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, halting layoffs for over 200 members. The TRO continues to stand while the judge prepares a ruling.
Union leaders expressed confidence about the court proceedings and determination in the larger fight to save mass transit and save jobs.
President John Samuelsen said: “I believe the union is on very strong legal ground that the MTA failed in its requirements for public hearings under the New York State Public Authorities Law before taking action to close these booths.” “I am confident that the ultimate decision will be in our favor, and when it does, it will be an important victory for safety, security and service to the millions of New Yorkers who ride the subways every day.” Samuelsen said that regardless of the outcome of the court case, the union will continue to fight for its members targeted for layoff and passengers targeted for lost service. “We will never abandon our members or the passengers we serve. We will continue the fight for funding in Albany and Washington and in our communities and neighborhoods to find a solution.”