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Union: Keep Elevators Staffed

IB ImageTransport Workers Union Local 100 is fighting MTA plans to remove elevator operators from five subway stations in Washington Heights.
    Local 100 officers and members on Monday began distributing leaflets to riders urging they call the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and demand the elevators remain staffed.
   “The MTA likes to talk about customer service but is actually planning to cut customer service,” Local 100 Vice President of Stations Derick Echevarria said. “These elevator operators provide a real sense of safety and security to riders, particularly on the overnight shifts. If anything goes wrong or looks suspicious, they are there to alert the police and stop people from panicking.”
    The MTA’s preliminary 2019 budget calls for the elimination of elevator operators at 168th St., 181stSt. and 190thSt. on the A line, and 181stSt. and 191stSt. on the No. 1 line. Each station has at least one staffed elevator around the clock in addition to unstaffed elevators. The budget will be voted on in December.
    These are unique “deep-cavern” stations. The 191st. St. is 180 feet below street level and is the deepest in the system.
    The men and women operating the elevators are cleaners on restricted duty because of injuries or medical conditions rendering them unable to do their regular cleaning duties work.
    While the MTA plans on vacating these posts in early January, the elevator operators are not being laid off. The MTA has proposed other duties for them. Local 100 also is objecting to those reassignments because they are too taxing physically for those on restricted duty.

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Photos show Local 100 reps and affected members protesting at 168th Street, CTA Wes Ventimiglia manning a staffed elevator at that station, and Stations officer Regina Herring passing out flyers to passers-by.

Arrangements Set For Retired Vice President Gil Rodriguez

Funeral arrangements have been set for Gil Rodriguez, retired Vice President from MaBSTOA, who died earlier this month of heart disease while visiting Santo Domingo. There will bea  viewing for Brother Rodriguez tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, at the Sisto Funeral Home at 3489 E Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM and from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. A funeral service will take place the folowing day, Friday, November 2, at St. Raymond Church at 1759 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx, NY 10462 at 9:45 with burial to follow.

Brother Rodriguez retired in 2002 after a long career of service to Local 100 including Depot Vice Chair of Hudson Pier, Safety Representative, Staff Representative and Vice President from 1996 until his retirement.  He also served as elected Vice President of the International Union.  He was 76 years old, and lived in Marco Island, FL at the time of his passing.

Local 100 President Tony Utano, a long-time colleague of Brother Rodriguez, said: “Gil Rodriguez devoted his entire working life to the Local 100 membership.  He fought hard at every level for his members.  He never allowed anyone to disrespect this union or a Local 100 member.  Gil enjoyed the fruits of his labor for nearly 16 years in retirement, but he remained close to the Union as part of the TWU Local 100 Retirees Association.  I would like to extend my deepest condolences to his family and many friends throughout TWU.”

Brother Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Luz, two sons, five daughters and many grandchildren. Arrangements will be posted when they become available.

TWU Mourns Light Maintainer Eugene Milanesi

The TWU family mourns Eugene Milanesi, a 29-year veteran with New York City Transit, who passed away on October 5th. MOW VP John Chiarello remembers him as a good Union member who was well liked and respected by his brothers and sisters in the division. President Utano also knew him well and we send our profound condolences to his family. A memorial service will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, October 23rd at 7pm at the Most Precious Blood Church located at 70 Bay 47th Street in Brooklyn.

Family Announces Arrangements for Leon George

The family of Brother Leon George, the beloved elder statesman of the Train Operator’s Division, has announced arrangements for the wake and funeral.  Brother George, 77, was the longest serving Train Operator in the system and carried the distinction of being #1 on the union seniority roster. He suffered a stroke on the way to work on Monday, September 10th.

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018
Guarino Funeral Home
9222 Flatlands Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11236

Services at the Funeral Home
Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Chief Edward Delatorre stands with TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano and Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips
Chief Edward Delatorre stands with TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano and Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips

NYPD Transit Bureau Heeds Utano’s Call for Increased Protection for Workers

Local 100 President Tony Utano’s aggressive push-back against assaults has scored a major win for safety on the job.

Chief Edward Delatorre, head of the NYPD’s Transit Bureau, outlined a new policing strategy at a meeting on Sept. 18, 2018 with Utano, Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips, and other union leaders that he pledged would provide increased protection for Train Crews and other transit workers in the subway system. Delatorre said that the new approach will include tighter coordination of police resources and greater interaction between Police Officers and Train Crews.

Delatorre told Utano that he wants his Officers to get to know the Train Crews through interaction with them at crew quarters and terminals. He also said that the Bureau intends to facilitate better communication between train crews and Police to help prevent potential crimes or to respond more quickly to a crime in progress. He praised Local 100 for its new anti-assault tactic of posting “Most Wanted” fliers in the subways. He said the union’s posters serve as a deterrent to those who might think of taking out their frustrations on a transit worker.

In addition to the “Most Wanted” posters, Local 100 has partnered with NYCT in pressing the union’s case against assaults through the media. The NYPD’s Transit Bureaus comprise 12 transit districts, located within or adjacent to the subway system, and overseen by three borough commands: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Bronx/Queens. The Bureau, he explained, also has a number of specialized units including three borough Task Forces, an Anti-Terrorism Unit, Citywide Vandals Task Force, Canine Unit, Special Projects Unit, and MetroCard Fraud Task Force.

The Police Captains in charge of the 12 Transit Bureau Districts also attended the meeting, which was held at 130 Livingston St. in Brooklyn. The NYPD’s Transit Bureau only covers the subway system. Utano said he will be facilitating additional meetings between the union and borough commands to address safety in the bus system.

Local 100 Mourns Motee Lall

TWU Local 100 members and officers mourn the passing of Motee Lall, father of West Farms Depot Chair Lokenauth Lall.  Mr. Lall was 86.
Following are the arrangements:
Friday, September 14, 2018
2:00 – 9:00 PM
Marine Park Funeral Home
3024 Quentin Road, Brooklyn. 
9:00 AM sharp
St. Michael’s Cemetery
7202 Astoria Blvd.
East Elmhurst, New York 11370.

Train Operator Leon George’s Condition Remains Critical

Local 100 President Tony Utano, Vice President Joe Costales and Train Operator Dedra Brinson visited Brother Leon George at his hospital bed at Interfaith Hospital just hours after the beloved Train Operator suffered a devastating stroke.

They sadly report that Brother George’s condition is grave, with little hope of recovery.  Utano has assigned Train Operator Brinson to assist the family, including George’s brother, a retired Train Operator, in their hour of need.

Brother George, # 1 on the Train Operator’s Seniority roster, is respected and admired throughout the Division.  We offer our prayers for him and his family and friends during these most difficult hours.

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TWU Mourns Bus Operator Natasha Griffith, 46

TWU Local 100 is mourning the tragic death of Collge Point Bus Operator Natasha Griffith, who died early in the morning of Wednesday, September 5th. She died in the Parkchester section of the Bronx, a victim of domestic violence. She leaves two children. Private Lines Vice President Pete Rosconi said she will be dearly missed by her co-workers in MTA Bus. There will be a viewing on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at Jeremiah Gaffney's Funeral Home, 92 Wahl Avenue, Inwood, NY 11096, from 6PM to 6:30, followed by a funeral service from 7 PM to 8 PM. All members are encouraged to attend to pay their respects.

Greetings on Rosh Hashanah

Brothers and Sisters,

Rosh Hashanah marks the first and second days of the Jewish new year. It begins Sunday night, September 9, at sundown. Greetings to all of our Union Sisters and Brothers of the Jewish faith. I wish you a good and sweet year. Shanah Tovah.


Tony Utano, President

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