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Quill Connolly Day Comes to Queens

TWU Local 100 members packed the IBEW Apprentice Hall in Queens on March 15th for the inaugural event of the James Connolly Irish American Labor Coalition. The rousing event featured an address by President Samuelsen, and a speech about the current positive outlook in Ireland for unification of the country by Martin Kenny, Sinn Fein TD for Sligo, Leitrim,West Cavan & South Donegal. IBEW Local 3 Business Manager Chris Erikson and William Lynn, IUOE Local 30 Business Manager and Executive Director of the newly minted group, also spoke to the crowded room.

The James Connolly Irish American Labor Coalition is a new organization of American labor organizations who are pledged to carry on the spirit of Connolly, who was martyred in 1916 as an organizer who died for the cause of Irish freedom. President Samuelsen is a member of the Coalition's Board of Directors. We foresee an exciting partnership between Local 100 and other unions under this banner.

TWU Local 100 Mourns Thomas William Ohlmann, 1961-2017, Electronic Equipment Maintainer Level 2

Brother Thomas Ohlmann, a thirteen-year veteran with NYCT who worked in the Central Electronics Shop in Woodside, was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Southold. He lived in Medford with his beloved wife Andrea. He was a loving husband, son, brother and good friend. All who knew him loved him. He loved the outdoors, cycling, camping and playing with his dogs Splash and Maple.

Tom served as a faithful Minister of Jehovah, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in East Patchogue, Long Island, NY. Tom was a loyal and faithful servant of his God Jehovah. Revelation 21:1-5, John 5:28, 29. In lieu of flowers, Tom asked that you consider donations to the Jehovah's Witnesses World Wide Work at www.jw.org/en or https://apps.jw.org/E_DONATE.

The arrangements are as follows: There will be a visitation at the Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home, Inc. at 5 Laurel Avenue, Northport, New York from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Saturday, on March 4, 2017.

A funeral service will be held at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall at 18 E. Woodside Ave., Patchogue, New York at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 4, 2017

Dayan Hunter, a TWU Member, is on the right. His brother Dave is at left.
Dayan Hunter, a TWU Member, is on the right. His brother Dave is at left.

TWU Mourns Brothers Dayan and Dave Hunter

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Dayan Hunter, 47, and his brother, Dave Hunter, 44, who died in a horrific crash on the Bronx River Parkway near East 233rd Street shortly after midnight on the morning of February 17th. Dayan was a Cleaner at the Kingsbridge Bus Depot in upper Manhattan. HIs brother worked at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and was a member of Local 1199.

The brothers will have a homegoing service on Monday, February 27, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 777 East 222nd Street in the Bronx. Reflections will be from 10 AM to 11 AM with the service starting promptly at 11 AM. The burial will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Hastings on Hudson, New York.

AAA staffers open ballot envelopes in preparation for scanning on Feb 15th.
AAA staffers open ballot envelopes in preparation for scanning on Feb 15th.

AAA Contract Ratification Tally, By Division

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) has provided the TWU Local 100 Elections Committee with an official final tally of ballots on the ratification vote for the contract covering TA, OA and MTA Bus members. As reported at the close of business on Wednesday February 15, 2017, the rank-and-file membership endorsed the contract by an overwhelming 70-30 percent margin with 10,540 voting YES and 4, 571 voting NO. Here is the vote count by division, in the order they were counted by AAA.

Division Votes "YES" Votes "NO"
Stations 1,414 394
Car Equipment 1,300 630
Train Operators 517 803
Surface Maintenance 317 110
Surface Operators 934 478
Conductor / Tower 390 746
LE/S 1,345 234
Track 412 364
Structure 612 168
Power 280 166
MaBSTOA Div. 1 752 150
MaBSTOA Div. 2 637 209
MABSTOA Maintenance 664 68
MTA Bus 928 45
Unknown Division 38 6

TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen said of the ratification:

"I want to thank rank-and-file transit workers for their strong show of support in ratifying this agreement with the MTA.  They recognized that the contract provides wage increases and other economic enhancements that will keep transit workers ahead of inflation, and fully protects their health coverage and wins important medical benefit gains without the concessions that are enshrined in city and state public sector patterns. It secures an unprecedented "me too" wage guarantee with the LIRR unions, which have the right to strike and are governed by federal law and wage patterns set by the national freight and commuter railroad sectors. The contract does not lock us into a long-term commitment, which provides an important hedge against any unforeseen spike in inflation.  For the first time, this contract has secured an agreement from the MTA to hire and utilize in house forces to retrofit the older parts of the transit infrastructure to provide clean, comfortable and safe crew areas for our sisters in transit. Over the next several months, our union will be plotting the course for 2017 and 2018, knowing that the potential of a national right-to-work bill and other destructive anti-trade union laws are likely coming our way. In this age of national political uncertainty, we must unite or risk great harm. In the coming months, I will be making extraordinary efforts to unify Local 100 to face this oncoming battle."

NYCERS Customer Service Relocated

This is from our retirement system, so please take note! Download the flyer here.

Due to an unforeseen emergency, New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS) Customer Service located at the mezzanine level of 340 Jay Street is closed until further notice. Please Note: Until NYCERS restores all services, appointments are available for RETIREMENT and DISABILITY applications ONLY at 335 Adams Street. In order to schedule an appointment, please call (347) 643-3000. New York City Transit employees who wish to file any other forms (other than disability and retirement) such as Application to Purchase Service Credit, Application for Loan, etc. may submit the notarized forms to NYCERS staff at 335 Adams Street. Alternatively, completed forms may be mailed to NYCERS. Please mail completed forms to: New York City Employees’ Retirement System 30-30 47th Avenue, 10th Floor Long Island City, NY 11101

Balloting Extended to Feb. 15, 2017

In response to reports from officers and members in the field that many still had not received contract ballots as of Thursday Feb. 2, 2017, the Local 100 Executive Committee has directed the American Arbitration Association to push back the ratification count to Wednesday Feb. 15, 2017.  That gives members an extra five days to get ballots back to AAA.

While no ballots will be opened or counted until the day of the count, the Executive Committee extended the deadline to afford the greatest opportunity possible for all votes to be cast and counted.

If you do not receive your ballot by Friday Feb. 3, 2017, or if your ballot is damaged, please call the AAA Duplicate Hotline 1-800-529-5218 Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  The cutoff date to call AAA for duplicate ballots is Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

The Executive Committee reiterates its FULL SUPPORT for ratifying the contract and urges all members in good standing to VOTE YES.

Samuelsen Family Announces Arrangements for Patriarch, Warren Samuelsen

Following are the viewing and funeral arrangements for Warren Samuelsen, father of TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen. Mr. Samuelsen passed away on Jan. 29, 2017 at age 83. An obituary on Mr. Samuelsen, published in the New York Daily News, can be seen here.
 
The arrangements are as follows:

Viewing:Saturday, February 4, 2017: 2pm-5pm & 7pm-9pm and Sunday, February 5, 2017:  2pm to 5pm
 at the James P. Byrnes Funeral Home
2384 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229
(718) 743-1099
 
Funeral Mass on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 9:30am
at the Resurrection Roman Catholic Church
2331 Gerritsen Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229 (718) 743-7234
 

TWU Mourns Jimmy Pagan, Signal Maintainer

TWU Local 100 regrets to announce the death of Signal Maintainer Jimmy Pagan, of 215 Relay Shop Material, on Saturday, January 28, 2017. He was also the beloved husband of 29 years to Carmen Cristina Pagan and the father of Cristina Elizabeth Pagan, Jimmy Pagan, Jr., and Jennifer Marie Pagan.

LES Chair John V. Chiarello, MOW Vice President Tony Utano, and Local 100 President John Samuelsen join the family in mourning. John Chiarello said: "Jimmy was a stand-up guy who was never one to turn his back on his fellow workers. He was much beloved in the shop." Here are the details. The family has stated that all are welcome who knew Jimmy.
Wake Schedule:

Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 7 PM to 9 PM.; Friday, February 3, 2017 from 2 PM to 4 PM.; and Friday, February 3, 2017 from 7 PM to 9 PM.
Wake Location: Connell Funeral Home, Inc., 245 East Broad Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018. 610-868-8531
www.connellfuneral.com

 

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NY Daily News Obituary on Warren “Bunky” Samuelsen

Today’s edition of the New York Daily News carried an obituary on Warren Samuelsen, father of TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen. Mr. Samuelsen died Sunday at age 83.

The Daily News article carries an interview with President Samuelsen, who recalls his father as a “typical salt of the earth, throwback Brooklyn blue-collar guy.”

See the entire Daily News obituary here.

At this time, the family is finalizing arrangements.

Your Contract Ballot is in the Mail

Ballots for our contract ratification vote have been mailed to all good-standing members. They are due back by Wednesday, February 15th. The postage is paid, so all you have to do is fill out your ballot and put it in the mail. Along with the ballot, you will receive the 8-page contract brochure and associated materials. These documents are also available for your review on the union website by clicking here.

The American Arbitration Association is handling the balloting process. If you do not receive a ballot by Friday, February 3, call the AAA at 800-529-5218, to obtain another ballot.

This agreement includes tremendous value in terms of wages that easily outstrip inflation, as well as other gains that will boost our earning power well beyond the percentage increases. We have protected our health benefits with no added out of pocket costs, and we won substantial new money for our dental plan that will, among other things, extend coverage to our dependents to age 26. Significant gains have been won for our 5,000 women transit workers, including build-out of new facilities for their needs and new coverage for reconstructive surgery.

We won commuter passes for members who live within the City limits, joining those outside the city who benefited from this provision in our last agreement. On signing, a new sick-leave provision makes large cash payments available on retirement for thousands who did not have this option before. A me-too agreement with the Long Island Railroad (whose contract expired this past December) and other MTA bargaining units means that if they win any raise larger than ours, we win that percentage bump-up as part of our contract as well. As important, this is a concession-free contract, a major accomplishment in this age of public sector bargaining. It will also protect us over the contract term against any reduction in federal transit funds that may be legislated by the new Trump Administration in Washington.

Vote YES on this contract so that we can all begin enjoying its many benefits.

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