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Bus Safety Update

JULY 7 -- Teams of MTA police officers are now riding local buses – potentially providing a much-needed uniformed presence that will deter some of the assaults being inflicted on Bus Operators, TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano and Secretary-Treasurer Richard Davis announced today, Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Local 100, meanwhile, has formed an Employee Safety Committee of Surface Transportation with the Amalgamated Transit Union leadership and NYC Transit to develop additional recommendations to reduce assaults and the risk of injury from other hazards – and to monitor and give input on police deployment, Utano and Davis announced.

Rank-and-file Bus Operators also will have a seat at the table, Utano and Davis said. The task force will include a committee that has a Bus Operator from each depot. Victims of assaults themselves also will be on the committee.

“I believe we are making real progress,” Utano said. “We’ve made a big push to get police on buses, but we need more, and we need involvement from the NYPD.” Davis, who also serves as Local 100 Safety Director, said the MTA police teams and task force builds upon his initiative to restructure and reinvigorate the Safety Department, which will also be involved in this task force.

The MTA has told the union that the MTA police officers are being deployed to “hot spot” segments of bus routes where assaults have been particularly problematic. The targeted areas are identified by MTA Security, which has also directed some of its Eagle Teams to pay attention to local buses.

Victims of Russia’s Brutal War in Ukraine Get Help From TWU Local 100

With the devastating war in Ukraine entering its fifth month, union members have stepped up to render humanitarian assistance. Organized by CED Exec Board Member Grigoryi Dunichev, who hails from Ukraine, the charity drive for TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, raised $9,600 from the membership. Local 100 contributed an additional $10,000, making the total nearly $20,000.

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Congratulations to Liberty Lines Bus Operator Anthony A. McCaffrey on his retirement – after 44 years of uninterrupted service in Westchester.
McCaffrey started as an office worker in 1978 right out of high school before switching over eight years later to Bus Operator, a job he did to perfection without an accident on his record, said TWU Local 100 Private Operations Division Chair Carlos Bernabel. He is retiring out of the Valhalla Depot.
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TWU Local 100 emphatically supports state legislation declaring our mass transit system a “sensitive location” where concealed firearms will be prohibited along with other locations like courts, hospitals, and schools.
“The last thing we need in the transit system is more riders with guns on their hips,” Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “It’s a crowded and confined space where tempers can flare. Only a pro-gun zealot could be against common-sense gun restrictions that include our bus and subway system.”
Gov. Hochul called the state Legislature back into session on Thursday to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that declared unconstitutional a New York law that strictly limited who could carry weapons outside of their homes.

Local 100 at Gov. Hochul & Lt. Gov. Victory Party

Celebrating Gov. Hochul and Lt. Gov. Delgado’s primary victory: Local 100 Pres. Tony Utano, NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, L100 PAC Director Sharase DeBouse, L100 Secretary-Treasurer Richard Davis and Queens Borough Pres. Donovan Richards. Go Kathy Go!

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TWU Local 100 with NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards

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Scholarships Totaling $127,500 Awarded to Help Our College Students

Paying for a child’s college education is a heavy lift, but Transport Workers Union Local 100 extended a helping hand today with a drawing to award scholarships totaling $127,500

A total of 61 winners will receive awards ranging from $1,500 up to $10,000 to go towards their higher education costs.

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TWU Local 100 at NYC's Pride Parade (pics)

Pride Parade 2022

The lively & colorful NYC Pride Parade was back to its full glory Sunday, and TWU Local 100 was there in force.
More than 100 members, friends, and family members marched or rode vehicles festooned with balloons, flags & banners.
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Gov. Signs Assault Bill

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation designed to protect more transit workers from assaults, culminating a campaign Transport Workers Union Local 100 spearheaded in Albany.
The bill authorizes stiffer charges and penalties for individuals who assault transit workers with duties that include repairing, inspecting, and maintaining equipment, like subway tracks, turnstiles, and buses. Several of the more public-facing titles like Train Conductor, Train Operator, Bus Operator, Station Agent and Cleaner already were covered by state criminal law, which enables police and prosecutors to charge assailants who seriously injure transit workers with second-degree felony assault.
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The Bronx Local Bus Network Redesign launched this morning, Sunday, June 26, 2022, and the first big test is tomorrow, Monday, when weekday commuters start riding.
This major re-design features two new bus routes, 13 altered bus routes, and the elimination of 400 bus stops – meaning longer walks for bus service. Anticipating that some riders will be confused, frustrated, and even irate, TWU Local 100 President Utano, Secretary-Treasurer Richard Davis, MaBSTOA Vice President Donald Yates, and officers from the union Safety Department have been having top-level meetings with MTA management, the MTA Police, and the MTA Security Department. We pushed the MTA to add or enhance several safety measures, including:
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Sec-Treas. Davis Accepts NAACP Award On Behalf of Workforce


JUNE 24 -- Secretary-Treasurer Richard Davis (center) accepts the Freedom Award from the New York Branch of the NAACP at a gala event also attended by union officers and Shop Stewards as well as political leaders, including State Senator Robert Jackson (at left). Davis accepted the award on behalf of the 110 union members who died during the COVID pandemic as they kept New York moving.

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