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At Daily News Awards, Anchorwoman Liz Cho Honors Revenue Collection Agent Carlos Betancourt

Here’s the first in a series of TWU Local 100 videos showing the rank and file transit workers honored in the Daily News’s Hometown Heroes Awards. The awards ceremony took place on January 29, 2013 in star-studded breakfast event.

Transit “Hometown Heroes” Honored at Star-Studded Daily News Breakfast

January 29 -- Union members who made the City proud by saving lost children, stopping a man with a container of gasoline in a subway car, catching a baby falling from a third floor window, rescuing a customer on the tracks and other heroics great and small were honored today by a star-studded cast of prominent New Yorkers. The likes of Daily News Publisher Mort Zuckerman, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Channel 7 Eyewitness News anchor Liz Cho, Daily News Columnist Mike Lupica, Pro Football great  Carl Banks, and Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson served up tributes to 11 MTA employees, represented by TWU Local 100 and ATU Locals 726 and 1056. To honor transit workers, the Daily News put a special 16-page section in today’s paper. You can see a rotating slide show of some of the breakfast’s best moments in the upper right hand corner of our website. Each winner received a check for $1,000 from the Daily News and their moment in the sun. More on the story here.

NYCT President Tom Prendergast Responds to Local 100's Call for Reduced Speeds Entering Stations to Prevent Fatalities

NYCT President Thomas Prendergast, in a letter dated Jan. 17, 2013, has agreed with TWU's position that measures must be taken to improve public safety and prevent 12-9s, but he disagrees with our methodology.

He maintains in his letter that: "employees are expected to operate with caution and strictly adhere to NYCT rules and regulations governing compliance with the allowable speed entering a station."

TWU Local 100 stands by its call for caution entering stations, and holds that our advice to Train Operators does not contradict NYCT rules and regulations. 

Click here to see the full text of President Prendergast's letter.

Day 5 of the NYC School Bus Strike: Showing Our Support for ATU 1181

On Day 5, the TWU Local 100 MABSTOA Division Committee came out to support Local 1181 strikers on Zerega Avenue. We’re in it for the long haul – no matter how cold it gets. An injury to one is an injury to all! The solidarity demonstration was organized by OA Division 2 Chairman Frank Austin.

ABC News Reports: Local 100 Putting Safety First

ABC News reported on January 18th on the controversy between riders -- who agree with TWU Local 100 that trains should slow down to prevent needless deaths, and the MTA. If the link above doesn't work, click here.

TWU Local 100 Honors the Memory of Dr. King

The Transport Workers Union always had a special relationship with the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1961, the TWU invited Dr. King to address our Eleventh Constitutional Convention, so that delegates from all regions might hear him. His powerful speech to our delegates was reprinted last year and distributed to members of TWU Local 100 in booklet form. Here is some of what he told us on October 5, 1961

There are certain words in every academic discipline which soon become stereotypes and cliches. Every act of democratic discipline has its technical nomenclature. Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern environment. It is the word, "maladjustment." Certainly, we all want to live the well adjusted life in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities. As I come to my conclusion, I say to you, today, that there are some things in our social order toward which I am glad to be maladjusted, and I call upon you to be maladjusted.

I never intend to adjust myself to slavery and segregation. I never intend to adjust myself to religious bigotry. I never intend to become adjusted to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to become adjusted to the madness of militarism, for in a day when sputniks and explorers are dashing through outer space, and guided ballistic missiles are carving highways of death through the stratosphere, no nation can win a war. It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence. It is now either non-violence or non-existence.

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Worth a Look? Shop Steward Ben Schaeffer interests a rider in the union's "dead body" campaign
Worth a Look? Shop Steward Ben Schaeffer interests a rider in the union's "dead body" campaign

As Subway Deaths Mount, TWU Makes Our Case to Riders

TWU Local 100 members were at the 72nd Street stop on the IRT line Friday morning passing out flyers to tell riders that part of the reason for the escalating numbers of deaths on the tracks is the MTA’s policy of high speeds for trains when entering stations – and the lack of flexibility that train operators have to use caution. In 2012, 54 New Yorkers lost their lives on the tracks. Because the MTA hasn’t come up with any ideas, the union is urging our Train Operators to use caution when entering stations in the hope of saving lives. We’re also asking the riding public to sign a petition which is featured prominently on our website. The edgy flyer campaign, showing a chalk outline of a body in the subway road bed, is gaining traction in the press. Read the Daily News article here. Download the Local 100 flyers here: Black background flyer. White background flyer.

TWU Support Building for School Bus Strikers

The TWU Local 100 membership is mobilizing to support striking members of ATU Local 1181. Officers from TA Surface visited strike lines on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, in Woodhaven, Queens, on Neptune Avenue, and in East New York. The Chair of Fresh Pond depot, James Beard, pictured along with Local 100 Shop Stewards Tyrone Bennett and Keith Wilkes, brought food to strikers on Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens. From the West Farms Depot, a contingent of union members went to Lonerga Transport, just around the corner from Zerega, to show our support. At the Union Hall, Director of Organizing Charles Jenkins is working on union-wide mobilization to support our brothers and sisters in the ATU.

Here is an updated list of picket locations, to be staffed 24/7. Peak support times are 6am to 4pm:

QUEENS: Atlantic Express Co. – Ridgewood, 46-81 Metropolitan Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385: Subway – L (Jefferson St & Wyckoff Ave)
Atlantic Express Co. – Jamaica, 107-10 180th Street, Jamaica, NY 11433: Bus – Q42 (177th St & 106th Ave)
BROOKLYN: Boro Transit, 50 Snediker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207: Subway – L (Atlantic Ave)
Reliant Transportation – Greenpoint, 297 Norman Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222: Bus – B48 (Hausman St & Norman Ave)
BRONX: Lonero Transit, 2350 Hermany Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462: Subway – 6 (Castle Hill Ave)
(Office entrance on Hermany Ave., bus yard around corner on Zerega Ave.)
STATEN ISLAND: Pioneer Transportation – Staten Island, 2890 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10309: Bus – S84/S74 (Arthur Kill Rd)

TWU Local 100 supports ATU Local 1181 Drivers and Matrons

The Amalgamated Transportation Union Local 1181 began its strike Wednesday morning at bus depots throughout the city. President Samuelsen expressed TWU Local 100's full support for ATU Local 1181 and stood beside ATU Local 1181 President Mike Cordiello as he spoke before the media.

Check out Labor Press's writeup and video after the Read More link.

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Tell Your Sandy Stories

The Workforce Development Institute, in cooperation with the New York State AFL-CIO, is offering two workshops so that union members who worked during Hurricane Sandy, either preparing for the hurricane or protecting transit infrastructure, and/or who assisted in the clean-up and support of those affected by the hurricane, can tell their stories. These stories will be archived and preserved as part of the historical record of the labor movement in New York. The two workshops will take place in the UAW Conference Room, 256 West 38th Street, in Manhattan, on the 12th Floor.

Dates and Times: Wednesday, January 30 at 9AM, Noon, and 6PM. Also Wednesday, February 6, at 9AM, Noon, and 6PM. If you have questions, please call Sue Hains at 518-272-3500, ext. 105 or Sonia Ivany at 212-777-6040. For more information, click here.

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