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TWU Recognized for Our Activism in Supporting Veterans at Annual Dinner

At our annual Veterans Dinner on November 17th, TWU Local 100 was recognized by Assemblyman Peter Abbate and by Brian Maher, Assistant to State Senator William Larkin, both of whom were present at the event, for our rank and file veterans, who dedicated countless hours and trips to Albany to support the Veterans Equality Act. The law, which allows members of public pension systems to buy back up to three years' pension credit for military service, was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo this past June. Kevin Harrington, former VP of RTO and past head of our Veteran's Committee, was congratulated by President John Samuelsen for his efforts. The MTA Honor Guard, composed of Local 100 members, added a flourish to the dinner. TWU veterans enjoyed the speeches as well as the excellent dinner at the Union Hall.

Arrangements for Larry Sheppard

Bus Operator Larry Sheppard, 56, of Kingsbridge Depot Thursday, passed away last week, while on his swing. He was recently married and close to retirement. He will be dearly missed. He is reposing at Cotton Funeral Service, at 1025 Bergen Street, in Newark, NJ 07112. Visiting hours are Sunday, November 13, from 9am to 11am. There will be a funeral service at 11am at the same location on Sunday, November 13th, followed by the interment at Holliwood Memorial Park Cemetery, at 1500 Stuyvesant Avenue, in Union, NJ 07083.

TWU Mourns Frank Landro

TWU Local 100 officers and members mourn the passing of former Structure Division member Frank Landro, brother of Structure Division Recording Secretary Joe Landro. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Joe and the entire Landro family.

Arrangements are as follows: There will be a viewing at the Aievoli Funeral Home, at 65th Street and 13th Avenue in Brooklyn, NY 11219 on Thursday, November 10th from 7 pm to 9:30 pm, and also on Friday, November 11th, from 2 to 4:30 pm and from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. A funeral mass will take place at Regina Pacis, 1230 65th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11219 on Saturday, November 12, at 9:30 am.

Arrangements for Louis Gray

The arrangements for our fallen Brother Louis Gray have largely been set.

The Viewing will be held Thursday between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Grace Funeral Home, 607 North Conduit Blvd., East New York, Brooklyn. A Funeral Service will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of East Elmhurst, 100-10 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, Queens. The Disposition will be Friday at the All Souls Chapel & Crematory, 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, Queens. The time has not yet been established.

Come out and support the Gray family and pay tribute to Louis, a good man who lost his life while working on behalf of his city and the riding public. Let's also show all New Yorkers that we stand united and grieve as one.

John Samuelsen, President

We're Ready to Rally on the 15th!

I'll Be There!

Thousands of TWU Local 100 members have signed the pledge cards -- posters are going up at every work location in the transit system. Just click on the arrows to see the show! We are building to the biggest rally in years to tell the MTA: We demand a fair contract! Be there and check out our new contract website here.

Local 100 Mourns Bus Operator Larry Sheppard, Died on the Job

Larry Sheppard, a popular veteran Bus Operator who was recently married, passed away at the Kingsbridge Depot Thursday. Sheppard, 56, was found in his car by a co-worker, Depot Chairman Richard Fields said. The cause of death was not immediately clear. Sheppard didn’t report after his swing shift ended but management never alerted the union, union officials said. He was supposed to pull out of the depot at 2:18 p.m.

Sheppard was found unresponsive in his car at approximately 7 p.m. by a co-worker who noticed his car was running and went to investigate, Fields said. He had nearly 30 years on the job. “He was very well liked,” Fields said. “He was very well known and liked.” A longtime Long Island resident, he was recently married and moved to Newark, N.J. with his two young children, officials said.  Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.

TWU Local 100 Mourns Mike Jerome, 64

OCTOBER 31 -- The TWU Local 100 family today is mourning the loss of longtime officer, activist, and staffer Mike Jerome, who passed this morning at home from pancreatic cancer. He leaves his wife, Elise deJong, and his son, Gabriel, and many other relatives and friends. Mike served in the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero and received the union’s medal of recognition on September 7, 2016 from Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips and Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux.

A machinist by trade who worked in the wheel and axle shop at Coney Island Overhaul, Mike was devoted to bettering the lot of his fellow workers through fighting management and strengthening labor solidarity within our union. A committed Socialist, he was active in various radical and revolutionary organizations for all of his adult life.

Mike Jerome became the director of Grievance and Discipline in 2001, and later Health Benefits Coordinator. In an article printed in the union’s newspaper in December 2001, that reflected his philosophy, he wrote: “We need to stop the write-ups before they happen. That means building strength and unity right at the work sites and crew rooms…we need to build member anger at management injustice and use that anger to build solidarity.”

He will be remembered as a man who was selflessly devoted to others and to the union cause. Local 100 President Samuelsen said: “Mike kept on giving to the Union, from his activism on the shop floor to his dedicated work as a union staffer. His spirit lives on whenever transit workers fight for better working conditions.”

TWU Mourns Jerry Dabrowski, Lighting Maintainer

TWU Local 100 mourns Lighting Maintainer Jerry Dabrowski, who died in active service. There will be a viewing on Monday, October 24, from 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm at Meigel Funeral Home at 6418 Flushing Ave, in Maspeth N.Y. 11378. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, October 25, at 11am at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church 61-21 56th Road, Maspeth N.Y. 11378

-- John V. Chiarello,Division Chairman, Line Equipment Signal

Monique Brathwaite with Union Rep Duvet Williams in her hospital bed
Monique Brathwaite with Union Rep Duvet Williams in her hospital bed

Update on Signal Helper Monique Brathwaite

 I report with great sadness that our sister Monique Brathwaite, a probationary signal helper and mother of four boys, had her right arm amputated below the elbow by surgeons at Harlem Hospital because of extreme nerve damage. Monique, 36, was gravely injured Oct. 7th when she had an accident involving an electrified third rail.

Please keep Monique and her family in your prayers. You can contribute to a Go Fund Me page to help Monique and her family with their expenses at the following link:

-- John Samuelsen, President  

Get on the Bus!


Get on the bus. If you are hoping and praying that a majority of Americans dump Trump on Election Day, you should be optimistic. The recent polls strongly indicate that The Donald has finally insulted and groped his way out of contention.

But Trump has been down before. As Sean Trende recently wrote on the RealClear Politics website, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has significantly led Trump in the polls several times over the last 13 months. He then came back each time and tied it up, or narrowed the lead to a bit more than a statistical sliver.

So the most that anyone can really say about the race is this: Trump probably won’t get the keys to the White House. Probably. Most likely. That’s not good enough considering the character Trump has demonstrated and the ramifications a Trump presidency will produce. As everyone now knows, Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women and getting away with it because he is rich and famous. For years he pushed the racist claim that the first African-American president wasn’t legitimate because he supposedly wasn’t born in the United States, a shameful lie that he knew full well was a shameful lie.

Trump also has promised to fill the Supreme Court vacancy with a proven ultra-conservative judge. That will enable the Republican Party to continue, and perhaps finish, their onslaught against unions in America. That also would enable the Republican Party to take away a woman’s right to decide whether or not she continues a pregnancy. It’s a decision for each individual woman to make, not a government bureaucrat. There are many other reasons, of course, why the Republican Party candidate must be stopped. Probably and most likely are not good enough odds.

On Saturday, Oct. 22nd, the Transport Workers Union locals in New York and New Jersey will be sending buses to Philadelphia, Pa., a crucial battleground state, to demonstrate support and campaign for the Democratic Party ticket. Buses will be departing 7:30 a.m. TWU Local 100 and TWU Local 101’s Union Hall at 195 Montague St., Brooklyn.

Come to Philly. Take a stand with us against sexism. Take a stand against racism. Take a stand against union busting. Get on the bus.

(To register for the bus trip or obtain more information, contact Dawn Sobers at (646) 319-7621 or email Give your name and contact info)

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