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President Samuelsen Talks With a Bus Operator at the Barclays Center
President Samuelsen Talks With a Bus Operator at the Barclays Center

Pay Discrepancies: Update on Pay for Height of Hurricane

We have been informed by senior management at the TA, OA and MTA Bus that, due to the disruption caused by the hurricane, paychecks issued this week may have discrepancies.  The Union maintains its position that people who were told to stay home or were unable to get into work on Monday and Tuesday last week will be paid for those days.  However, the pay might not be in this week’s check.  If it is not, adjustments will be made to the checks issued on 11/21.

Also, not all of the overtime worked last week was entered into the computers by the close of the pay period.  Those hours will also be paid through adjustments in the next pay period. Please keep a record of all the hours you worked.  TWU members worked long hours restoring service and we intend to make sure everyone is properly paid. If you are not paid properly this week or in the check issued on 11/21, contact your Union division officers.

Were You Hurt by the Hurricane?

TWU Local 100 has set up an online survey to document  any damage/injury suffered by members in Hurricane Sandy. All union members who were affected by the storm are encouraged to fill out the form to let TWU Local 100 know how we can help.

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Samuelsen with Lhota and Dan Casella
Samuelsen with Lhota and Dan Casella

At Barclays Center, President Samuelsen Meets with Bus Ops, Management

NOVEMBER 2 -- Barclays Center is the staging area for tens of thousands of commuters who are depending on our bus service to ride into Manhattan with subways down below 34th Street. This morning, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen met with Bus Operators from all Divisions, including MTA Bus, TA Surface Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens. Also on hand was ATU Local 726 President Danny Casella. Operators have been dealing with unprecedented crowding and traffic tie-ups. Local 100 pressed for adequate relief facilities and lunch breaks. We insisted on adequate barriers for crowd control and cones for dedicated bus lanes. As a result, service was significantly improved on Friday.  Kudos to our Bus Operators who are turning a chaotic situation into a manageable commute.

In Labor/Management Cooperation, Transit Employees Can Purchase Gas at Select Bus Depots

Local 100 and NYCT have agreed that, because of the acute fuel shortage in the New York metropolitan region, and the pressing need for transit workers to get to work, that select bus depots will dispense up to five gallons of gasoline to credentialed transit employees. Local 100 is trying to get the limit raised to ten gallons. The depots include Kingsbridge, Casey Stengel, LaGuardia, Baisley Park, JFK, Eastchester, Fresh Pond, East New York, and Castleton. Read the memo from NYCT Executive Vice President Thomas Del Sorbo here.

Your Transit Pass Will Get You Through HOV Checkpoints

Your union quickly addressed a situation with the Police Department regarding some transit workers not being allowed past HOV checkpoints on their way to work.  Local 100 Secretary Treasurer Earl Phillips said that, thanks to union action, all Police check points are now aware of the policy to allow transit workers access to these essential jobs.  When approaching a checkpoint, said Phillips, have your Pass ready, and you will be sent through without issue.

Several Bus Operators, who were blocked by cops at HOV checkpoints, notified the union of the problem last evening.  An immediate call from President John Samuelsen to NYCT President Tom Prendergast speedily resolved what could have become a major problem.

Update to TWU Local 100 Members on Transit After Sandy from President John Samuelsen

In the last two days since the storm subsided eight million New Yorkers have had the most graphic demonstration possible of what our City looks like without bus and subway service. Hundreds of thousands of cars streamed in. Manhattan became a parking lot as untold numbers of New Yorkers endured unprecedented traffic hell. Going one city block often took as much as 15 minutes.

Managers and politicians talk a lot about how much it costs to pay civil servants and cover our pensions. But in the last few days, there weren’t enough cops, firefighters, traffic agents – or transit workers – to stop looting, guard intersections, drive buses, or pump out flooded stations. When an emergency like this strikes, there are far too few of us. Now no one can dispute this.
Today, thanks to your work, buses are back at full service levels while service on some subway lines has returned in two sections, cut off by the continued blackout in Lower Manhattan and the conditions in the East River tubes. Before service was restored, MOW crews checked every signal, every power hook-up and every inch of track on those lines. At this point, three of the tubes have been completely cleared of water and clearing the others is well underway.
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NYC Transit Copes with Massive Flooding, Threats to Public Safety

Hurricane Sandy is the most devastating natural disaster to hit New York City in 74 years, since the hurricane of 1938 killed ten and knocked out much of the City's mass transit system. Then, as now, members of TWU Local 100 stepped up to the challenge, coping with flooded train stations and tubes, shorted electrical components, and massive devastation caused by wind and rain. Whereas the hurricane of 1938 knocked out power in all areas above 59th Street and in the Bronx, Sandy did the opposite -- crippling Manhattan below midtown and much of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten island. A large majority of TWU Local 100 members reported to bus depots, where they are preparing to restore bus service and supplement the crippled subway system. Men and women from power, hydraulics, track, and signals are on the job assessing the damage to the subways. We will keep our members and the public updated as the recovery from this devastating storm continues.

Message to TWU Local 100 Members on Hurricane Sandy from President John Samuelsen

Transit workers make the difficult look easy every day.  But the enormous challenges we now face in getting New York’s lifeline back to normal will certainly test our mettle one more time.

We all hope and pray that you and your family are safe, and that your homes came through the storm without damage.  My own home and community in southern Brooklyn are devastated by flooding and severe water damage.

This morning, vast parts of our transit system including tunnels, depots and yards remain partially submerged.

I have been in regular touch with transit management, which has expressed their gratitude for the amazing job you have already accomplished.

In the hours and days ahead, transit workers will once again demonstrate to the entire City of New York the level of professionalism and determination that enables you all to make the impossible seem routine.

We recognize that many of you may not be able to report to work, and we stand ready to address these issues in the days the ahead.  Check the union website, Facebook and Twitter for alerts, reminders, etc.

Stay safe, stand strong.  We will get through this latest challenge together.  

Getting ready for the storm

System to commence shutdown 7pm Sunday in advance of Sandy

The Governor has directed the MTA to proceed with an orderly shutdown of the system beginning at 7pm Sunday for subway and 9pm for bus.
Many members have already been putting in long hours preparing for this storm and others may be called upon to do so.
Our watchword is safety. Work safely. Watch out for the safety of your fellow transit workers and our riders.
In the event that conditions in the system make it impossible for you to report to your usual location during the storm, report to another location, swipe in and notify a manager. If that is not possible, call in.

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