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Goble Assailant Declared Unfit for Trial; Union Demands Justice

SEPTEMBER 18 -- Garrett Goble's assailant, Nathaniel Avinger, was declared mentally unfit to stand trial – for now, authorities said in court Monday.

Nathaniel Avinger will remain in custody in a psychiatric facility. The case against him remains open, and the prosecution will proceed when his mental state improves, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said.

“This criminal needs to be held accountable for this heinous crime,” Local 100 President Richard Davis said. “We will keep an eye on the case, and when it returns to court, we will continue to demand justice for Garrett. A day doesn’t go by that Local 100 doesn’t mourn the loss of our union brother.”

Avinger set fire to a shopping cart on Goble’s train as it traveled in Harlem in March 2020. After the train car burst into flames, Goble, the father of two children, helped evacuate riders. He became overwhelmed by the thick smoke and died.

Local 100 has established a scholarship in his honor.

Grievance Win on Station Agent Pay

Local 100 caught the MTA shortchanging hundreds of Station Agents on their pay – and now the Authority must cut retro checks to the affected members.

The MTA was not fully applying a $1 pay-rate increase to Station Agents who have less than five full years on the job. The rate increase was part of a union-management agreement allowing Station Agents to work outside their booths that went into effect March 30, 2023. It is supposed to be applied to all Station Agents, not just more veteran workers.

Stations Vice President Robert Kelley filed a grievance. The MTA saw the writing on the wall and agreed to settle the case by agreeing in writing to provide retro pay going back to March 30, 2023, union counsel Arthur Schwartz said. The size of each retro check will depend on a worker’s date of hire, but the affected agents are expected to receive payments worth several hundred dollars.

“This is another example of our union staying on top of things,” Local 100 President Richard Davis said. “We will keep calling out the Authority when it doesn’t live up to the contract. That’s our job, and we will continue to be vigilant.”

Join Us for our Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration

¡Hola, TWU Local 100 Members! We are excited to invite you to our vibrant and lively Hispanic Heritage Day Celebration, which will take place on October 4th, 2023. This event promises to be a cultural extravaganza that celebrates the rich traditions, heritage, and contributions of the Hispanic community within our union. 

Date: October 4th, 2023

Time: 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: TWU Local 100 Union Hall • 195 Montague St. Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Caribbean Pride Rings Throughout Brooklyn

West Indian Day Parade 2023

SEPTEMBER 4 -- Dedicated organizing brought a record turnout of transit workers to the massive West Indian American Day Carnival on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Kicking things off, Grand Marshal and TWU Local 100 President Richard Davis was honored by parade organizers at a dignitaries' breakfast before the event got underway. Then, Davis cut the ceremonial ribbon with NYS Governor Kathy Hochul and other Marshals to begin the festivities. Food in abundance was provided by two West Indian caterers at Local 100's mass camp at Bedford Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

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Attention TWU Local 100 Members:

SEPTEMBER 7, 2023 --

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

The Transit Authority has outrageously unilaterally implemented a new policy which denies the four hour bonus when you work an RDO— if you haven’t worked at least three days in the same week that you work the RDO. (This does not affect overtime during your regular work days.)

Let me be perfectly clear, the Union did not agree to this change!

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Making it Official, 9/11 Museum to Honor Transit Workers

22 years ago when the Towers fell, 3500 transit workers rushed to Ground Zero to engage in the rescue and recovery effort, believing as most observers did, that hundreds of survivors may be alive under the rubble. Most were assigned by New York City Transit to the scene -- not only because transit property was at stake, but also because only NYCT had the heavy equipment needed to remove debris, smashed cars, and iron beams so that first responders to get to the pile. We set up telecommunications equipment at the scene for first responders, conducted a massive clean-up after removing debris, and set up lighting towers to rescuers could work through the night. Our work trains removed thousands of tons of debris via subway tunnels.

Most members of the general public did not know that story -- but that's changing. This August, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, where the world goes to understand that happened on 9/11/01, agreed to feature transit worker artifacts and stories within their exhibit space. On August 21, we held our annual medal ceremony for members injured or made ill at 9/11 at the Museum. Local 100 President Richard Davis was joined by 9/11 Memorial and Museum CEO Beth Hillman and NYC Transit President Richard Davey. You can see photos of the event here.

Recording Secretary Latonya Crisp speaking after being honored at the 2023 Breast Cancer Walk Kickoff in the Bronx
Recording Secretary Latonya Crisp speaking after being honored at the 2023 Breast Cancer Walk Kickoff in the Bronx

Promises Kept: Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp to be Honored at Cancer Walk

Amidst thousands of joyous revelers, colorful floats, and waving flags, Local 100 Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp marched in the NYC Pride Parade in Greenwich Village last year with a personal secret. She had cancer. Crisp had received the shocking cancer diagnosis just two days earlier. She was in great pain. Still, she was determined to keep her word.

“I made a promise to the Local 100 members of the LGBT community that I would be there for the parade, and nothing was going to stop me,” she said.

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TWU Remembers the March on Washington, 60 Years Ago

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023 -- Thousands are gathering in Washington DC today to mark the 60th Anniversary of the historic 1963 Civil Rights march to the National Mall. It was there that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech before a stunningly large crowd of 250,000 people. Richard Davis, President of TWU Local 100, said: "The anniversary reminds me of our union’s proud history in the fight against racism, starting in the 1930s with TWU’s founder, Michael J. Quill, vowing the union would support workers “regardless of race, color, or nationality.”

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Dominican Day 2023!

Dominican Day 2023

TWU Local 100, led by President Davis, proudly stepped up onto 6th Avenue in Manhattan on Sunday, August 13th. Union members marched, danced, and enjoyed great Dominican food. President Davis made the rounds, greeting politicians including our close ally Congressman Adriano Espaillat, who recently championed the cause of our restricted duty personnel manning the elevators in upper Manhattan. He also met with Dominican President Luis Abinader. Enjoy the photos!

Manhattanville Depot Chair Tracey Young to be Honored at Cancer Society Walk

Tracey Young has been battling cancer for approximately two years: major surgery, chemotherapy, and its side effects. But you won't find Young sulking at home. Young - the first-ever female chair at Manhattanville Bus Depot - will be at her post by 6:30 a.m. weekdays to help union members with issues like scheduling, working conditions, and disciplinary matters. "I don't want to sit home dwelling on being sick," Young said. "I want to fight, and part of fighting is coming to work," Young said. She also wants to inspire others with cancer to be strong. "You can't give up, " Young said. "If you give up, this cancer will eat you up alive."

TWU Local 100 members can help raise funds for cancer research, and recognize Chairwoman Young, on Oct. 15 by participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Central Park. The Working Women's Committee & Family Assistance has selected Young as an "honored sister" for the union contingent participating. You can register today. "We want a big turnout, not just to help the American Cancer Society, but to recognize our union sister, Tracey," said, Giselle Martinez, Working Women's Committee and Family Assistance Coordinator. "She is an amazing woman who inspires many." For those unable to make it to the Central Park Walk on October 15th, TWU Local 100 also will be walking in support of the American Cancer Society in the Bronx on Oct 22.

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