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Union Meets with 9/11 Museum; Sets Course Toward Recognition of Transit Workers at Ground Zero

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SEPTEMBER 27 -- President Utano and other union reps met today with curators and executives of the National September 11th Memorial Museum to advance our campaign to obtain recognition for the efforts of transit workers on the pile.

The Museum reached out to request a meeting after the union launched a petition on demanding recognition, and secured widespread media coverage of the campaign. The petition has garnered more than 27,000 signatures thus far.

President Utano and Executive Board Member Mario Galvet, who has been heading up the union's 9/11 recognition project, made the point that in the first 48 hours, NYCT played the critical role of clearing debris crushed vehicles as well as cutting steel to enable first responders to begin rescue efforts.

The Museum's representatives, including Executive VP Clifford Chanin, were receptive to the union's concerns, and asked us to present 9/11 member stories along with artifacts from the rescue and recovery effort for their consideration as museum exhibits.

President Utano volunteered to donate a large screen TV so that the Transit Transit Newsmagazine episode, "Above and Below," could be screened on a continuous loop for museum visitors. He said that when he -- along with many other transit workers -- brings his grandchildren to the museum, they must be able to see the documented critical contributions that transit workers made to the rescue and recovery effort on full display.

In the photo: At today's meeting, the union's reps (on left) included President Utano and Exec Board Member Mario Galvet. In the foreground at left is Julie Booth, the daughter of 9/11 responder and Structure Maintainer Robert Booth.

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Union members in the Career and Salary Unit are mourning the passing on August 30 of Computer Associate 3 Joseph Calisi, 67. At his retirement in 2020 he had 34 years of service with NYCT.

He was a dedicated union activist, working doggedly to organize workers in the Computer titles, producing pamphlets and publications for the effort. Thanks to his tenacity and the commitment of a core group of that formed around him, the unit voted to join TWU Local 100 in 2017.
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“Justice was served,” Haynes said after the proceeding.

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These station patrols by uniformed street-level cops are in addition to those performed by NYPD Transit Bureau officers who are assigned to the subway system full time.

“This is something that had never been done before,” Corey said. “It’s more than 10,000 additional station patrols per week that were not getting done prior.

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In 2022, the employee contribution for Paid Family Leave is .511% of gross wages, with a maximum annual contribution of $423.71, deducted from after-tax wages. If an employee makes less than the NYS average weekly wage of $1,594.57, the deduction will be less.

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