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.

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