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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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President Samuelsen on Good Day New York - June 9

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WPIX: What else does the MTA have up its sleeve?

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Fox5: Judge Delays Booth Closings

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Court Puts Booth Closings on Hold

This afternoon, State Supreme Court Judge Saliann Scarpulla ordered the MTA to keep booths and kiosks open pending public hearings. The ruling did not address layoffs.

Judge Scarpulla's decision is an important step in the fight to save service and jobs. It is not, however, a final victory.

While threatening to appeal the ruling, the MTA is also calling an emergency board meeting to approve another round of public hearings. They are not giving up on the cuts; they are just trying to make them legal.

The fight continues.

President Samuelsen’s statement to the press follows.

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Fox5: MTA brass pull down big $ amid crisis

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Labor's tough customers: The city's new breed of old-school union leaders are ready to rumble

Daily News Op-Ed
by Philip Dine
May 30, 2010

Listen to some new labor leaders on the New York City scene, and you might think we're back in the union movement's take-no-prisoners days of the 1930s. We're not, of course, but something intriguing is going on - and it has national implications.

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Bus Operators to Walder: Stop Hustling!

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Union Files Charge Against MTA Health Care “Audit”

Local 100 members recently received a letter from MTA NYC Transit asking for copies of dependent birth certificates and other documents to “audit” health care coverage. The letter says members have until June 21 to supply the information or dependant coverage will be terminated.

Local 100 contends that NYC Transit cannot ask for such documentation. We have filed an improper practice charge at the Public Employee Relations Board along with other locals representing transit employees.

At the same time, we urge members to comply until we get a ruling from PERB halting this improper practice. Nobody’s dependent coverage should be put at risk, even for a day.

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