestone in preserving the right of our members to pick, and the ability of the union to safeguard members’ pick rights.

Members should contact their depot Chairs for more information on the status of the pick.

Our bus officers unanimously cheered Adelman's decision.

 

 

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The union bus officer corps turned out en masse for the arbitration. Among them were VP Brian Clarke (MaBSTOA), VP JP Patafio (TA Surface), and Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray. [photo: Richie Rivera]

Jim Brennan Speaks About MTA Service Restoration and Need for a "Lockbox"

Assemblyman Jim Brennan (D-Park Slope/Windsor Terrace) speaks at Wednesday’s Transit Justice rally on his bill to protect dedicated transit funding, which has passed in both houses of the legislature. The bill aims to make it politically hard for funds to be diverted from mass transit to any other purpose. The bill’s sponsor in the State Senate was Senator Marty Golden.

Samuelsen Speaks On Contract Fight and Community Partnerships

At the rally for transit justice outside MTA Headquarters on Madison Avenue, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen spoke on the value of community-union coalition building, the economic power of union members within their communities, and the unacceptable demands which the MTA is insisting on as negotiations on a new contract for transit workers continue.

CO-OP City Seniors Pack Police Pen Outside MTA Board Meeting

Three busloads of seniors from Co-Op city, along with family members, rank and file union members, and transit advocates demonstrated outside the regular monthly meeting of the MTA Board on Wednesday, July 24. Their message was simple: Your service restorations don't go far enough! Bring back the rest of the bus service you cut in 2010! Residents want the Bx 26 and Bx 28 lines back in service. The rally crowd heard from prominent politicians, including Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson, Comptroller Candidate Scott Stringer, and Manhattan Borough President Candidate Robert Jackson, all of have been endorsed by TWU Local 100. They also heard from co-op city's own Helen Atkins, President of the Board of Directors of Riverbay Corp. Others in attendance included Vinny Alvarez, President of the Central Labor Council, and City Council Candidates Yetta Kurland, and Inez Barron, among many others. TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen addressed the crowd, talking on the issue of Local 100's contract fight and our determination not to give in to concessionary demands from the MTA.

Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray expresses her "deep sadness" at the unfairness of today's court hearing to Daily News reporter Pete Donohue
Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray expresses her "deep sadness" at the unfairness of today's court hearing to Daily News reporter Pete Donohue

Justice Not Served

On July 16, 2012, Bus Operator Jose Rondon was attacked while discharging passengers on his Bx10 Bus at 231st Street and Broadway just after noon. One year and one week later, his assailant, Fernando Lopez, 30, received five years’ probation at the hands of Bronx County Supreme Court Judge John Carter. Union members, who had expected jail time for Lopez, reacted with disgust. Lopez came into court with his mother, leaning on a crutch because of injuries received in a recent auto accident.

OA Division 1 Chair Frank Austin, who thought that ADA Tim Lynch would be able to convince Judge Carter to hit Lopez with substantial jail time, left court immediately after the judge handed down the sentence, not stopping to talk to Lynch or even look at him. The ADA was out-lawyered by Lopez’s defense counsel, who said that a plea deal offered earlier to her client should stand. Lynch brought up Lopez’s recent arrest on a larceny charge as well as the fact that Jose Rondon was in a “specially protected class,” – MTA employees on duty and in uniform – to no avail.

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Samuelsen: Lhota a bold-faced liar
Samuelsen: Lhota a bold-faced liar

Samuelsen: Lhota a two-bit bean counter

 

Lhota, Samuelsen in War of Words Over Who Stalled Contract
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By SARAH DORSEY | 0 comments

Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen snapped back last week after former Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joseph J. Lhota questioned his willingness to negotiate a new contract and accused him of taking a “gimme, gimme, gimme” bargaining stance.

During NY1’s televised Republican mayoral debate, Mr. Lhota was asked how he could be expected to settle all the city’s unresolved labor contracts when he’d been unable to reach an agreement with the transit union. The local’s 38,000 members have been working under an expired contract since both sides agreed to negotiate past the Jan. 15, 2012 deadline. Pacts for the other municipal unions are also expired—in many cases for at least three years—and talks stalled over Mayor Bloomberg’s insistence the city can’t afford to pay retroactive raises.

Claims TWU Ducked Talks

“The TWU canceled negotiating meetings 19 separate times” during his tenure, Mr. Lhota said, noting that there is still no contract six months after he quit to run for Mayor. Former New York City Transit head Thomas Prendergast was nominated as his successor shortly after, but wasn’t confirmed by the State Senate until late June. Talks are reportedly due to resume shortly.

 

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Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley Speaks in Favor of Laws Requiring the MTA Protect Bus Drivers

Brooklyn Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley is carrying a crucial bill for New York City bus drivers. It would mandate the rapid installation of protective partitions on all buses.

Free Tickets? We've Got 'em!

TWU Local 100 has a number of free tickets to the Brooklyn Cyclones vs. State College game on Friday, August 9th. Game time is 7pm. The Cyclones play at MCU Park at Coney Island (the site of Local 100 Family Day.) Local 100 members can get five free tickets each -- first come, first served! To get your tix, call Special Projects at the Union Hall at 212-873-6000 ext. 2026 or 2157. Parking is not included in this offer. See you there!

Still in Bad Standing? An Easy Way to Catch Up.

TWU Local 100 members who are in dues arrears now have a simple and relatively painless way to restore good standing membership. On filling out a form which is now being carried into the field by union representatives and your elected officers, the MTA will begin double dues deductions each check until you are paid off. A member signature, pass number, and social security number validates the form, which is being printed on heavy stock by the Local 100 printing and mailing department. It is also available here on our website. Restoring your good standing membership is especially important now, as we hold the line against contract concessions and demand our retroactive pay from January of 2012 until the date we settle the next contract. Taking a stand in the street, on the airwaves, and in court costs money: that’s why it’s so important for every member in bad standing to get right with the union today. And now it’s easy. Double up and pay it off!

Call the union hall at 212-873-6000, extension 2083, to find out how much you owe if you don’t already know. Then fill out, sign the form, and return it in to the union hall, either by mail or in a sealed envelope to your rep or officer.

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