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TWU Mourns TEMM Julia Roman

Local 100 members and officers from the Line Equipment/Signals division are saddened to hear of the death of Sister Julia Roman, a TEMM-Elevator and Escalator, with 15 years on the job.  She died from complications associated with the birth of her twin daughters.  Arrangements for Sister Roman are as follows:

Frech-McKnight Funeral Home, 161 Washington Ave in Dumont NJ 07628. Phone: 201-384-0013. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, Nov 21st, from 4:00pm-8:00pm

The burial will take place Wednesday,  November 22 at 10 a.m. at the George Washington Memorial Park, 234 Paramus Rd, Paramus NJ 07652

Her brother-in-law has set up a gofundme.com page to help Sister Roman’s widowed husband and their three daughters. Please give: http://www.gofundme.com/victoria-grace-isabella

President Utano Calls for Subway Safety Summit with NYPD

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 -- Local 100 President Tony Utano on Wednesday called for a subway safety summit with NYPD brass to discuss the homeless, inebriated riders and other problems faced by our members. Utano also urged the NYPD to position officers at all terminal stations, where crews must ensure every rider has exited the train.

    “That will ensure that an officer is nearby when a passenger refuses to get off or is incapacitated,” Utano said. “It would shorten police response times, reduce delays in train service, and better safeguard our crews from assaults.”

    Utano invited NYPD Transit Bureau Chief Joseph Fox to bring Transit District commanders and other top officers to a meeting that would focus on the safety and security of Train Operators, Conductors, Cleaners, State Agents and other titles. The idea is for union officers to convey the concerns and describe the problems workers are encountering with the surge in the homeless population and continued threat posed by riders who are drunk, crazy or flat-out criminal, Utano said. Both sides would be able to exchange ideas and share information towards making the subway safer for the membership, Utano said. The NYPD has not made a formal reply to the meeting request or staffing suggestion.

    The issue of homeless in the subway came into the media’s focus again last month after the NY Post published a photograph (above) of a homeless man sleeping underneath a seat on a No. 3 train while oblivious riders sat above him. It’s no laughing matter, as Crystal Young, Chair of the Conductor/Tower Division, recently told the Post. "When you wake somebody up, you don’t know what state they are going to be in,” Young said. “Sometimes people (transit workers) are attacked. Sometimes they are spit on.”

    The media also recently reported extensively about a video showing a Train Operator pulling an apparently drunken man through a train car towards the door. The Operator has been taken off active duty but not suspended. Local 100 will “vigorously” defend the Operator if he is subject to disciplinary action,” Utano vowed.

President Utano Interviewed on News 12 Brooklyn: The Reasons to Vote No

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President Tony Utano and TWU Local 100 says: Vote NO on November 7th!

Top Officers Swore in John Chiarello (in maroon shirt) and Duvet Williams of MOW
Top Officers Swore in John Chiarello (in maroon shirt) and Duvet Williams of MOW

Executive Board Authorizes Strike Action at First Mile Square; Elevates Chiarello to Vice President of MOW, and Makes Other Appointments

The Local 100 Executive Board has authorized President Tony Utano to call a strike at First Mile Square School Bus company in Yonkers, pending recommendation by the Negotiating Committee. No strike date has been set, but School Bus Division Chair and Executive Board member Gus Moghrabi said that talks with the company that employs 600 Local 100 members are showing little progress. Moghrabi told the Board at its Oct. 25, 2017 meeting that the bargaining committee is planning a press conference and membership action for November 2, 2017 to update the public on the situation.  At issue, among others, are increases to daily work guarantees that are a vital component of school bus contracts in Yonkers and elsewhere. “We’re simply asking for the same pay guarantee as in the other school bus contracts,” he said.

In other actions, the Executive Board approved the appointment of LE/S Chair John Chiarello to MOW Vice President.  Chiarello fills the vacancy created by the elevation of former Vice President Tony Utano to Local 100 President. The Board then voted to elevate LE/S Vice Chair Duvet Williams to Chair of the Division. The Board also acted to fill vacancies in the Private Operations Division and at the Liberty Lines Valhalla Depot, as follows:

• Carlos Bernabel was named Division Chair to replace the retiring Bill Mooney.

• Tom Monaco was elevated to Chair, Valhalla Depot.

• Robert Johnson was named Depot Recording Secretary, and

• Leonard Lee was appointed Depot Vice Chair.

Bus Operator William Waverly Kee, Jr. Is Mourned

TWU Local 100 mourns the passing of Bus Operator William Waverly Kee, Jr. on Oct. 14, 2017.   He died after a long battle with lung cancer at age 52.  He worked out of the East New York Depot since 2012. Arrangements are this evening, Oct. 25, 2017, as follows:

Viewing and services: 4:00pm-7:00pm at John’s Funeral Home, 509 Liberty Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207.

TWU Mourns Track Worker Vidanand Mangroo

Track Dept. is saddened to announce the passing of our Brother, Vidanand Mangroo. He had five and a half years of service with NYCT. Here are the arrangements: There will be a viewing Thursday, October 19th, and Friday, October 20th, from 5pm to 9pm at the Grace Funeral Chapel at 607 N. Conduit Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11208. A burial service will be conducted on Saturday, October 21, from 9am to 11am. The officers and members of Track mourn his loss and extend our condolences to the family.

TWU Mourns Conductor Quentin Warner

We regret to inform our members of the passing of Conductor Quentin Warner, who worked the A Division and had 29 years of service with NYCT. Here are the arrangements:
There will be a viewing at the Lawrence H. Howard Funeral Home, at 1 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213. The viewing will take place on Thursday, October 19th, from 2pm to 6pm. There will be a funeral service at 6pm immediately following the viewing. Brother Warner is remembered as a polite gentleman who was a true professional. We mourn his loss.
TAS Chair Willie Rivera and Vice Chair Armando Serrano were able to meet with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz to offer the union’s assistance and best wishes.
TAS Chair Willie Rivera and Vice Chair Armando Serrano were able to meet with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz to offer the union’s assistance and best wishes.

PR Relief

A TWU Local 100 advance relief team went to San Juan, Puerto Rico in early October. The three-person crew met with local government officials and representatives of the AFL-CIO to make arrangements for the arrival of the first team of 15 TWU Local 100 volunteers to help in the hurricane recovery effort. Local 100 President Tony Utano dispatched Administrative Vice President Nelson Rivera, TAS Division Chair Willie Rivera and Vice Chair Armando Serrano to handle this important assignment.  “We didn’t want to just blindly send our members down there without knowing where they are most needed and what the living conditions would be,” said Utano. 
 
Watch the video of our 9-member team's work in Puerto Rico here.

The union and the MTA have agreed to share the costs associated with the effort. Early reports back from the advance team paint a devastating picture of destruction and need.

“All power in San Juan is being provided by generators,” reported Willie Rivera at the time of the first visit.  “There is no electricity.  There are no street lights and all of the traffic signals are down. The food markets have major waiting lines, the ATM lines are huge and water bottles are scarce. Lanterns are in major demand among those we have met.  However, the people are pretty much in good spirits and energetic, and pass their time helping each other.”
 
The TWU met with the Mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, as well as officials from the AFL-CIO and other local unions to discuss logistics and to determine where the Local 100 volunteers can be most helpful. They have also met with a few TWU Local 501 members, who are employed by American Airlines at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan.  Rivera reports that local union members are providing a major assist in the recovery. “They have been working almost nonstop with their communities feeding them and clothing them. They told us of their experiences during the storm and what they have been doing to normalize their lives,” said Rivera. Rivera said that the team was able to locate the grandmother of a Local 100 member in New York who hadn’t been able to contact her since the storm.  The news was good. “One of our members called us worried about his grandmother who he hadn’t heard from. He was concerned that she would run out of her insulin. We were able to drive to Santurce, found her and her son and made sure she was fine.”
 
Rivera said that he, Nelson Rivera and Armando Serrano will try to get to more remote parts of the Island to see if TWU volunteers would be helpful there.
 
Photo: The Local 100 advance team of Nelson Rivera, Willie Rivera and Armando Serrano located the grandmother of a member back home worried about her condition.  Grandma is doing fine and was very happy to see the union team from New York.
 
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TWU Mourns Conductor Steven Anthony Vazquez, 28

The officers and members of TWU Local 100 mourn the untimely passing of Conductor Steven Anthony Vazquez on Sunday, October 8. A loving son, brother, and friend, he loved his city and cherished his ability to serve it for the past four years with NYCT. Please join us in celebrating Steven’s life on October 12th from 2 to 5 PM and from 7 to 9 PM at Morton Funeral Home/Ridgewood Chapels, 663 Grandview Avenue, in Ridgewood, NY 11385. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the GBS l CIPD Foundation International through this link.

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