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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.

TWU Mourns Track Worker Anthony Peter Fiorentino, 69

We regret to announce the passing of Track Worker Anthony Peter Fiorentino, loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, at the age of 69. He was a resident of Midland Beach since 1994. He died suddenly on Sept. 14, 2017. Anthony grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from East New York High School. He served in Vietnam in the Air Force. He worked for the United States Postal Service, and retired after 30 years as a trackman and welder from NYC Transit. He was well liked and respected on the job. He was a sports fan (especially of the Yankees), and rescued many cats. Anthony was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Olympia "Rita" (Milano). He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Mary; his daughter, Cherise; stepdaughter, Jacklyn; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; seven brothers and sisters, Ann, Margaret, Michael, Josephine, Louise, Peter, George; and many nieces, nephews, and godchildren. (Asking Anthony to be godfather practically guaranteed your child would be a boy.) In his wallet were childhood pictures of Cherise, and granddaughters Tiara and Kianna. Brother Fiorentino was interred last Monday, September 18th, at Resurrection Cemetery on Staten Island.

Arrangements for Station Agent Darryl Goodwin

Here are the arrangements for Station Agent Darryl Goodwin, who passed on August 15th. Goodwin, a 27-year veteran Station Agent with an excellent record, was accused by police of hindering access to the station at Columbus Circle on May 16th. Arrested on what the Union considers trumped up charges, Goodwin was suspended by New York City Transit for 60 days, then had to work overtime in an attempt to recoup his lost earnings while he maintained his innocence. His court proceedings were pending at the time of his death.

Date & Time: Brother Goodwin will be waked on Monday, August 21st from 5 to 7 pm.

Location: the Greater Faith Temple Church of the Living God, at 4214A White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466 between 233rd and 234th Streets in the Bronx.

The funeral service will take place at 7 pm at the same location.

TWU Says, "Fifty-Fifty is Fair"

TWU Local 100 is turning up the heat on Mayor de Blasio for refusing to help pay for the MTA’s comprehensive subway Action Plan – and calling on the city’s representatives on the MTA board to resign if de Blasio doesn’t come through for riders.

Local 100 on Thursday  will launch a television, print and digital advertising campaign demanding de Blasio allocate a fraction of the city’s $4 billion surplus in taxpayer money to reverse the summer of hell facing NYC Subway riders.

The first installment is a 30-second TV commercial that includes riders telling de Blasio to stop playing politics and match the funding pledged by Gov. Cuomo.

“The mayor can’t run and he can’t hide from his responsibility,” TWU International and Local 100 President John Samuelsen said. “This is a crisis. The riders, who are the mayor’s constituents, are suffering. We need real leadership, not finger pointing and political posturing.”

Transit workers and TWU Local 100 elected officers packed the MTA’s monthly board meeting in Manhattan Wednesday morning to show their support for the action plan, which includes increased inspection and maintenance of signals and trains, additional emergency response teams to fix subway cars and signals that fail in service and more aggressive cleaning of tracks and drainage systems.

“It’s a solid plan, and the men and women of TWU are 100-percent on board," Tony Utano, TWU Local 100 Vice President of the Maintenance of Way division, said. “But this is a dead-end track without the necessary funding.

"Without financial support from the state – and the city - riders will be forced to suffer through more delays, more breakdowns and more misery.”

Utano concluded his remarks by saying, the city board members should quit if the mayor doesn’t split the cost of the action plan with the state.

“If the mayor doesn’t want to pay his fair share, the city’s board members should just walk away and resign,” Utano said.

The MTA Action Plan draws heavily from the “Work Boots on the Ground” plan TWU Local 100 developed and shared with transit executives over the last several weeks.

Local 100 represents approximately 38,000 bus and subway workers employed by the MTA. The Action Plan includes hiring an additional 2,400 transit workers, bringing the number of Local 100 members working at the MTA to more than 40,000.

The total membership for Local 100, including bus operators at private school bus companies and bike-share workers, would rise to more than 45,000.

TWU's Fix the Subway Plan Featured on Major Radio Show

JULY 24 -- TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen talks one-on-one with WNYC Radio Host Brian Lehrer about the union's ten-point plan to address subway delays and equipment breakdowns. Samuelsen calls for a massive infusion of cash and additional workers to increase inspections and maintenance of signals and subway cars.

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