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TWU Says, "Fifty-Fifty is Fair"

TWU Local 100 is turning up the heat on Mayor de Blasio for refusing to help pay for the MTA’s comprehensive subway Action Plan – and calling on the city’s representatives on the MTA board to resign if de Blasio doesn’t come through for riders.

Local 100 on Thursday  will launch a television, print and digital advertising campaign demanding de Blasio allocate a fraction of the city’s $4 billion surplus in taxpayer money to reverse the summer of hell facing NYC Subway riders.

The first installment is a 30-second TV commercial that includes riders telling de Blasio to stop playing politics and match the funding pledged by Gov. Cuomo.

“The mayor can’t run and he can’t hide from his responsibility,” TWU International and Local 100 President John Samuelsen said. “This is a crisis. The riders, who are the mayor’s constituents, are suffering. We need real leadership, not finger pointing and political posturing.”

Transit workers and TWU Local 100 elected officers packed the MTA’s monthly board meeting in Manhattan Wednesday morning to show their support for the action plan, which includes increased inspection and maintenance of signals and trains, additional emergency response teams to fix subway cars and signals that fail in service and more aggressive cleaning of tracks and drainage systems.

“It’s a solid plan, and the men and women of TWU are 100-percent on board," Tony Utano, TWU Local 100 Vice President of the Maintenance of Way division, said. “But this is a dead-end track without the necessary funding.

"Without financial support from the state – and the city - riders will be forced to suffer through more delays, more breakdowns and more misery.”

Utano concluded his remarks by saying, the city board members should quit if the mayor doesn’t split the cost of the action plan with the state.

“If the mayor doesn’t want to pay his fair share, the city’s board members should just walk away and resign,” Utano said.

The MTA Action Plan draws heavily from the “Work Boots on the Ground” plan TWU Local 100 developed and shared with transit executives over the last several weeks.

Local 100 represents approximately 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the MTA. The Action Plan includes hiring an additional 2,400 transit workers, bringing the number of Local 100 members working at the MTA to more than 40,000.

The total membership for Local 100, including bus operators at private school bus companies and bike-share workers, would rise to more than 45,000.

TWU's Fix the Subway Plan Featured on Major Radio Show

JULY 24 -- TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen talks one-on-one with WNYC Radio Host Brian Lehrer about the union's ten-point plan to address subway delays and equipment breakdowns. Samuelsen calls for a massive infusion of cash and additional workers to increase inspections and maintenance of signals and subway cars.

TWU and GCS Workers Mourn Devon Hannibal

TWU Local 100 and the membership at the MTA’s Access-a-Ride facility operated by GCS are mourning the tragic death of Brother Devon Hannibal to gun violence in Brooklyn on June 23, 2017.

Brother Hannibal and a passenger in his car were gunned down by two men in a apparent unprovoked attack. Police and the Hannibal family are at a loss for a motive.

Devon, 27, leaves two small children.

Arrangements are as follows:

Viewing & Service
Friday, July 7, 2017
Viewing: 4:00pm-7:00pm
Service: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Frank R. Bell Funeral Home
536 Sterling Place
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(The family requests that mourners wear white.)

Happy Father's Day from Your Union

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Mets Great Mookie Wilson Will be Our Special Guest at Family Day

Don't Miss It!

Family Day is this Saturday, June 3, 2017.  It's a great day for the entire family - with free food, beverages, music, tons of activities for the kids, discounted Luna Park tickets and just plain fun in the sun.  This year's very special guest is New York Mets great Mookie Wilson, centerfielder on the Mets last World Series winning team in 1986. Mookie will be at the event greeting fans and signing autographs.

Also, we'll have great discounts on tickets to Luna Park for purchase in a special location at Family Day. Note:  NO CASH WILL BE ACCEPTED: CREDIT CARDS ONLY!

Check out these great deals:  $18 per person - Four hours of rides on all Mild, Medium and High Thrill rides (Extreme Thrill excluded).  $36 per person - All day, all rides, including all five Extreme Thrill rides - Cyclone, Thunderbolt, Zenobio, Sling Shot and Coney Island Raceway Go Carts. (The only limitation is one ride each on the Sling Shot and Go Carts).

Remember NO CASH, ONLY PLASTIC will be accepted. Look for signs to purchase when entering MCU Park.

Happy Mother's Day From Your Union

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Peter Lewnes, Retired Executive Board Member, Dies

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Peter Lewnes, a retired member of the Local 100 Executive Board. Lewnes, a Station Agent, also served on the Local 100 staff and was a member of the Local 100 Elections Committee.

Following are the arrangements for Brother Lewnes: Friday, May 12, 2017. Service: 6pm – 9pm at the Dahill Funeral Home, 2525 65th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11204.

 

TWU Mourns Joseph Gifford, Station Agent and Section Chair

Local 100 is mourning the passing of Joseph Gifford, a union representative and Section Chair for Station Agents. We learned of his passing on May 8. He had just retired from Transit last year. Brother Gifford was active in the three-year fight against booth closings under former MTA CEO Jay Walder, and spoke out against Walder in the April, 2010 meeting of the MTA Board. He worked the pick room for many years, making sure that management followed the contract in making assignments. TWU Local 100 Vice President Derrick Echevarria remembered him as, "a good rep, but a better person." Brother Echevarria has been in touch with Brother Gifford's family and we will post arrangements as soon as we have them. A service will take place at the Calvary Baptist Church in Red Hook, at 773 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, from 9 am to 11 am on Friday, May 19th.

Be on the Lookout: Police ID Zire King, 44, in Murder of Conductor Jacqueline Dicks

"Let's help the NYPD catch this coward. Don't put yourself in harms way, be extra vigilant." -- TWU 100 Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips.

Here's the official police notification:

On Monday, May 1, 2017 at 2341 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a female shot in front of 1010 Elton Street, within the confines of the 75 Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed a 41-year-old female, unconscious and unresponsive, with a gunshot wound to the head. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing. The deceased has been identified as Dicks, Jacqueline (NYCT Conductor).

Pursuant to the ongoing investigation, the New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating the individual depicted in the attached photograph wanted for questioning in connection to the above described homicide. He is identified as follows:

Wanted: King, Zire, 44-year-old male. He is described as a male, 5'9", 170lbs. Photograph made available by DCPI is on this page.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are kept strictly confidential.

 

Blood Drive Set for Thursday, April 13 at 130 Livingston

IB ImageThe drive will provide vitally needed blood for New York area hospitals. Please donate on Thursday, April 13, 2017, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at 130 Livingston Street, Conference Rooms 119/120. To schedule an appointment, contact: Debby Gainor at 347-643-8358 or email her at Deborah.Gainor@nyct.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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