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Students, TWU Win MetroCard Fight

THURSDAY, JUNE 17 — New York City public school students, aided in their fight by veteran organizers with the Transport Workers Union — won a major concession from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority when an agreement was reached between State and City legislators and the Authority to continue to provide them with free bus and subway…

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LAUNCH OF NEW ADVOCACY PARTNERSHIP

By Kismet Barksdale New York Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda, two New York City-based advocacy organizations, announced the launch of their new partnership at a breakfast event on June 10th which featured New York State Comptroller John Liu as the keynote speaker. Comptroller Liu highlighted his current efforts to bring more accountability to New…

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Reprieve for Station Agents

By Bendix Anderson TUESDAY, JUNE 8 — About 500 people who staff token booths and kiosks in New York’s transit system got a reprieve today as State Supreme Court Judge Saliann Scarpulla ordered the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to keep booths and kiosks open pending public hearings. For the last five months, the MTA has…

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Council Opposes Mayors Plan to Close Firehouses

By Kismet Barksdale In reaction to Mayor Bloomberg threatening to close 20 firehouses in the city, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley hosted a press conference on Friday June 4, 2010. “Firefighters are our first line of defense against fire and medical emergencies, said Councilwoman Crowley.” They address life and death situations every day. Fires can happen at…

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TWU Judge Keeps Hope Alive

Samuelsen: “We will never abandon our members or passengers” (Wednesday May 12) Hundreds of off-duty Local 100 members descended on Centre Street today as NYS Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpullo heard arguments from the union and MTA attorneys over Station Booth closings. The union obtained a Temporary Restraining Order against the closures late last week,…

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Still Going Strong At 100 Years Old

By Summer Brennan On May 4th, members and former members of the FDNY and their families gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ladder 40 on 125th Street. “Life begins at 40,” joked George Campbell, Captain of Ladder 40. “This company has served the Harlem community through good times and bad, always answering the call…

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TWU Wins Reprieve For Station Agents

MAY 6 — After hearing from both Local 100 and MTA attorneys this morning at 80 Centre Street, New York State Supreme Court Justice Saliann Scarpulla let a temporary restraining order stopping the MTA from closing token booths remain in effect. She set a court date for argument for 2:15 this coming Monday, May 10,…

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EDWARD SKYLER to LEAVE CITY GOVERNMENT

By Neal Tepel Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler will leave City government at the end of April for a position in the private sector. Skyler has been a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration since its inception in 2002, and previously served as the Press Secretary, Communications Director and Deputy Mayor for Administration. “Ed Skyler…

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Jesse Jackson, Rangel Join Labor to Keep America Moving

 A broad coalition of transportation labor, environmental, community and passenger advocate leaders launched a new national partnership – Keep America Moving — to rescue the nation’s financially distressed mass transit systems at a press conference at New York’s Penn Station March 31, 2010. Founding members of Keep American Moving, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Transport Workers…

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