June 14, 2016
By Stephanie West
Albany, NY – As reflected in the rise of John Samuelsen's influence in New York State politics, Andrew Cuomo has nominated TWU 100 President Samuelsen to serve on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board.
If confirmed by the New York State Senate, John will be the first TWU president to assume membership on this prestigious board.
President Samuelsen will fill a seat that through the years has been reserved for prominent labor leaders. While many union officials were considered by Govornor Cuomo, Samuelsen's leadership among union heads provided him the 'clout' and respect necessary to
to be selected. TWU will now have a direct voice on issues of great concern to workers and riders.
Samuelsen, 48 was elected to his third term as Local 100 president in December 2015. The union consists mainly of bus and subway workers and has over 42,000 members. President Samuelsen has been embarking on an aggressive organizing campaign across the country which has added members to his union. These include school bus drivers, bike share representatives and tour bus company employees. He was also instrumental, along with Governor Cuomo, in MTA gaining significant funding for the New York City transportation system.