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TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano Says “L” Train Situation Needs Resolution

TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano issued the following statement to the media today regarding the ongoing health concerns on the “L” line.
“The L-train situation is completely unacceptable. The air still stinks and we are concerned about long-term exposure and the health of our members working 8-hour shifts along the line.  We have pulled workers from some locations and if the situation is not abated over the weekend we will take further action to protect the safety of our members and that of the riding public.”

TWU Co-Sponsoring Event Saturday to Honor Union Founder Mike Quill

You are invited, free of charge, to an event on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Kerry Hall in Yonkers to honor the legacy of TWU Founder and proud Kerryman, Michael J. Quill. The union is co-sponsoring the event with the Kerrymen’s Patriotic & Benevolent Association, and The United Irish Counties Association.

Special guests will include Mike Quill’s grandson, Michael and granddaughter, Lydia, as well as TWU International President John Samuelsen, Local 100 President Tony Utano and prominent members of the Kerrymen’s and United Irish Counties organizations. Light food will be served (cash bar). 

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm (official program begins at 3:00pm)
Where: Kerry Hall, 305 McLean Avenue (street parking only) in Yonkers, NY

For Further Information call: 914-964-2100

ENY Members Mourn Kurt Julian

Members and officers at East New York Depot are mourning the unexpected passing of Kurt Julian.  He was 41 years old.  He had worked as a Light Maintainer in TAS Maintenance P&E for the past year. 
Jonathan Jackson, a friend and co-worker, said: “Kurt’s tenure on the job was short, but his bright smile and warm personality was everlasting.  Kurt was a master of this trade and performed his work with dignity and style.  A true gentleman, there will be a void in the hearts of the East New York P&E Department for a long time.”
Brother Julian is survived by his wife of 20 years, an 11-year old son and a daughter, 10.
Arrangements are as follows:
Viewing – 2:00pm-5:00pm
Service Immediately Following – 5:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Caribe Funeral Home
1922 Utica Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11234

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.

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