TWU Local 100

TWU Local 100 Transport Workers Union Local 100: Representing 38,000 workers in New York City Transit buses and subways, Bee-Line, and private operations in the Greater New York area.
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The Covid-19 early detection testing program continues into the New Year.Thousands of Local 100 members have now been te...
01/01/2021

The Covid-19 early detection testing program continues into the New Year.

Thousands of Local 100 members have now been tested at depots, yards, MACs and other facilities, and hundreds with the virus have been identified.
Get tested. Protect yourself, your family and co-workers. Help stop the spread.

Click here for the latest testing schedule:
http://www.twulocal100.org/sites/twulocal100.org/files/mta_covid_testing_schedule_12-30-20_-_updated.pdf

Union members in many NYCT Departments are mourning the untimely passing of Terence C. Hooper, Jr., at the young age of ...
12/31/2020

Union members in many NYCT Departments are mourning the untimely passing of Terence C. Hooper, Jr., at the young age of 29. He was a Traffic Checker and had seven years on the job. He was the brother of RTO Executive Board member Kimberly McLaurin, and of Alphonso Kenny of CED, and the son of RTO Train Operator Terence C. Hooper, Sr.

Ms. McLaurin remembered him as "charismatic, intelligent, creative... the best uncle in the world."

Services will be held at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 151 West 128th Street, in Harlem, on Friday January 15, 2021 at 7pm. All are welcome.

DECEMBER 30 -- TWU Local 100 today filed suit in New York State Supreme Court to block the MTA from eliminating 185 tran...
12/31/2020

DECEMBER 30 -- TWU Local 100 today filed suit in New York State Supreme Court to block the MTA from eliminating 185 transit jobs for Station Agents, and in the process leaving more than 400 Stations totally unprotected for part of the day. The suit was filed by union attorney, Arthur Schwartz against MTA Chair Pat Foye and NYCT President Sarah Feinberg. The suit seeks injunctive relief against the MTA/NYCT’s plan to reduce service at Station Booths in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, as well as totally eliminate 20 full time booths, and the conversion of another 7 full time booths to part time booths, beginning January 18, 2021. The Authority’s reduction eliminates “lunch relief” jobs at most stations, meaning the booth will be unmanned for a half-hour three times a day.

The suit charges that the proposed booth closings will reduce public safety at some or all of the affected stations. The elimination will also serve to bar people with disabilities from entering stations during the period when booths are locked. Each Lunch Relief Station Agent covers 6-8 booths per day. Therefore, the 185 Lunch Relief jobs means that for between 1,110 and 1,480 half hour periods each week, booths in every subway station will be locked and closed, according to the suit.

“Local 100 President Tony Utano said: “This is a bad policy for public safety, and an even worse policy for the City’s handicapped riders. Crime is up across the City, and to take transit workers out of their jobs and leave stations totally unmanned for even a few hours a day is unconscionable on the MTA’s part, and should be immediately reversed. Transit workers and transit riders deserve better.”

Local 100 Vice President Robert Kelley, who represents thousands of Stations employees, said: “Station Agents are not just critical to the safety of subway users, they are vital for people with disabilities. People who can't use vending machines, or who need gates buzzed open, need Station Agents. Taking away Station Agents is a slap in the face of disabled New Yorkers.” Kelley added that the MTA maneuver endangers Stations Agents as well as riders. “The elimination of relief jobs also eliminates a key element of security for Station Agents. They are already exposed to assault threats. This just adds to the danger. Management should be ashamed of themselves.”

Two pre-hospital saves credited to Conductor Brittany Bartsch, who is also an EMT. With union officers incl Chair Zachar...
12/30/2020

Two pre-hospital saves credited to Conductor Brittany Bartsch, who is also an EMT. With union officers incl Chair Zachary Arcidiacono and Rep Dedra Brinson. Brittany transitioned from Kevin. She exemplifies the best of our workforce @AFLCIO #TransIsBeautiful @NYSAFLCIO

DECEMBER 29 -- TWU Local 100 was rocked with yet another COVID-19 related death with the demise of Station Agent Alejand...
12/29/2020

DECEMBER 29 -- TWU Local 100 was rocked with yet another COVID-19 related death with the demise of Station Agent Alejandro "Alex" Paredes, 67. Brother Paredes worked the York Street Station on the F Line and had 14 years of service with NYCT. His family is holding a service for him today.

"We have lost another good man to COVID," said Stations Dept. Vice President Robert Kelley. "This disease is still very much with us. Clearly, the precautions we are taking are not enough. As this escalates, we must increase our safety protocols. Since we are essential workers, the government must move quickly to vaccinate transit workers."

MAN CHARGED WITH PUSHING STATION AGENT TO TRACKS        A 27-year-old man was indicted today for allegedly pushing a 70-...
12/29/2020

MAN CHARGED WITH PUSHING STATION AGENT TO TRACKS

A 27-year-old man was indicted today for allegedly pushing a 70-year-old Station Agent to the subway tracks in Brooklyn, fracturing the Agent’s spine.
The vicious attack took place approximately 2 a.m. on Dec. 24 at the Nassau Ave. subway station.
Jhonathan Martinez was indicted by a grand jury in Brooklyn on assault-related felony charges for the G-line attack on SA Kumar Narinder. Martinez faces up to 15 years behind bars.
But a livid TWU Local 100 Vice President, Robert Kelley, blasted the charges as inadequate.
“This was attempted murder,” Kelley said. “He pushed a 70-year-old man to the subway tracks and nearly killed him. My Agent could have been struck by a train or electrocuted if he came in contact with the third rail. This guy should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Kelley also said there needs to be more security in stations for workers, particularly during the overnight shift.
“You can’t leave people out there alone to be killed,” Kelley said. “I’m very disgusted and very disappointed with the lack of protection for my members. It’s only by the grace of God that Kumar is still with us today.”
Police originally charged Martinez with second-degree assault, which carries up to 7 years in prison. Brooklyn prosecutors, however, secured an indictment on the more serious and upgraded charge of first-degree attempted assault, which carries up to 15 years in prison.
“We pushed and pushed them to raise the stakes,” Kelley said. “I’m glad they did. I’m not totally satisfied but we definitely had an impact.”
The subway is supposed to be closed to the public between 1 am and 5 pm for cleaning and disinfecting. Trains operating during those hours are only to be used by first responders and transit workers showing identification.
SA Narinder, who was in the booth, informed Martinez the station was closed – but Martinez jumped the turnstile and went down to one of the platforms anyway.
Minutes later, Narinder went to the platform himself to catch a train to another station to relieve another station agent. (Narinder’s job is to go to various stations and work the booth so the full-time agent can take a meal break).
When a train arrived, the conductor on board told Martinez he couldn’t ride because he wasn’t authorized. Martinez then blocked Narinder from boarding and blocked him from leaving the platform to go back to the booth. Martinez then shoved Narinder in the chest to the tracks (the train had departed). He fell on his back between the two running rails.
“I was inches from the third rail,” Narinder said. “If my hand touched the third rail, I was no more. I was lucky.”
According to the criminal complaint, Martinez also told Narinder to lower his mask because he had COVID-19 it and was going to give it to the Station Agent.
Narinder is in a lot of pain and can barely walk, Kelley said. He suffered a fractured spine, cuts to his knees and forehead, and large bumps to the head.
“Everything is bad,” Narinder said. “Everything hurts. It’s very painful.”
Responding police officers helped Narinder to the platform and arrested Martinez who remained in the station. He is being held in jail on $50,000 bail.
Kelley vowed to bring other union members to future court dates to push for a felony conviction and stiff prison sentence for Martinez. Narinder has been a Station Agent for 20 years.

Photo: Stations VP Robert Kelley talking to Agent Narinder about his ordeal

https://soundcloud.com/twu-local-100/tony-utano-i-believe-in-ny "We All Believe in New York": Local 100 President Tony U...
12/28/2020
Tony Utano - I Believe In NY

https://soundcloud.com/twu-local-100/tony-utano-i-believe-in-ny "We All Believe in New York": Local 100 President Tony Utano had words of hope for New York that began running on 1010 WINS early this morning. The radio station asked a number of well-known New Yorkers to share their thoughts on the future or our City, in spots produced by David Plotkin.

Local 100 President Tony Utano contributes a spot to the 1010WINS series, I believe in NY, featuring prominent New Yorkers carrying optimism for 2010

The Thursday phone banking for the Senate races in Georgia have been switched to Saturdays.
12/24/2020

The Thursday phone banking for the Senate races in Georgia have been switched to Saturdays.

The good works continue as James Pace, Pastor of the Joy Temple Church of God in Christ in Yonkers and a TWU Liberty Lin...
12/24/2020

The good works continue as James Pace, Pastor of the Joy Temple Church of God in Christ in Yonkers and a TWU Liberty Lines driver for more than 35 years collects toys for needy children. With Union Chair for Liberty Lines Carlos Bernabel. #MerryChristmas2020 @AFLCIO
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The Bus Santa has arrived as Grand Avenue Transportation Reps and Div officers dress up in an annual tradition and bring...
12/23/2020

The Bus Santa has arrived as Grand Avenue Transportation Reps and Div officers dress up in an annual tradition and bring toys to the SCO Family Services shelter on Flushing Ave, in Brooklyn. With Div Vice Chair Armando Serrano as Santa. Blessings to all @NYCTBus @AFLCIO #1u

TWU LOCAL 100 RECOGNIZED    A research and advocacy organization with a national reach has granted a public service awar...
12/23/2020
Transit Center Recognizes TWU Local 100

TWU LOCAL 100 RECOGNIZED
A research and advocacy organization with a national reach has granted a public service award to TWU Local 100 for its representation of transit workers during the pandemic.
TransitCenter Executive Director David Bragdon presented the “Special Award for Outstanding Public Service and Contributions to Worker Safety” in a virtual event that can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/oPvqxDqsTDc
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District and the leader of the Cincinnati Better Bus Coalition also were honored for their efforts during the global health crisis that has been devastating: more than 18 million Americans have been infected and approximately 310,000 have died, including more than 90 Local 100 members.
TWU Local 100’s efforts have included: fighting for workers’ right to wear masks and for the MTA to provide PPE; successfully advocating for rear-door boarding of buses and improved partitions; aggressive cleaning and disinfecting protocols; face shields for conductors, and an early-detection program with Covid testing at bus and subway work locations.
“For their fight for worker protections and their commitment to keeping NYC and essential workers moving, TWU Local 100 wins the Frequency for Outstanding Public Service and Contributions to Worker Safety,” the TransitCenter said in the award announcement. “During the early days of the pandemic, as New Yorkers were being urged to stay home if we could, transit workers continued to keep NYC and the essential workers we all depend on moving.
Transit workers were part of our public health response, keeping hospital workers, grocery store workers, government employees, and other essential workers moving, all while needing stronger protections for their own safety.”
The TransitCenter continued: “During this time, Local 100 was dealing with the risks of operating during the outbreak, fighting for worker protections like PPE and stronger distancing measures, expanded sick leave and quarantine policies, and the recognition that transit workers deserved. TWU Local 100 was a leader in this fight, securing protections and raising awareness of worker needs that benefited transit workers nationally.”
MaBSTOA Vice President and Local Chief of Staff Richard Davis accepted the award on behalf of President Utano, Local 100 officers and members.
“Transit workers have always been essential to the day-to-day life of New Yorkers,” Davis said. “We get New Yorkers to their jobs, schools, churches, doctor’s appointments and countless other destinations. But throughout this crisis, transit workers have been more than essential. They have been critical to the city’s very survival. When this pandemic hit, New Yorkers were counting on transit workers being there for them. Transit workers delivered. They stepped up like heroes.”

TWU Local 100 VP for MABSTOA and Chief of Staff Richard Davis accepts award of the Transit Center's Frequency Award for Local 100's membership's work moving ...

Dec. 22. THIS HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED until Jan. 22nd at the request of the defense attorney. The accused remains in ...
12/22/2020

Dec. 22.
THIS HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED until Jan. 22nd at the request of the defense attorney. The accused remains in jail without a bail option.

The MTA today announced that a mural and plaque honoring slain Train Operator Garrett Goble will be placed at the Flatbu...
12/21/2020

The MTA today announced that a mural and plaque honoring slain Train Operator Garrett Goble will be placed at the Flatbush Ave. station, and TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano announced the union will establish a college scholarship in Goble’s name.

Pictured in main group photo: President Tony Utano (Center)outside the Flatbush Ave. subway station with Garrett Goble’s wife, Delilah; his mother Vicki; Local
100 VPs Loegel, Kelley, Davis, and Patafio; Administrative VP Whichard; NYC Transit President Sarah Feinberg, NYPD Transit Police Chief Kathleen O’Reilly and the detectives who arrested the suspect accused of setting the fatal fire in Goble’s train in March.

Utano and the Local 100 officers also gave Delilah presents for the two Goble boys.

12/21/2020
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Covid-19 testing will take place today, Monday, Dec. 21, at these locations: MAC 1, MAC 3 and MAC 5; the Ulmer Park Bus Depot; the College Point Bus Depot; and the 38th St. yard.

For a complete list of locations and dates for the rest of December, click on this link:http://www.twulocal100.org/sites/twulocal100.org/files/mta_covid_testing_schedule_12-15-20_-_updated_1.pdf

As of last week, the early detection/screening program has administered more than 11,000 tests. Approximately 170 MTA workers who were walking around with the virus – but didn’t know it – were identified. This enabled these co-workers to get medical care and quarantine earlier, helping to impede the spread on the job, at home, and in our communities.

Get tested

The Covid-19 relief package that Congressional leaders have agreed upon includes more than $4 billion for the MTA, and a...
12/21/2020

The Covid-19 relief package that Congressional leaders have agreed upon includes more than $4 billion for the MTA, and additional billions for transit agencies across the country. This is a big win for TWU of America, TWU Local 100 and all transit workers. We will keep fighting for funding to protect our jobs.

TWU Local 100 CONFRONTS KILLERTWU Local 100 officers confronted Garrett Goble’s accused killer Friday outside a police p...
12/18/2020

TWU Local 100 CONFRONTS KILLER

TWU Local 100 officers confronted Garrett Goble’s accused killer Friday outside a police precinct with shouts of “Rot in hell, you bastard!” and “Life in prison!”
Police announced Friday morning that they had charged Nathaniel Avinger with arson and murder for the March 27th fire that caused Goble’s death. Hours later, detectives led Avinger from the 28th Police Precinct in Harlem to drive him to Central Booking downtown.
He was greeted outside the NYPD station with venom from the Local 100 contingent, which included RTO Vice President Eric Loegel, Stations Vice President Robert Kelley and Local 100 Administrative Vice President Lynwood Whichard.
Police accuse Avinger of setting a shopping cart on fire on Goble’s No. 2 train. The flames spread and engulfed the first car. Goble, who helped riders evacuate at the 110th St./Central Park North subway station, was found on the tracks in the tunnel.

ARREST IN GARRETT GOBLE MURDER!NYPD announced arrest this morning. Our TO deserves justice.Statement from Transport Work...
12/18/2020

ARREST IN GARRETT GOBLE MURDER!
NYPD announced arrest this morning.
Our TO deserves justice.

Statement from Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano:

This is great news. Every transit worker in the city wants justice for Garrett Goble and his family, and this arrest is a huge first step.

Garrett was a hero, and he was stolen from us. He was out there serving the public during a health crisis. He helped riders evacuate his train after the fire was set. This was a horrific, horrific crime, and Garrett deserves justice. His family deserves justice.

TWU Local 100 wants to thank the NYPD for not giving up. Thank you to the NYPD and all of the police officers and detectives who worked to make this arrest.

In addition to delivering millions of riders to their destinations, Local 100 officers and members are bringing joy to k...
12/18/2020

In addition to delivering millions of riders to their destinations, Local 100 officers and members are bringing joy to kids this holiday season with a series of toy drives for needy children.

TWU Local 100 officers and members collected toys at work sites across the bus and subway system, including the Michael Quill Bus Depot, the 207th St. Overhaul Shop and the Grand Ave. Depot.

The toys are going to homeless children, children in the hospital, the Toys for Tots and other charitable organizations serving the needy.

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