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Transport Workers Union of America

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Still Hesitant On A Subway Death Solution? Check Out What Happened Over The Past Five Days

    The growing controversy over subway deaths has stricken all parties involved in the transportation scene. The MTA, stuck with little cash to maneuver, has provided flat solutions, including platform doors and laser alarm systems, that are getting nowhere because, given, the agency can't get past t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Another Subway Death Solution: NYPD Tracking Of Mentally Ill?

    Okay, the platform doors, laser alert system and the advice for conductors to slow down were one thing. But this goes a little above and beyond that. Yesterday, news came that the NYPD, in accordance with the Health Department, has tracked down twenty-five mentally ill patients that have been deeme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    At Emergency Subway Death Hearing, Transport Union Says MTA Too Cheap to Save Lives

    Representatives from the city's Transport Workers Union say that the solutions to reducing subway deaths are simple, but the MTA doesn't want to spend the money. At yesterday's emergency hearing on subway deaths called by city councilman James Vacca, the MTA unveiled a large-scale public education ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    New Alarm System Of Lasers Is MTA's Latest Proposal To Stop Subway Deaths

    We've heard about the platform doors on the L train. We've told you about the Transport Workers Union Local telling conductors to hit the brakes more. And we've gone over the 'emergency meeting' called by City Councilman James Vacca next week to discuss what the hell the MTA and straphangers alike c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    NYC Councilman Wants To Get Serious About Subway Deaths

    All power to him. Yesterday, City Councilman and Transportation Committee chair James Vacca called for an "emergency hearing" on a problem that cannot escape the headlines: the increasingly high tendency of straphangers to, either purposefully or by matter of coercion, come to their deaths on the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    In Wake Of Subway Deaths, Conductors Are Told By Union To Slow Down

    This may work a bit better than those experimental sliding doors on the L train we told you about yesterday.With the deaths of Ki-Suck Han and Sunando Sen fresh in our mind, the Transport Workers Union Local 100 has advised its members to halt subway speeds to about 10mph as the trains arrive in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    At Con-Ed Lockout Protest, Unions Embrace Class War

    The Con Edison lockout of 8,500 workers is now well into its third week, and there doesn't appear to be any end is in sight. Negotiations between the utility giant and members of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 resume today, but sources inside the negotiations say so recent talks ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Affiliates Chain Subway Gates Open For Fare Strike

    A group calling itself the "Rank and File Initiative" claimed credit yesterday for opening up more than 20 subway stations throughout the city for free entry. Chaining open emergency gates at stations on the F, L, R, Q, 3, and 6 lines during rush hour yesterday morning, the anonymous activists post ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    New York's Ugliest Rat Calls Seventh Avenue Station Home

    via Rat Free Subways​Let's face it -- as New Yorkers, we have certainly seen our fair share of ugly rats. They're in the parks, in the subway, and if you're particularly unlucky, in your apartment building. But this rat -- this rat is the ugliest, at least according to the Transit Workers Un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Transport Workers Union Local 100 Disputes Coverage of MTA Contract Negotiations

    ​If you have been keeping up with the tabloids, you might think that contract negotiations between the MTA and the Transport Workers Union Local 100 have come to a screeching halt. You might even be tempted to believe that the union is going to strike, leaving you stranded in the cold on an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    So WTF Are MTA and Transport Workers Union Contract Negotiations, Anyway?

    Despite the rumors mongered here, here, and here, contract negotiations between the MTA and the employees' union are actually just going fine, thank you very much. And, no: There probably won't be a strike of bus or subway workers, so you will have to go to work with that awful hangover. (The one yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2012

    Enjoy Looking At Subway Rats? Play 'Rate My Rat'

    Did you enjoy looking at that picture of the giant rat in the Bronx Foot Locker? Yes? First, ew, and second, we've got the perfect quest for you. As part of their "New Yorkers Deserve A Rat-Free Subway" campaign, the city's Transport Workers Union has started a "Rate My Rat" contest.

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2011

    UC Davis Chancellor Announces Pepper Spray Review; Japan Earthquake; Violent Protests in Egypt

    After footage of a police officer dousing students with pepper spray went viral, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi announced she is forming a "task force" to look into the incident. She told CNN, "We really want to look into this very carefully and take action ... make sure that it will never happen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    UAW Endorses Occupy Wall Street; Massive March Planned Today

    This morning the UAW -- the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America -- issued an official endorsement of Occupy Wall Street, which they deem "a movement for economic and political justice." They've said they'll commit resources to the movement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Transport Workers Union Denied Injunction Against City's Use of Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Protesters; Suit Not Dismissed

    Today the Transport Workers Union, which last week voted unanimously in support of Occupy Wall Street, went to court to fight against the city's use of city bus drivers to transport arrested protesters. Following the Brooklyn Bridge arrests on Saturday, the Union said the NYPD had commandeered numer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Bus Drivers Should Not Have to Transport Arrested Occupy Wall Street Protesters, Says TWU

    In the aftermath of more than 700 reported arrests of protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, Occupy Wall Street continues to occupy a large portion of the news. This video has been circulating of what seems to be a very young girl (we've heard 13 years old, though that's not confirmed) being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Transport Workers Union Votes Unanimously to Support Occupy Wall Street

    Occupy Wall Street is in its 13th day, with support growing among factions veering from the "grungy unemployed hippie stereotype." There's the event led by two CUNY professors to protest the treatment of the protesters at the hands of the NYPD (Critical Mass has written they'll join in this rally, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2010

    Coming Soon To Brooklyn: Tuberculosis!

    ​Two workers in Greenpoint have contracted tuberculosis, Brooklyn Paper is reporting, cuing mass panic in northern Brooklyn and a mass exodus to Poland. Well, not quite yet. Still, it's not a comforting thought -- especially in light of the city's ongoing bedbug problem. We're dirty, dirty peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Update: MTA "Fixes" One Problem, Creates Another -- and So It Goes

    ​As of yesterday, the MTA planned to lay off two bus drivers currently at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a humanitarian move, perhaps realizing that the stress of war need not be coupled with the stress of job loss -- or that they would be getting some very bad publicity -- the MTA changed it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Twitpic via DanaBoscorelli. Up, Up and Awry! The Balloon Boy and his wacky father helped keep our minds off the real world, which sucked even more than usual. In national news, the Nobel Peace Prize continued its deadly rampage across America. But don't despair, rightbloggers: President O ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Threatened Bus, Subway Worker Slowdown Seems Not to Be Happening, Yet (Update: Or Is It?)

    The Transit Workers Union us supposed to be holding a "Day of Outrage" today. The beef is that TWU workers received an 11 percent raise in arbitration, but MTA is crying poor and is suing to overturn the ruling. The Dies Irae is supposed to include a work slowdown by bus and subway workers, but w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Back to School for Bus Hoods

    In a different kind of back to school special, a pair of brothers who served as top officials of the union representing city school bus drivers pleaded guilty today to extortion charges in Manhattan federal court. Nick and Paul Maddalone became, respectively, the fourth and fifth high-ranking e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2007

    City Prepares for Taxi Strike

    Photo by Bob Jagendorf via Flickr As the New York Taxi Worker's Alliance set up a "strike hall" at the headquarters of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 on Tuesday, the city announced contingency plans to combat a cabbie work stoppage set to take effect at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning. The MTA w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2006
  • News

    April 25, 2006

    A Day Without White People

    On May Day, the masses rose up in New York. But where were the white peaceniks?

  • NYC Life

    February 28, 2006
  • News

    January 31, 2006

    The Fonz's Pitch

    Open door policy

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2006

    NYC Transit Workers Reject Contract

    By the itsy-bitsy margin of seven votes out of 22,000 cast, the city's transit workers have narrowly rejected the proposed contract that they went on strike last month to win. Friday was the deadline for union members to turn in their ballots. The move means Transit Workers Union Local 100 presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2005

    Transit Union Strikes a Deal

    By 37 to four Tuesday night, leaders of the union that staged a three-day strike against the New York City transit system last week agreed to accept a new contract from the MTA. The workers got the same wage increases included in the MTA's "final offer" before last week's transit strike, but without ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2005

    Welcome Back, "Terrorists" and "Thugs"

    The strike is over and the media reaction to it can be summed in a phrase: Minority workers are evil doers. When Transit Workers Union 100—a majority Caribbean-Latino-Asian-African American local—walked off the job, the media immediately fused images of criminals and terrorists with the pi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Report: Strike End in Sight

    Local media are reporting that Transit Workers Union Local 100 leaders are preparing to recommend to the union's executive board that the 33,000 workers on the picket lines end their strike in its third day. If the board were to approve the move, it would take the MTA several hours to get the transi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Back to Work? On the Brink Again

    Not much changed at the picket line outside the 240th Street yards after the news broke late Thursday morning that Roger Toussaint wants to send his members back to work. The guys still circulated in a small driveway under the last stretch of elevated 1 train in the Bronx. There were bagels and coff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    The Strike is Over

    About 60 hours after it began the first transit strike in 25 years, Transit Workers Union Local 100 is going back to work. The union's executive board approved the move under the threat of possible jail time for its leaders, and with mediators setting up a framework for talks that apparently keeps t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    You're Walking, They're Talking

    New York, you're still afoot. With the Transport Workers Union and the MTA back at the negotiating table, the city's 7 million subway and bus riders can look foward to having a ride to work. Just not right away. Reports Newsday: It was not immediately clear when the trains and buses would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Union Explains Why It Called the Strike

    The first draft of history is in. Somewhat buried in the instructions to its members, the Transport Workers Union Local 100 explained why it had called New York City's first transit strike in 25 years. "Local 100 had to walk out to stop the TA’s 11th hour pension ambush. We walked out strong, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Tinkering With the Taylor Law

    The transit strike had just ended this afternoon when the Sergeant's Benevolent Association sent 'round a press release from two days ago hailing Governor Pataki for signing a bill that reforms the Taylor Law. That's right, the very day that NYC transit shut down, the gov was tweaking the very law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Strikebound

    For the first time in a quarter century, New York City transit workers walked off the job early this morning after their union rejected a final contract proposal from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. "Transit workers are tired of being underappreciated and disrespected," said a grim Roger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Strikeline: What Price, Respect?

    "They want you to hold out," says Laverne the conductor, standing with 20 or so other striking TWU folks outside the Bedford Park B/D station on Grand Concourse, and she wasn't talking about contract negotiations. She meant bathroom breaks. If you take one when you aren't supposed to, she says, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    MTA Strike: The Politics of No-Tomorrow

    Would this strike be happening if Governor George Pataki were running for re-election next year? Would Mike Bloomberg's city be shut down if the expiration date on the Transport Workers Union's contract were September or October, when he reached pre-election settlements with half a dozen city unions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Transit Strike Is a Bike Rider's Dream

    New York City's Transit strike may have inconvenienced millions of bus, subway and car commuters. But from a biker's perspective, it made the city a dream. (Click for a halcyon slideshow.) There were no hooting horns and buses plowing you into the sidewalk. No cabs and delivery vehicles jamming ... More >>

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Fault Line

    Deal or no deal, transit workers want more respect, less punishment

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Checks and No Balance

    The story is Bush's spying, not the story's messenger

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Transit Talks: Death Un-Benefit

    It's no mystery that the transit contract talks are bogged down over the MTA's proposal to require future workers to wait until age 62 rather than 55 to receive full pensions. As people live longer, public and private sector employers are trying to limit their obligations to retirees. But not everyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2005

    Transit Breaks

    It took them more than 24 hours to get there, but the two sides in the city's tense transit talks found their way back to the bargaining table today, but no one was suggesting that much was accomplished. "There's not much to report so far. We met, we talked, and we're ready to keep meeting," said an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    A Strike -- Partially

    Transport Workers Union officials voted to strike this morning - but limited their initial walkout to two private bus lines which serve southeast Queens -- and even that work stoppage isn't slated to begin until this evening. The decision to shut down the bus lines first represents a delicate tap da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2005

    Transit Showdown

    Transit workers staged an angry and boisterous rally Tuesday night outside Grand Central Station, invoking their own proud ghosts of Christmas past. Moments before Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint dramatically ripped up a city lawsuit aimed at blocking a possible walkout t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2005

    Democrats Miss Key Endorsement

    Democratic mayoral candidates hoping for a boost from the Working Families Party won't get one, at least for now: The party announced today that while "several candidates enjoy substantial support" within the party, so far none of the candidates "been able to put together the two-thirds vote on the ... More >>

  • News

    April 15, 2003

    Harlemites March

    Anti-War Rally Eyes Troubles at Home

  • News

    May 22, 2001

    Labor’s Loneliest Battles

    New Survey Finds Union Self-Help Programs Point Way in Addiction Struggles

  • News

    January 23, 2001

    Mixed Signals

    City Promises No Driverless Trains, but Sets Track for Automatic Subway

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