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TWU Local 100 Calls for ‘Eagle Teams’ to Enforce Mask Rule following Vicious Attack on Bus Operator
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TWU Local 100 Calls for ‘Eagle Teams’ to Enforce Mask Rule following Vicious Attack on Bus Operator

New York, NY – The coronavirus crisis is putting everyone at risk. But that’s especially true for frontline workers like those who work in mass transit, where more than 130 MTA workers have succumbed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in January. Now, MTA workers face a new threat: angry passengers who are…

MTA Bus Driver Who Survived COVID-19 Predicts Another Lockdown for NYC; Holds Trump Administration Accountable for Sister’s Death
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MTA Bus Driver Who Survived COVID-19 Predicts Another Lockdown for NYC; Holds Trump Administration Accountable for Sister’s Death

Queens, NY – Come August, the MTA has plans to install protective barriers on buses before resuming front door service and fare collections — bus operators, however, remain dubious as COVID-19 continues to gallop across the rest of the country.  Joseph Branch is on the executive board of ATU Local 1056. For the last 22-years,…

Slow Down! MTA Bus Operator Warns it’s Too Soon to Reemerge Out of COVID-19 Lockdown
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Slow Down! MTA Bus Operator Warns it’s Too Soon to Reemerge Out of COVID-19 Lockdown

Queens, NY – NYC recently entered into Phase 3 of its planned reopening, which is allowing more businesses to reemerge from coronavirus lockdown. The MTA, however, continues to mandate riders board city buses through the back doors to help keep drivers safe. Indeed, many bus operators insist that it’s too soon to relax the rules….

Frontline Train Conductor: ‘Reactive’ MTA Should Have Shut the System Down for Two to Four Weeks; Workers Deserve Hazard Pay
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Frontline Train Conductor: ‘Reactive’ MTA Should Have Shut the System Down for Two to Four Weeks; Workers Deserve Hazard Pay

New York, NY – MTA Train Conductor Vincent Clementoni, a member of TWU Local 100, is approaching his seventh year on the job. LaborPress spoke with him to learn about his daily working life and the challenges he faces in the era of coronavirus. Originally from Brooklyn, where he grew up in Park Slope, the…

No Zeros for Heroes: MTA Contract Stance is a Slap in the Face to ATU Workers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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No Zeros for Heroes: MTA Contract Stance is a Slap in the Face to ATU Workers on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Pandemic

New York, NY – Hundreds of Amalgamated Transit Union [ATU] members rallied in front MTA Headquarters Wednesday because they’ve been working without a contract since May 2019, even though the union that represents the largest number of employees at NYC Transit, TWU Local 100, negotiated a new contract in December 2019. According to Danny Casella,…

Retired Rapid Transit Operations VP Tim Schermerhorn in Fight of His Life; Needs Kidney Transplant
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Retired Rapid Transit Operations VP Tim Schermerhorn in Fight of His Life; Needs Kidney Transplant

New York, NY – TWU Local 100 and the family of retired RTO (Rapid Transit Operations) Vice President and activist Tim Schermerhorn are putting out a desperate call for help. Schermerhorn is in stage 5 renal failure and, as TWU Local 100’s website says, “needs a kidney very soon or he will die.”  While TWU…

Union Brother Remembers MTA Conductor Ben Schaeffer as a Man Who ‘Wanted to Make Things Better’
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Union Brother Remembers MTA Conductor Ben Schaeffer as a Man Who ‘Wanted to Make Things Better’

New York, NY – When the call went out for blood donations to try and help save MTA conductor Ben Schaeffer’s life, his union brothers at TWU Local 100 stepped up. Bus operator John Landers was among them. Shaeffer succumbed to COVID-19 complications this week. Doctors had hoped a new experimental treatment called “convalescent plasma”…

Labor Joins Queens Riders, Politicians Fed Up With MTA Bus Redesign
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Labor Joins Queens Riders, Politicians Fed Up With MTA Bus Redesign

Queens, NY – The MTA spent months conducting informational meetings and surveys on how to improve bus service, but clearly didn’t take into account the opinions of the riders from the World’s Borough. The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s bus redesign plan for the geographically largest borough and the second most populous is to eliminate bus routes…

Shut It Down! Transit Workers Invoke ’66 Strike In Contract Battle With MTA
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Shut It Down! Transit Workers Invoke ’66 Strike In Contract Battle With MTA

New York, NY –  Look out, “If you poke the bear, you might get smacked!” Thousands of fed up NYC transit employees working without a contract since last spring, took their fight to the MTA’s doorstep at 2 Broadway this week, leaving no doubt how they feel about MTA leadership or their reticence about a…

TWU Local 100 to MTA: Stop Blaming Workers for Your Failures
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TWU Local 100 to MTA: Stop Blaming Workers for Your Failures

I’m furious. The other elected officers at Transport Workers Union Local 100 are furious. Most importantly, the 40,000 bus and subway workers who move New York are furious.  Mismanagement at the MTA has been rampant for a long time, including the years MTA Chairman Pat Foye has spent at the highest level of the organization. …

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