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Mass Membership Meeting Coming Up on January 19

Join your Brothers and Sisters at our annual Mass Membership Meeting at the Sheraton for a review of our accomplishments in 2018 and our plans to get a good contract in 2019. Good standing only! Download our flyer to register here. There will also be a health fair at the meeting for information about nutrition, exercise, and treatments to insure wellness.

Happy Kwanzaa!

The celebration of Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends on New Year’s Day. The week-long celebration honors African heritage within the African-American culture. The holiday is modeled after the African harvest festivals of Swahili matunda ya kwanza meaning first fruits. Celebratory symbols for Kwanzaa include mat or (Mkeka) on which other symbols are placed: a candle holder (Kinara), seven candles (Mishumaa Saba), crops (mazao) corn (Muhindi), a unity cup (Kikombe cha Umoja) for commemorating and giving thanks (shukrani) to ancestors, and gifts (Zawadi). We wish all of our African-American Brothers and Sisters a Happy Kwanzaa!

President Tony Utano Offers Christmas Message to TWU Local 100 Members and Families

On behalf of the leadership of TWU Local 100, I want to wish each and every TWU Local 100 member, your families and friends a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.  I also want to offer a special ‘thank you’ to the thousands of transit workers who will be on the job on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to keep New York City moving.  Our transit system is the heartbeat of the City and it is what makes New York the greatest City in the world.  However, the knowledge that our work is vital to millions of New Yorkers doesn’t make it any easier to be away from our families during this special time of the year.  Thank you all for everything that you do all year long.  You make New York a special place to live and work, and you make TWU Local 100 the strongest Local union in the country.

Union Wishes a Happy Hanukkah to Our Jewish Brothers and Sisters

Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights. This year, it is celebrated for eight days beginning on December 2. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp. The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days. Local 100 extends our best wishes for a wonderful holiday to our Jewish Brothers and Sisters on this happy occasion.

Don't Forget To Vote In Your Union Election!

Ballots in the TWU Local 100 election were mailed out November 14. To be counted, your ballot must be received by next Wednesday, December 5, by 8:30 am.

Your vote is a key piece of the right you have, as a union member, to express your view about how you want Local 100 to run over the next three years. For most of us those three years includes the negotiation of a new contract during uncertain times. For workers in MTA -related properties we face an Authority which claims to be losing money by the billions, with critics who say Transit Workers are getting paid too much!

If you have your ballot, and intend to vote, you must get it in this week. If you misplaced your ballot, or didn't receive one, call 1.800.529.5218, and the American Arbitration Association will send a new one to you immediately. If you called over the Thanksgiving weekend, and found a full voicemail please try again.


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.

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