TWU Local 100 Demands Wage Increases

Local 100 members outside MTA headquartersDecember 16, 2011
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter

Outside the MTA’s offices at 2 Broadway about 2,000 TWU Local 100 members and a host of leaders from different unions in solidarity rallied after the union and agency finished their day’s negotiations. Apparently, the two sides still have a lot of negotiating before the contract expires in one month, as the union demands fair wage increases and the agency demands none.  

TWU “Lobby-ing” on Health Care Cuts

John Samuelsen, President TWU Local 100September 12, 2011
By Neal Tepel

A crowd of dozens of transit union members briefly took over the lobby of 180 Livingston Street, an MTA property in Brooklyn where transit worker health benefits are administered. Ignoring attempts by security to restrain the impromptu demonstration, they held signs and spoke angrily about broken promises. TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, who was in the crowd, spoke to reporters, telling them that while MTA managers and executives enjoyed “gold-plated” health coverage, his members had been treated harshly during a health benefits transition earlier this year.

Jay Walks

Jay Walder, MTA Chairman  

July 21, 2011

Statement from TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen on the resignation of MTA Chairman Jay Walder

“Transit workers won’t miss Jay Walder and quite frankly will be glad to see him go. He has been antagonistic to the union and the workers from his first day on the job. His attempt last year to blackmail the union into major pay and other concessions led to gratuitous layoffs.

Bus Operators Recounts Violent Ordeal on the Bx9

Marlene Bien-Aime in hospital bed after the assaultJune 24, 2011

A Bronx grand jury is taking testimony in the case of Bus Operator Marlene Bien-Aime, who was viciously beaten by a teen who boarded her crowded Bx9 bus on Fordham Road Tuesday evening. Along with Local 100 Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips and MABSTOA Division Chair Frank Austin, Bien-Aime talked to the press outside the courthouse sharing new details about the attack.

Senate Passes Lockbox; Assembly Stil Out

June 24, 2011

In a unanimous vote on June 22, 62 State Senators passed the transit lock box bill (S. 4257C), sponsored by Sen. Martin Golden (R-Bay Ridge). The vote came after Sen. Golden held a press conference in Times Square last month with bill co-sponsor Assemblyman Jim Brennan and transit advocates. He also met with Local 100 Bus Operators at the Ulmer Park Depot in Brooklyn.

Accident Caught on Video

A wheel comes straight off a QM2A bus and caroms off a building on Steinway Street, nearly striking a passing woman with a strollerJune 24, 2011

Today’s Daily News broke the story of what Local 100 President John Samuelsen called “one of the most horrifying near-misses” he had ever seen – a wheel coming straight off a QM2A bus and caroming off a building on Steinway Street, nearly striking a passing woman with a stroller. The video – which you can see by clicking on our link – is racking up views on the internet.

With 12 Days to Go in Session, Legislators, Unions Seek MTA Lockbox

Samuelsen speaks on the Lock BoxMay 20, 2011
By Kismet Barksdale

If the world doesn't end this Sunday, people are going to need mass transit. And the MTA is going to need mass transit funding a guarantee that money dedicated to bus and subway service isn't yanked away at the last minute by the State legislature.

MTA Labor Coalition Elects Samuelsen, Tanzi to Top Spots

John Samuelsen, TWU, Local 100 President and Angelo Tanzi of ATU, Local 726May 12, 2011
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.

TWU Pushing Transit “Lock Box” for Earth Day

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.

Pols Turn Out for TWU Widows & Orphans Gala; Raise $50K for Fund

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.

TWU Rebuffs Raid by IUJAT

Baumann 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. 

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