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Yoga, Relaxation Classes Come to the Union Hall

Local 100 will present relaxation and yoga classes at the Union Hall beginning later this month. The relaxation sessions include guided relaxation, breathing, and aromatherapy. The Yogatation class will teach techniques that you can apply anytime you want a healthy break during your workday.

Relaxation classes take place on Fridays: May 17th, June 14th, and July 12th. Sessions last 30 minutes, and four are scheduled on each day from 2PM to 4PM.

Yogatation takes place on 11 Fridays from April 26th through July 26th in two one-hour sessions from 2PM and 3PM and from 3PM to 4PM.


Mike Quill in 1938
Mike Quill in 1938

Today 4/12 Marks 90 Years Since the Union Began

On April 12, 1934, seven men met in a Columbus Circle cafeteria after a hard night’s work on the IRT to find a way to fight the transit companies which had trampled workers’ rights into bitter dust. They knew that in past years – 1905, 1910, 1916, strikes had failed to create a union.

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Member Services at 149 Pierrepont to Re-Open Next Week

After remediation from a minor flood at the facility, the Union's Member Services Office at 149 Pierrepont Street (the street adjacent to the Union Hall looking north) will re-open during the week of April 15th. We look forward to helping union members with their needs regarding health care, and other services or issues that require support. We are on the first floor and you do not need an appointment.

Eid Al Fitr Mubarak

Sending all our love and blessings! Eid Mubarak!

Union Retirees Covered for Treatment at New York's Premier Cancer Hospital

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In response to the Union's request for clarification, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York's premier cancer hospital, has clarified that the hospital accepts our retirees' Aetna Medicare Advantage plan as "in network" coverage as a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization). You can read the relevant section of the Memorial Sloan Kettering website here. This Aetna coverage is accepted at MSK for NYC Transit Retirees only, according to the site.

"Retirees can rest assured that their coverage at MSK is in good hands and is in force," said Local 100's Director of Health Benefits, Chris Lightbourne. "The commercial plan that active members participate in has had Sloan as a participating provider for years. If individual members are having difficulty with Sloan being an in-network provider, please provide member details and what facilities are involved and Aetna can then investigate," he said. You can reach the Union at:

Pilot Program Will Test Gun Detection in Subways

MARCH 28 -- Stations VP Robert Kelley along with MOW Power Division Vice Chair Celeste Kirkland, who leads our Safety Department, attended Mayor Eric Adams’s press conference today at the Fulton Street Station in Manhattan. Adams announced a new-tech scanner to aid in detecting guns and other dangerous weapons people may attempt to carry into our transit system. The technology is said to be smart enough to detect the difference between a gun and a phone. Local 100 was present for the demonstration and will keep members updated for further developments.

Pre-Retirement Seminar Set for April 19th

Considering retirement from transit? You don't want to miss our info-packed pre-retirement seminar on Friday, April 19th, at the Union Hall in downtown Brooklyn. Just click here go to the link to register. This presentation will be both on Zoom and live in person. You can also download the flyer here and scan the QR to register.

We Commemorate the Workers Killed at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire -- 113 Years Ago

MARCH 25 -- Today marks the 113th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in Greenwich Village in 1911. It was the greatest industrial disaster in the history of the city, causing the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and girls and 23 men – who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, falling, or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Italian or Jewish immigrant women and girls.

Because the doors to the stairwells and exits were locked – a common practice at the time to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to reduce theft – many of the workers could not escape from the burning building and jumped from the high windows. There were no sprinklers in the building. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers. It paved the way for safety rules and fire regulations which have protected millions of workers to date.

Remembering the tragic fire and the union's vital role in protecting workers, we say along with Mother Jones: Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.

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