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Funeral for ATU's Larry Hanley Tomorrow on Staten Island; Memorial Planned for June

MAY 13 -- A funeral service for Amalgamated Transportation Union International President Larry Hanley, former President of ATU Local 726, will be held tomorrow, May 14th, at 10 AM at Our Lady of Pity Church at 1616 Richmond Avenue, on Staten Island, the ATU announced today. The ATU has asked that all of their members pause at that time for a moment of silence to honor him. There will be a memorial service at ATU headquarters at the Tommy Douglas Conference Center in Silver Spring, MD, on Monday, June 24, which would have been Brother Hanley's 63rd birthday.

Utano Blasts Chairman Foye for Using MTA Cops to Treat Workers Like Criminals

MAY 8 -- Responding to a report tonight in the New York Daily News that the MTA plans to use police to monitor the overtime of transit workers, Local 100 President Tony Utano said: "Criminals are attacking transit workers everyday. Our members are getting spit at, punched, and even stabbed. And Chairman Foye is calling the cops on us instead of deploying cops to protect us. It's disgusting. It's shameful. It's outrageous." He continued: "Chairman Foye wants to treat transit workers like criminals in prison instead of like working men and women. Transit workers don't set work schedules or determine overtime levels. Management does. Call the cops on Foye, not us." You can read the Daily News story, in which TWU International President John Samuelsen is also quoted, here.


Union Mourns Larry Hanley, 62, ATU International President

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of ATU International President Larry Hanley, 62, who came up through the ranks as a Bus Operator in Brooklyn and on Staten Island, eventually becoming President of ATU Local 726 on Staten Island and moving on to international leadership from there. We send our condolences to his family and friends, and to all of our friends and colleagues at ATU.

TWU Mourns with Brother Anthony Griffith on Loss of His Brother and Daughter

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The brother and daughter of Bus Operator Anthony Griffith of the Grand Avenue Depot died just 9 days apart, a heartbreaking loss for the Griffith family.
Griffith’s brother, Fred Royan Braithwaite, Jr. who served in the U.S. military and was a Police Officer in the U.S. Virgin Islands, passed away on April 9, 2019.  Then just nine days later, Griffith’s daughter, Janiece Griffith, died at the age of 26.
Arrangements for Janiece Griffith are as follows: Viewing and Funeral Service on May 6, 2019. The Viewing will take place at 9 AM, with the Service at 10 AMl, at Granbys Funeral Home, 4021 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466.

Joseph Robertson, Retired TO, Is Mourned

Local 100 mourns the passing of retired Train Operator Joseph Robertson, an active member of the TWU Local 100 Retirees Association.  He served his country in the United States Air Force.  Prior to his retirement, Brother Robertson received an award for exemplary service to the City of New York.  He died on April 19, 2019. Brother Robertson is survived by his wife, Juliette, sons, Kenneth and Eric, daughter, Nicole, son-in-law Darrin Scruggs (retired NYPD), and eight grandchildren.

Arrangements are as follows: There will be a Viewing on May 2, 2019 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, and a Final Viewing on May 3, 2019 from 9:00am-10:00am. A Homegoing Service will take place from St. Albans Congregational Church, 172-17 Linden Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11434.

Union Mourns Shop Steward Michael Opperisano, 65

Electronic Equipment Maintainer Michael Opperisano, who was a dedicated Shop Steward at the East New York Electronics Shop, passed away of cardiac-related causes last week. He leaves two sons, Anthony and Joseph. He began his career at the Transit Authority in 2005. His son Joseph called his father “the hardest working man I’ve ever known,” and recalled that “he stood up for the guys at work. He wouldn’t let anything slide with management. He loved his job.”

Executive Board Member Mario Galvet, who worked at the same shop and who left Opperisano in charge when he assumed his duties on the union’s Executive Board, said the EEM “took his job very seriously. He’s someone who safeguarded the contractual rights of the members at his work location.”

There will be a viewing for Brother Opperisano on Good Friday, April 19th, from 2 to 9 PM at the Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home at 4123 Fourth avenue, Brooklyn NY 11232.

Local 100 Mourns the Passing of Arthur Poland

TWU Local 100 is mourning the passing of Arthur Poland, father of Shannon Poland, a long-time Track Division Officer and Assistant to the Local 100 President. 

Mr. Poland died on March 30, 2019 at the age of 81.  He was a Bus Operator for the New York City Transit Authority for 20 years and a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union.  He retired from service in 1988. He was born in Philadelphia, the sixth of ten children to the late Henry and Margaret Poland.  Arthur served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1964, where he was a Sniper and a Small Arms Specialist. After leaving the Armed services,he moved to New York and married the late Jacqueline Fennell.  They had three children, including sons Shannon,  Arthur Poland II, and daughter, Faith.

He is survived by his sons, Arthur and Shannon and one daughter Faith all of New York.  He had ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren, two sisters:  Eleanor Poland Jones and Elizabeth Evans (Ernest) of Philadelphia; two brothers:  Charles Poland of Philadelphia and Leslie Poland of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He had a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Arrangements are as follows: Viewing: Saturday, April 13th, 2019: 9am to 10am, Funeral Service to follow at 10am:

Francis Funeral Home
5201 Whitby Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19143
(215) 747-1919
Interment: Eden Cemetery, Collingdale, PA 19023

Contract Policy Committee Develops Package For Presentation to the Executive Board

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The Local 100 Contract Policy Committee took the first big step in the campaign for a new contract with the MTA during a day-long meeting at union headquarters on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

The body is made up of approximately 130 elected representatives, including the top 11 elected officers, the majority of the Executive Board and the elected committees from the 14 Divisions covered by the MTA. President Tony Utano told the the Committee that, “the membership has put its trust in each and every one of us to represent them to the best of our ability during this contract.”

“This is what we were elected to do,” said Utano.  “It is important for us to remain one strong united force if we are to achieve a fair and reasonable contract for our members employed by the MTA.”
The Policy Committee spent the day refining and editing the hundreds of proposals gathered at all Division meetings during the month of February.  The proposals were broken into a number of categories of demands, including economic, health and welfare, departmental, grievance and discipline, safety, employee availability,  women’s committee and more.

A comprehensive set of proposals, reflecting the Policy Committee’s fine-tuning, will be presented to the Local 100 Executive Board for ratification at its next meeting. That package will then be presented to the MTA at a later date. The union’s contract with the MTA expires on May 16, 2019.

Irish Heritage Celebration on Thursday to Feature Mike Quill's Grandson; UK Labor Leaders

Join your Brothers and Sisters in celebrating Irish heritage, the founding of our great Union, and the legacies of TWU founder Mike Quill and Irish patriot, labor leader, and martyr James Connolly. Join us for great food, music, and speakers, including Mike Quill's grandson, Michael Quill, Mick Cash, of the RMT, Joe O'Flynn of SIPTU, and our very own International President John Samuelsen. Download the flyer here, and email us at with your reservation, or fax back the form. There will be great entertainment featuring the Niall O'Leary Dancers, Samantha Gillogly, Violinist, and Matthew Christian, Fiddler, Piper & Violinist. Not to be missed!

International Women's Day: A Message from TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano

From the earliest days of TWU Local 100, women transit workers have played a vital role in our City's transit system and in the growth and power of our union.

TWU women and TWU men, in 1941, demonstrated in New York City demanding equal pay for equal work for women subway token clerks.  As the union grew stronger and settled contract after contract, equal pay for equal work became standard in transit, and drew more and more women to our workforce. Today, TWU Local 100 women on all our properties - from the MTA, to School Bus, to Citibike, to Big Bus and our tour bus companies, and to all our private bus operations - stand tall in support of their union and the fight for a secure future for all transit workers.

In 2019, as women across America continue to fight for pay equality and against other injustices in the workplace, let us all get the message out that a union shop is the truest path to economic and job security for women, and for all workers. So on this International Women's Day, I proudly salute our TWU Local 100 sisters.

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