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Family Day Rocks with Record Crowd of 6,000

TWU Local 100 Family Day brought thousands of transit workers and their families out to MCU Park on June 1, which turned out to be a perfect day. Three buses arrived from Philadelphia, bearing brothers and sisters from Local 234 (SEPTA), ready to play ball. And how! Both the PA men's and women's team prevailed over the home team, and we're looking for a re-match next year! Local 100 did take the contest with New Jersey's TWU Local 229. Besides playing hard, transit workers partied hard, with plenty of food, drink, and thrilling rides. Watch our Facebook page and our slideshow for lots of pix!

Stand Back! TWU Local 100 Shoots Rap Video to Warn Riders

Coming off a particularly devastating weekend for transit riders, where four were hit by trains and killed in 36 hours, TWU Local 100 is releasing our "Stand Back" video, highlighting our common-sense solutions for stopping the carnage on the rails -- in a way that we hope will capture public attention and support. Watch -- and stand back!

A Train Stars as Rockaway Stations Come Back On Line

Train Operator Derrick Sherry drove the first A train out to Beach 116th Street in the Rockaways. Fittingly, it was a very special train: cars from the 40's, 50's, and 60's showed the continuity of transit's historic record of service to New Yorkers. In remarks at a ribbon cutting also attended by Interim Executive Director Tom Prendergast, Acting MTA Chairman Freddie Ferrer said that New York "is one city," and that the fast work in rebuilding the damaged tracks after Hurricane Sandy showed the MTA's commitment to the entire community. Much of the work was done by contractors, but incoming NYCT President Carmen Bianco took pains to thank the members of TWU Local 100 for our contribution in repairing "miles of signal, power and communications wires," and restoring track infrastructure. Transit even baked cookies for the occasion, such as the one Brother Sherry is holding up in the photo. Stay tuned for complete coverage in the next TWU Bulletin.

Trip Down Memory Lane

Commuters taking the A Train on May 30th were treated to a nostalgic trip through the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s when they boarded historic subway cars running from 116th Street in the Rockaways up to Washington Heights in Manhattan. The train was put in service for the day to celebrate our on-time, on-budget restoration of the A train tracks through the Rockaway peninsula in time for beach weather.

CO-OP City Says: We Want Our Buses Back!

400 Co-Op City residents, most of them seniors, packed the community hall at 177 Dreiser Loop to hear their own elected representatives, public officials, and TWU Local 100 demand full-scale restorations of bus lines cut by the MTA in 2010. Residents like Dorothy Cates (at right, in green suit and cap) want the Bx 26 and Bx 28 lines back in service. Cates says she has a hard time getting to her church, Community Protestant on Gun Hill Road, without those buses. Helen Atkins, President of the Board of Directors of Riverbay Corp, that runs the 50,000-person development, spoke for the crowd when she said that Co-Op City wasn't built with cars in mind -- that mass transit is essential to its functioning. TWU Local 100 Administrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux, speaking as a Bus Operator with decades of experience, drew applause when he spoke of the consequences of overcrowding on buses. He detailed the scope of the cuts, breaking out each line that was reduced or eliminated. Political Action Director Marvin Holland said that the Union, along with political leaders and residents, are targeting the MTA's July Board of Directors meeting for a resolution of the issue. Most audience members signed Local 100 petitions to restore the bus service, and many wrote down their personal stories of hardships because of the bus cuts. Also lending their strong support were Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Councilmembers Jimmy Vacca and Andy King. Sign the petition here.

TWU Supporting Legal Services Strike

Members of UAW Legal Services Staff Local 2320 took their strike to the streets on May 22, marching from their offices at 40 Worth Street in lower Manhattan to the boss’s apartment just around the corner at 90 Hudson, the residence of Legal Services Exec Director Raun J. Rasmussen. The big non-profit gives free help to New Yorkers who can't afford an attorney in civil cases. Marching in solidarity were TWU Local 100 Executive Board Member Tareque Ahmed, Dexter Victory from our Organizing Department, and Staff Attorney Ursula Levelt. The legal services staff says that management is directing the grant money that funds the organization into upper management salaries, and is demanding cuts in health care benefits and pensions. The boisterous demonstration that brought about 100 staffers out was highlighted by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra’s marching music. About a half dozen officers from the NYPD’s Disorder Control Unit with motorcycle and sector car support made sure that the legal services workers didn’t violate the law when they stepped out. The workers ask that brother and sister union members follow and like them on Facebook at

The Union's top leadership heard from clergy in Central Brooklyn
The Union's top leadership heard from clergy in Central Brooklyn

Clergy, Union Ally for Youth Training

TWU Local 100 is moving with community church leaders to tell kids enrolled in or just graduating from High School that good-paying transit jobs are out there – and that they’re within reach, given the proper training. It’s a message that 23 clergymen and women, representing over 10,000 parishioners, found welcome during an issues breakfast in Central Brooklyn on May 14.

The gathering, organized by the Union’s Political Action Committee, featured a discussion between clergy and top Union leadership, including President John Samuelsen and Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp-Sauray, who both attended. The partnership between the Union and clergy is a natural one: both have a stake in economic development of the local community – and that means good jobs.

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New Relief Available
New Relief Available

City Opens Web Portal for New Sandy Assistance

The City of New York has just announced that new funds will be available to homeowners who lost their homes or suffered damage due to Hurricane Sandy. The money will become available in June and you can access the site here. According to the website, "New Yorkers living and working in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy face many challenges as they rebuild their homes, restore their businesses and get their lives back to normal. This site provides access to information on the City's efforts to help New Yorkers recover from the devastating effects of the storm. Are you a New York City resident whose primary home or building was damaged during Hurricane Sandy? You may be eligible for assistance. Registration for the program will begin in early June." The money is coming from the Federal government.

TWU Veterans found a receptive audience in legislators
TWU Veterans found a receptive audience in legislators

Veterans' Lobby Day A Solid Step Forward

Calling it "an amazing success," and "the best lobby day I've been to" Local 100 officers came back from Albany May 7th in high spirits. RTO Vice President Kevin Harrington said the day was a powerful follow-up to the union's March 12th Lobby Day for a very concrete reason: State Senator Bill Larkin (RC-Cornwall-on-Hudson), a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 23 years in active duty with the U. S. Army, heard TWU veterans on that day and promised he would get involved. Larkin delivered big-time, co-sponsoring a bill with Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Westchester) which covers all veterans who are members of public retirement systems, allowing them to obtain pension credit for military service. IB ImageTheir bill, A. 6974/S. 4714, would consolidate at least five separate veterans bills that are now pending. 27 TWU Local 100 veterans came to Albany, and spent the day lobbying 30 legislators, speaking mainly to the principals and not aides. Brothers and Sisters, note those bill numbers and get ready to march!

Getting organized at Quality Transportation

On May 6, TWU Local 100 held an informational meeting for school bus workers who recently voted by an overwhelming margin to join Local 100. The purpose of the meeting was to keep the Brothers and Sisters at Quality in Brooklyn informed of the progress of the fight to install our union as their recognized bargaining agent.

Despite the 111-7 margin for Local 100 in the April 23 representation vote, Quality management has filed a series of protests with the NLRB to slow down the process, hoping to demoralize the Quality workers.

At the meeting, speaking for the union, Curtis Tate declared: “You are members of the TWU family.” Several Quality workers spoke, declaring their intent to stand together and stand by their vote.

The gathering concluded with a surprise birthday party for Nadine Jerome, a member of the organizing committee at Quality. We wish Nadine and the whole TWU Local 100 family at Quality many happy returns.

TWU Local 100 family at Quality

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