DA Hynes to Transit - Assault Definition Doesn't Work

Bus Operators' sign says it allMay 11, 2012
By Ray Parker, Staff Writer

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, a six-term incumbent who has racked up an impressive record, told transit workers on Thursday that the laws on the books don't give his office enough ammo to go after the perps who prey on bus operators.

IAMAW to DirecTV: Negotiate!

Vinnie Alvarez, Jim Conigliaro, Mario Cilento, John Samuelsen, Richard Sanchez, and Tony Utano, Vice President of TWU Local 100May 4, 2012
By Ray Parker, Staff Writer

They’re rich and they’re rude – and they don’t want to give their technicians a contract. That’s the message well-heeled tourists heard as they tried to flag cabs outside of the Hilton Hotel at 54th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan on Thursday May 3rd. The occasion was an IAMAW protest outside the annual shareholders meeting of DirecTV, the satellite channel that’s been competing with cable and broadcast TV all over the country.

The IAMAW wishes DirecTV every success, just not at the expense of installation techs in Los Angeles who voted to unionize two years ago but have found the company stonewalling on a contract.

Union Victory for IAMAW District 15, Black Car Drivers

WIN! Black car drivers at Town Car International emerged victorious!May 3, 2012
By Samantha Saly

IAMAW District 15 emerged victorious on May 1, after a months-long organizing struggle at black car company Town Car International. Results of the NLRB representation election, held at the company base in Long Island City, gave a landslide victory to the Machinists with a margin of 2-to-1. Drivers are hopeful that the May Day win will put an end to the widely reported use of intimidation tactics, direct threats, and acts of attempted bribery by management at Town Car in what became an intensely heated last-ditch attempt by owners to deliver a no vote.

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MTA Throwing Money Away

April 26, 2012
By Ray Parker, Staff Writer

TWU Local 100 is never loath to take on a fight. This time, the union is up against the entire New York City political establishment as it seeks to derail the MTA’s plan to give up its master lease on 370 Jay Street to the City, paving the way for the renovation of the old transit headquarters building into an educational center.

Unions Rally against American Airlines Bankruptcy Filing

April 25, 2012
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter 
In November 2011, the AMR Corporation, parent of American Airlines and American Eagle, filed for bankruptcy protection in New York claiming a strong need to achieve a cost and debt structure to assure long-term viability. But according to union leaders at a Battery Park City joint union rally on Monday, April 23, they have already conceded too much.

TWU, ATU and MTA Begin Push on Worker Assaults

April 13, 2012
By Labor Press

A major conference is in the planning stages between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing its workforce who say their members are under siege from unprovoked assaults on bus and train operators. The half-day event at NYC Tech at 285 Jay Street, near to the MTA’s old headquarters building, is already being promoted on posters and flyers issued by both unions and the MTA.

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