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TWU to Walder: join Us in Washington

At an early-morning press conference outside MTA Headquarters, TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen called on MTA Chairman Jay Walder to join him in Washington to pursue federal assistance to avert service cuts and fare increases for students. He was joined by Councilman James Vacca, Chairman of the Transportation  Committee; Bob Astrowsky, Assistant Secretary of…

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Health Care Unions: Do No Harm

Health Advocates and Union Leaders Fight to Save Safety Net Provisions in Health Care Reform Bill  By Summer Brennan  On January 20th, labor unions and health advocates held a press conference on the steps of City Hall and urged Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to block provisions in the Health Care Reform bill that would adversely…

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Samuelsen Moves to End “Civil War” At Local 100

In an exclusive story, the January 12th edition of the New York Daily News reported that newly-elected TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen has offered a Union job to his election opponent Curtis Tate. The bruising contest for Local 100’s top job was unusually long and bitter, due to a decision made by the Local…

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TWU Local 100 Slams MTA Over Operating Budget

In the new Local 100 Administration’s first public statement, Recording Secretary Benita Johnson slammed the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for diverting funds meant for operating expenses into the capital budget. This has created a crisis of service cuts and fare hikes for students which didn’t have to happen, the union says. “There are straightforward and practical…

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The Kids Aren’t All Right

by Silver Tyler The realities of what our public school kids learn in school and what politicians actually do collided like two trains going in opposite directions last Monday outside MTA headquarters. Entitled to a free, compulsory education, students will now have to pay to get to school, under the newly-adopted MTA budget for 2010….

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Could Retirees Get Shorted Again? It’s as easy as A-C-H

by Danny Burstein “Direct Deposit” is a handy way, and in many cases the only way, of getting salary and other payments into your bank accounts. For the recipient, it has the advantages of being automatically handled “behind the scenes” with no trip to the bank needed. And many financial institutions encourage the process by,…

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Aides Fired as Lawsuit Proceeds

Friday the 13th was scarier for hundreds of parents this year than it was for their kids. 530 School Aides, represented by District Council 37, were fired that day as the DOE acted to reduce head count. Some of the fired Aides held a rally the following Tuesday outside of P.S. 375 on East 111th…

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Early Bus Gets the Patient

NOVEMBER 18TH, BROOKLYN — A crew from the Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps, based about 2.5 miles from an accident in Sunset Park, arrived first on scene at 44th Street and 5th Avenue at around 7:40 PM Wednesday night, beating out a “voluntary” ambulance from Maimonides Medical Center. An FDNY EMS ambulance, also en route,…

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