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Learn a lot about your health in just a few minutes.
Learn a lot about your health in just a few minutes.

Next Health Fair Set for Nov. 13th at 207th Street Yard

Coming off a very successful TWU/MTA health fair at Stillwell, we are presenting another day of health care information, great food, give-aways and more on November 13th from 10AM to 4PM at the 207th Street Yard (3961 10th Avenue, at Isham). This is about your long-term health needs and about how to live a healthy life-style that will keep you on the job longer and add to your strength, vitality, and safety. The programs include awareness seminars, screenings, how-to classes on health cooking and eating, along with free neck massage, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, vision, oral cancer checks, and much more. Stop by -- 15 minutes could save your life! Download the flyer here.

GCS Worker Esther Mota Speaks Truth to Power at the MTA Board Meeting
GCS Worker Esther Mota Speaks Truth to Power at the MTA Board Meeting

MTA Board Member: I'd Vote to Terminate GCS Contract

BY PETE DONOHUE

OCTOBER 28 -- An irate MTA board member came out swinging Wednesday on behalf of Local 100 members suffering under draconian management and conditions at the Access-A-Ride call center in Queens.

Board member Charles Moerdler said he was poised to introduce a motion ending the MTA’s contract with Global Contact Services, or GCS.

“I’ve heard enough today to demonstrate to my view there is no good faith on part of this vendor,” Moerdler said at the board’s monthly meeting in Lower Manhattan. “The pay situation is illegal if it is as represented [by workers]. The working conditions are intolerable.”

Moerdler made his comments after about a dozen TWU Local 100 members and organizers, including Dylan Valle, testified about their experiences with the South Carolina-based GCS - including being bitten by bedbugs, getting fired for supporting the union and receiving wages lower than promised.

“We will fight this out until the end,” Local 100 President John Samuelsen said. “We will defend these workers with all resources available to us.”

The workers’ appearance at the meeting was the latest move in a Local 100 campaign to improve working conditions and pay for the approximately 600 Access-A-Ride Call Center workers.

Agitation by Local 100 prompted MTA Inspector General Barry Kluger and MTA Auditor General Michael Mike Fucilli to launch a review of GCS operations, its contract, and the workers’ complaints. That review began in September, MTA board Chairman Tom Prendergast said at the Wednesday meeting.

“It’s essential that they do it right and look through everything,” Prendergast said.

Still, Prendergast made it clear he expected a report within a month or two. “We need to do it as quickly as possible and bring these matters to a head in terms of what actions we may need to take,” the chairman said.

MTA board member Mitch Pally said workers should know the board is taking their complaints seriously.

GCS staffer and Local 100 organizer Esther Mota thanked the board for their efforts.

“We greatly appreciate your attention,” Mota said. “We’re there to work. We love what we do. We just want you to help us make it easier to do our jobs, live within our city and help our community.”

Arrangements for Jamie Crisp, Brother of Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray

TWU Local 100 regrets to announce the passing of Jamie Crisp, beloved brother of Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray. A Home Going Service to celebrate his life will take place on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 4PM to 6PM at the Interboro Funeral Service at 544 Evergreen Avenue in Brooklyn. There will be a Service and Final Viewing on Monday, November 2 at the Trinity New Testament Church, at 1369 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. The Final Viewing will take place from 9AM to 11AM, and the Funeral Service will take place from 11AM to 12:30PM. Interment will take place at the Cypress Hills Ceremony at 833 Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn. Union members are invited to pay their respects.

MTA Bus Contract UPDATE: Message from TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen

On Friday, October 23, 2015 we will hold a full main table bargaining session with the MTA in an effort to achieve a contract that brings MTA Bus members parity on wages and benefits, and that once and for all addresses the inequity in the pension plan. Myself, Vice President John Day and the entire union negotiating committee will participate. Everyone on the union side of the table is committed to securing pension improvements that are not tied to concessions of any kind. I hope to be able to report a positive outcome to this crucial collective bargaining session with management. 

NY1's " In Transit" with Local 100 President John Samuelsen

From NY1's website

In Transit 10/2/15

NY1 VIDEO: The newest In Transit rounds up the week's headlines on the transit beat. [. . .] This week's guest is TWU Local 100 chief John Samuelsen, who slams Mayor de Blasio on transit funding.

Bangladeshi-American Transit Workers Enjoy a Day with Their Families

Bangladeshi Picnic

The annual Bangladeshi-American transit workers' picnic took place on Augst 19 at Heckscher State Park on Long Island, and hundreds of union members, mainly from the Stations Department, turned out. There was great food for all, and swimming at the beach. TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen and the other top leadership -- Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips, Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray,and Admin.VP Angel Giboyeaux -- were also on hand. Thanks to Executive Board Member Tareque Ahmed, who organized the event. Enjoy the photos!

NYCT Cleaner Dustn Jackson, who worked at Bleecker Street, was shot last Friday.
NYCT Cleaner Dustn Jackson, who worked at Bleecker Street, was shot last Friday.

New Arrangements for CTA Dustin Jackson

Arrangements for Brother Dustin Jackson, 37, who was murdered off duty in a senseless act of robbery and gun violence over the weekend, have been changed from our earlier post.  The correct ones are as follows: Viewing and Funeral Services: Friday, July 24, 2015, 4:00pm-9:00pm at the Caribe Funeral Home, 1922 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234. Phone: (347) 507-9278.

Local 100 Mourns Patrick Donohue

The wake for Patrick Donohue – twin brother of Pete Donohue, newest member of our Communications Staff - is at the Bordentown Home for Funerals 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. The address is 40 Crosswicks Street, Bordentown, NJ 08505. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at the Church of The Sacred Heart at 343 South Broad St. Trenton, NJ, 08608.

Pat dedicated his life to helping the less fortunate in the city of Trenton, NJ., as described in the Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-newser-bro-dedicated-life-helping-article-1.2290107

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Pat Donohue Family Fund to support family and educational expenses for Pat’s son, Patrick James, and daughter, Catherine, or one of his favorite charities (see links below).

The Pat Donohue Family Fund https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=FUL7WTM7PKMA4&lc=US&item_name=Pat%20Donohue%20Family%20Fund&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

The Greg Grant 94 Ft. Academic Sports Academy www.ggrant94ftinc.com (mailing address: P.O. Box 3432, Mercerville, NJ, 08619).

The family will be establishing another fund in the near future to support community programs and activities aimed at improving the lives and opportunities of Trenton residents in need, which was Pat’s mission and passion.

We Win! Bus Operators should not be treated as criminals before the facts are in.
We Win! Bus Operators should not be treated as criminals before the facts are in.

Vision Zero Bill Clears Senate, 54-6

JUNE 23 -- TWU Local 100 members celebrated in Albany as the union-backed bill overriding part of the City's vision zero law passed the State Senate by an overwhelming majority. Front and center in the photo is Theresa Gallagher, with two thumbs up, the first bus operator to be arrested under the vision zero law back in October of 2014. The law would prevent arrests of bus operators on the scene of accidents where they were in the "right of way" and a pedestrian was struck, as long as there is no evidence of reckless conduct on the part of the operator. The law does not prevent an arrest later when an investigation is complete. In voting for the law, legislators including Senate Sponsor Martin Dilan said that "an accident is an accident," and that professional bus drivers should not be arrested on the scene if there is no evidence of recklessness. TWU members are up in Albany lobbying the State Assembly to pass a companion bill.

Report: NYC Bus Driver's de Blasio Protest Brings Traffic to a Crawl

JUNE 16 -- The New York Post reported this morning in a copyrighted story that "angry bus drivers slowed down traffic to a crawl" in upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Aerial shots published by the paper showed buses backed up from Wadsworth Avenue, where there's a left turn onto a busy intersection, up 181st Street to the bridge over the East River into the Bronx. Bus Drivers were intent on avoiding turning onto intersections while pedestrians were crossing. Both buses and pedestrians have the right of way, but there are no dedicated turn signals on 181st street to stop pedestrians from crossing while buses are turning. TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen told the Post: "The point of today's outreach is to educate and instruct drivers how to operate under the de Blasio Administration's Right of Way [law]. They should not move their buses until the crosswalk is completely free of pedestrians." Read the entire article here.

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