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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

Happy Thanksgiving to All TWU Local 100 Members!

NOVEMBER 25 -- Local 100 President John Samuelsen issued the following Thanksgiving greeting to TWU members:

“Brothers and Sisters.  On behalf of all the officers and staff of TWU Local 100, I want to wish you and your families all the best for a Happy Thanksgiving and a great start to the holiday season. For those of us lucky enough to be off with our families, I hope and trust it will be a wonderful, safe day for all. For those of us who will be working to keep our great City moving, and get millions of fellow New Yorkers to the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then back to their homes or other destinations, you make us all proud to be transit workers.

“Your union and the City and State of New York owe you a great debt of gratitude.”

Union Election Has 1 Week to Go -- Did You Get Your Ballot?

The TWU Local 100 election for Union officers and delegates is now underway. If you haven't yet received your ballot, you can obtain one by calling the American Arbitration Association at 800-529-5218 and requesting one. Make your vote count and exercise your union rights! You must be in good standing to vote. The deadline for requesting a duplicate ballot is 1pm on Wednesday, November 25.

Pres. Samuelsen explains the new MTA Bus agreement to rank and file at the College Point Depot in Queens
Pres. Samuelsen explains the new MTA Bus agreement to rank and file at the College Point Depot in Queens

TWU Settles MTA Bus Contract; Benefits Include Path to Pension Parity

The MTA Bus bargaining committee, headed by Local 100 President John Samuelsen, announced they had reached an agreement with the MTA to settle the unit's oustanding contract with a deal that is retroactive to January 15, 2012. Raises, in step with those won by TWU Local 100's members in TA and OA titles, will be awarded after ratification by the membership. Those raises include full retroactive pay and wage increases in every year. The Local 100 Executive Board approved the signed agreement yesterday by a vote of 35-1, and it was unanimously endorsed by the TWU MTA Bus negotiating committee under the leadership of VP John Day and Division Chair Hector Comrie. The agreement includes pension gains without any concessions, wage increases in every year, full retroactive pay and a host of benefit improvements. Of critical importance to the membership, the parties agreed that the issue of pension parity with TA and OA members will be submitted to an arbitrator, with the arbitrator taking that goal as his objective. MTA Bus includes formerly private bus companies which were absorbed into the MTA and primarily operate in Queens. For a look at the contract highlights, click here.

MOW VP Tony Utano thanks a WW2 Veteran for his service.
MOW VP Tony Utano thanks a WW2 Veteran for his service.

Thank a Veteran -- And Attend Our Celebration Tomorrow

TWU Local 100 salutes our members who served in the armed forces of the United States and salutes our military families, friends, and relatives who also served. We'd like to remind everyone that there will be a TWU Local 100 Veteran's Appreciation Day event tomorrow, Thursday, November 12th here at the Hall at 5pm. It begins at 5PM and dinner will be served! You can download our flyer here -- or just join us tomorrow.

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TWU Defends Suspended Operator in Fatal Accident

NOVEMBER 5 -- TWU Local 100 Vice President JP Patafio, representing Bus Operators throughout Brooklyn and Queens, gave an interview today to WNBC's Andrew Siff, along with co-workers of suspended Bus Operator Paul Roper, who was involved in a tragic accident on Fulton Street in Brooklyn which resulted in the death of pedestrian Carol Bell on November 3.  Patafio talked about blind spots on the bus and the stress of the job. Rank and file Bus Operators shared stories about their Union brother who they have known and worked with for 15 years. Watch the interview tonight on WNBC-TV.

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