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TWU Mourns Passing of Bus Operator Donnell Barnhill

Local 100 sadly announces the passing of Brother Donnell Barnhill, a 26-year veteran of TAS Transportation.  He had been planning to retire in six months.  He worked out of Fresh Pond Depot, and most recently out of Grand Avenue.  Brother Barnhill was a friend to scores of co-workers in TAS, and a beloved father, brother, son, and uncle to the Barnhill family.

Arrangements are as follows: There will be a viewing on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 9:00am-11:00am at the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home on 179-24 Linden Blvd. in Jamaica, NY 11434. Services will follow immediately. Interment will take place at Pinelawn Memorial Cemetery in Farmingdale, NY

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Kicks Off at Union Hall

Breast Cancer Awareness Kickoff

OCTOBER 1 -- Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp wore a bright pink ensemble to welcome union officers and rank and file members to our kickoff event for breast cancer awareness month. Our fund drive, organized by Bronx Bus Operator Tonya Thompson, is now in full gear and members are invited to donate and walk for the American Cancer Society on October 20th in Orchard Beach, the Bronx. The annual event raises awareness and funds for breast cancer patients in the New York area, including free or reduced accommodations for families whose loved ones are facing cancer treatment. President Tony Utano welcomed American Cancer Society Community Development Manager Nitisha Moore and Senior Manager of Community Development Robert Fox to the union's kickoff. Administrative Vice President Nelson Rivera, who is battling lung cancer, shared at the event, as did President Utano, whose mother suffered from breast cancer. For more information, go to the union's page for donations here.

Greetings on Rosh Hashana

Brothers and Sisters,

Rosh Hashanah marks the first and second days of the Jewish new year. It begins tonight 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 TWU Local 100

TWU Mourns Track Worker John McCarthy, 65

Brother John McCarthy, a proud union member with a history of activism, died last Wednesday in the hospital after complications from an operation. He was a former Division Vice Chair of Track Department, and a labor activist who was always on the front lines for labor and for the causes he believed in. He retired from Transit in 2014 but remained a committed union man to the end. His irrepressible spirit, willingness to walk the line, and warm smile will be missed by all who knew him.

Mike Capocci Wins Special Election for MTA Bus Executive Board Seat

Mike Capocci, a 19-year veteran of LaGuardia Bus Depot, is the newest member of the TWU Local 100 Executive Board.  He was elected in a three-way contest in MTA Bus to fill out the unexpired term of Hector Comrie, who retired from the job earlier this year.

The vote, conducted by the TWU Local 100 Elections Committee, was 482 for Capocci; 250 for Johnny Tapia, and 32 for Robert English. Capocci is a 2-term Division Vice Chair and has been elected twice to serve as a Local 100 delegate to the International Union’s Quadrennial Conventions.

TWU Local 100 Mourns Elizabeth Rivera

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Elizabeth Rivera, mother of Local 100 Administrative Vice President Nelson Rivera. Elizabeth was 73 and passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack. She was born in Puerto Rico but raised in New York since the age of 3. She is survived by her son Nelson and daughter-in-law, Catherine; a daughter and three grandchildren.

Arrangements are as follows:

Viewing: Sunday, August 18, 2019, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Lawrence H. Woodward Funeral Home
1 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11213

Prayer Service to follow from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Utano Calls for More Enforcement, Deterrence in Wake of Spitting Incidents

* A No. 6 Line Train Conductor was spat upon shortly after 11 a.m. Monday at the East 149thSt. station in the Bronx.
* A No. 3 Line Train Conductor line was spat upon at approximately 5:10 p.m. Monday at the Borough Hall station in Brooklyn.
* A No. 6 Line Train Conductor was spat upon at approximately 6:50 p.m. Monday at the Brooklyn Bridge station.
TWU LOCAL 100 President Tony Utano issued the following statement:

“This is disgusting, vile behavior and we are sick and tired of it. The MTA and the city have to do everything in their power to stop it.  We want to see people arrested and charged. Put more cameras in the system. Put more cops on the platforms.  Give the whole damn city a civics lesson. Do whatever you have to do.  Where is the outrage? Riders should be as angry as we are. Management should be as angry as we are. Elected officials should be angry. This is despicable. We’re trying to get people where they need to go and then someone spits on us? That’s a horrific experience for our members and delays service for riders. If you see someone assault a transit worker, take a photo with your phone. Put it on social media. Call them out. We need enforcement. We need deterrence. And we need - and deserve - respect from riders, managers and elected officials for moving 7 million people a day.”
The female conductor who was victimized at the Borough Hall station said she was assisting a wheelchair user when a man standing on the platform walked up to her window as if to ask a question.  “I said, ‘Give me a second,’ as I was trying to talk to the person in the wheelchair,’ and he just spit on me.’

The wheelchair rider was having difficulty boarding the train because the platform and floor of the train were not level, the Conductor said. She was directing the wheelchair user to try another door where the platform and train floor were more level when the man spit in her face. She is 37 years old and has been on the job about 5 years.
The conductor spat upon at the Brooklyn Bridge station said he was observing the platform to ensure riders were clear of the departing train when a man standing beneath a stairwell spat on him for no reason.

UPDATE: Arrangements Announced for Stations Division Vice Chair Jose Torres

Local 100 is sad to report that Stations Division’s beloved Vice Chair for Supply Logistics, Jose Torres, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack July 15. He was only 56 years old.

Stations Vice President Lynwood Whichard broke the heartbreaking news to staff and fellow officers this morning, calling Jose a “champion” for the cause of labor, adding that he is “too devastated to talk right now.”

Local 100 President Tony Utano expressed his heartfelt sympathy to Jose’s family, friends and colleagues saying:

“This is a very sad day at Local 100. Jose was a wonderful person who fought hard for his members while always maintaining a high degree of professionalism and good will. Everyone at the union hall liked him and respected him. He will be deeply missed. I know that we, as his brothers and sisters, will stand strong for his wife, Maritza, and the rest of his family during this trying time.”


Saturday July 20, 2019 - 4:00pm-9:00pm
Sunday July 21, 2019 - 3:00pm-9:00pm
at RG Ortiz Funeral Home, 2121 Westchester Ave., Bronx, NY 10462 

Monday July 22, 2019 - 9:00am
(meet at funeral home)


TWU Mourns Joseph Costello, Light Maintainer

The TWU family is mourning the passing of Joseph Costello, a retired Light Maintainer, a union brother and friend. There will be a viewing on Saturday, June 8th from 3pm to 7pm at the Gundrum Service Home for Funerals, 237 Bordentown Avenue, in South Amboy, NJ 08879. Brother Costello will be dearly missed -- John V. Chiarello, Vice President, Maintenance of Way Dept.

Assaulted Conductor Denaul Jenkins
Assaulted Conductor Denaul Jenkins

Come to the Bronx Courthouse Tomorrow -- Friday -- and Wear Your TWU Local 100 Colors

Walter Rivera, the man charged with stabbing and seriously wounding Conductor Denaul Jenkins, is scheduled to be in court tomorrow as prosecutors move forward with their case against him. A presence by TWU Local 100 will show the judge and prosecutors that transit workers want justice for their injured union brother.
The case is currently before Judge Lorenzo  (SCA Part). It is expected to be called in the morning but authorities do not provide exact times for such proceedings. The courthouse opens to the public at 9 a.m. and is located at 265 East 161stSt. 
Jenkins was stabbed Easter Sunday while waiting for his train at the 149 St/Grand Concourse station East Sunday.
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