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President Samuelsen with Senator Dilan
President Samuelsen with Senator Dilan

State Senate passes moratorium on booth closings

By a 46-15 margin, the New York State Senate has passed a bill that would place a moratorium on booth closings pending a study on the implications for security against terrorist and criminal activity. The bill also outlines conditions under which trains in passenger service must be fully crewed with both a Train Operator and a Conductor.

This bill, whose lead sponsor is Senate Transportation Committee Chair Martin Dilan, has a counterpart now pending in the Assembly, sponsored by Assembly Member Keith Wright and 16 others. The Assembly version has now had its third reading, a required step before it can be put to a vote.

The passage of this bill by the Senate - which failed to pass a similar bill several years earlier - is an important victory for transit workers and our riders. The Senators who stepped up for safety and security deserve acknowledgement.

The Senate has gotten the ball rolling. To finish the job, the Assembly needs to pass  Bill 1483A .

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War on Public Workers

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Judge Sets July 22 Hearing in Disabled Lawsuit

Friday, June 25, 2010 -- Court papers were filed today by the Strazzullo Law Firm on behalf of three disabled Bay Ridge residents in conjunction with City Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge) and State Senator Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge). The court filing, on behalf of Jean Ryan, Pamela Talkovsky, and Jen Halbert, sought to enjoin the MTA and New York City Transit from going ahead with scheduled June 27 service cuts including the B2, B4, B16, B23, B31, B64, X27, X37, and X37 lines. After a hearing before Judge Kenneth Sherman, a July 22 date was set to hear arguments.
 

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Your Union Will Not Abandon You

Help Desk for Laid Off Members

 

Local 100 has established a "HELP DESK" to provide you with a continuing resource to ensure that your Seniority and Civil Service rights are protected.

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Gertrude Taylor holds photos of her brother Alvin Taylor, who is currently on tour of duty in Afghanistan and is facing losing his job as an MTA bus driver.
Gertrude Taylor holds photos of her brother Alvin Taylor, who is currently on tour of duty in Afghanistan and is facing losing his job as an MTA bus driver.

MTA layoffs: Bus drivers fighting in Iraq War get rude 'Welcome Home'

Two city bus drivers who were sent to war in Iraq and Afghanistan are getting pink slips instead of yellow ribbons.

Sgts. Alvin Taylor and Anddy (Angel) Moreno, bus drivers called up to serve overseas, are set to lose their civilian jobs this weekend as part of massive transit budget cuts.

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Sen. Charles Schumer calls for greater federal role in funding transit operations

Sen. Schumer's Message: Preserve Public Transportation

Saying that it is time for the Federal Government “to step up to the plate” for public transportation, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) presented a powerful endorsement of new legislation that would provide an emergency infusion of cash to struggling transit agencies across America.

Sen. Schumer was the keynote speaker at a press conference on Friday June 11, 2010 outside Penn Station. The Senator joined TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, TWU International Executive Vice President Harry Lombardo, Amalgamated Transit Union International Vice President Larry Hanley and a host of other supporters at the event to insist on passage of the Public Transportation Preservation Act of 2010.

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de Blasio, Straphangers: Put Station Agents Back on the Job

On June 10, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio held a rally with dozens of transit workers and straphanger advocates calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to comply with a recent judicial ruling ordering the agency to rehire 260 station agents who were recently laid off and to re-open 42 token booths that were closed.

“We cannot cut corners when it comes to straphangers’ safety,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. “New Yorkers who depend on station agents for security and essential services deserve a chance to have their voices heard. The MTA’s new public hearings will only work if they listen to New Yorkers and commit to incorporating their feedback before final decisions get made.”

“The riding public has a simple and clear message for transit officials: We want the security and convenience of our station clerks back,” said Gene Russianoff, staff attorney for the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign, a transit riders group.

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