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Media Covers Tragic Death of Brother Hilarion Joseph

CBS Reports on the death of Track Worker Hilarion Joseph on Nov. 29th. The story was also covered by most local TV stations and news radio stations, as well as the New York Daily News, the NY Post, and Gothamist.

Statement from Richard Davis on Line of Duty Death this Morning


Brothers and Sisters.

This morning, I reported to the scene of the incident that resulted in the loss of one of our members from the Track Division. It is with heavy hearts that we share the unfortunate news that our fellow member was involved in a tragic incident with a train. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time. An ongoing investigation is underway.

In light of this, please be advised that a 24 hour safety stand down for right of way is being issued effective immediately.

I want to assure my full support to the family and any affected members during this tragic event. Today we grieve the loss of one of our own, and it is crucial that we come together in solidarity. We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available. Please take care of yourselves and one another.

With deepest sympathy,
Richard Davis, President

Table Tennis Tourney in Car Equipment Building Cameraderie

NOVEMBER 15 – The competitive spirit is alive and well in Car Equipment, where over 50 members are competing in a table tennis tournament starting this month.

Organized by CED member Lyubomyr Kharko, who previously organized a chess tourney, table tennis action has gotten underway across the system at Coney Island Overhaul, 207 Street Overhaul, East New York Maintenance, and Pelham Barn.

November is for preliminary rounds, so members from Car Equipment can still sign up to play. Four winners will be decided at the final stage of competition in December. Members are competing at lunchbreaks and on their own time, which works because of the quick nature of play.

CED Executive Board Member Gregory Dunichev, who secured the support of TWU Local 100, says the fun has a positive side beside the joy of competitive sport – members get into better physical shape, and cheering on friends boosts camaraderie and union spirit.

Chinese Day 2023 -- A Great Evening in Sunset Park

Chinese Day 2023Hundreds of Union members came to our annual Chinese Day celebration in Sunset Park, including longtime political ally State Senator John Liu. Here are photos from the event.

Italian Day 2023 -- Enjoy the Photos

Italian Day 2023 Our Italian Day this year took place on October 25th at a new venue -- The Church of Saints Simon & Jude at 185 Van Sicklen St. in Brooklyn. A great time was had by all, especially the kids!

Greetings on Diwali

NOVEMBER 11 -- Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world. Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Local 100 greets our many Indian and South Asian members in the spirit of Diwali.

Richard Davis, President

Arbitration Win Sets the Record Straight

In a decision on 10/31/23, Arbitrator Howard C. Edelman, Esq. ruled "The Employers' unilateral action in changing the clear and consistent application of Sections 3.5(E) and 6.2 (A) (2) (d) violated the collective bargaining agreement, embodied in the longstanding past practice established by the parties to the extent indicated herein. Employers shall cease and desist from its current application of the provisions at issue." This verdict reinforces our commitment to upholding the terms of our collective bargaining agreement and maintaining consistency in our practices.

In light of recent claims made, the attached PDF letters, one from Carrube, head of the supervisors association, and our response, set the record straight and address the matters raised.

See below:

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For a comprehensive understanding of the situation and to view the full arbitration details, you can access these documents here.


Bus Op. Felix Checo's Quick Thinking Saves a Life!


Dubbed an MTA Hero by ABC News, Felix Checo, a dedicated TWU Local 100 Member saved a life last month.

On October 3, while Checo was at the helm of the Bx9 bus, he received word that a passenger had become unconscious. Checo promptly secured the bus, ensuring the safety of the passengers on board, and facilitated their exit. He then immediately attended to the distressed passenger. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, Checo took swift action by dialing 911 for assistance. 

Given that EMS services were delayed due to traffic congestion, he initiated life-saving chest compressions and CPR. Within minutes, the EMS team arrived, taking charge of the situation and efficiently transporting the unconscious passenger to the hospital. It is largely thanks to the swift and skilled response by Felix Checo that the customer regained consciousness. The New York Police Department promptly informed the Department of Buses about this positive turn of events, underlining Checo's instrumental role in this life-saving incident.


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