By Kismet Barksdale
NEW YORK, NY (May 12, 2011) Officers of a dozen unions representing 60,000 employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority elected two union leaders, John Samuelsen of TWU Local 100 and Angelo Tanzi of ATU Local 726, to serve as Chair and Co Chair of the MTA Labor Coalition. The Coalition, which has a history going back to 1991, has been reinvigorated and intends to aggressively fight to defend the wages and working conditions of members represented by each Coalition union, and to campaign for improved worker safety, Samuelsen said.
April 22, 2011
By Stephanie West
Most New York City unions seem to be taking a pass on Earth Day, but not TWU Local 100, which sent out an e-blast of an environmentally themed flyer encouraging transit workers to call their legislators to support a transit “lock box” bill.
The legislation, A.6766/S.4257, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Brennan and State Senator Marty Golden, is the TWU’s attempt to send a message to State government that mass transit funding already slashed by $100 million this fiscal year must not be cut further.
January 13, 2011
By Kismet Barksdale
TWU Local 100's annual Widows & Orphans Gala on January 11 brought out both City and State Comptrollers, as well as Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio to honor the dozen train and bus operators who have fallen in the line of duty over the last decade.
The event raised about $50,000 for the Fund, which covers medical expenses and college tuition for beneficiaries.
Local 100 President John Samuelsen, as a former Division Chair for Track, responded to many of the subway fatalities himself, and knew many the deceased workers personally. He was joined at the head table by Renee Byfield McPhaul, the widow of former track worker Samuel McPhaul, who died in 2001 when he fell onto the third rail in a dark tunnel. Also at the table were State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, and TWU Local 100 Secretary Benita Johnson, who acted as the evening's Mistress of Ceremonies, and Local 100 Adminstrative Vice President Angel Giboyeaux.
September 27, 2010
By the resounding margin of 75-38, Local 100 defeated a rogue “union” affiliated with the notorious Industrial Union of Journeymen and Allied Trades (IUJAT) in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board on September 24 at Bauman Bus in Ossining, New York. The election was prompted by a representation petition filed by the IUJAT claiming the workers no longer wanted to be members of the TWU.
“It was a clear demonstration that our members didn’t believe the lies and false promises of the IUJAT organizers. We demonstrated to the workers the truth of our commitment and that’s what led us to victory,” said John Samuelsen, President of TWU Local 100.