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TWU Wage Demands Fall Short Of Expectations.

On July 9th, 2019, RTO Executive Board member, Evangeline Byars released an Executive Board report with an update regarding the status of our current contract’s negotiation. Within the 29 minute clip floating around the Facebook social media platform, Ms. Byars revealed that the Local President, Anthony Utano did not in fact demand a particular percentage in wage increases but instead […]

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Amidst Public Outrage, MTA Board Approves More Wasteful Spending.

On May 24th, 2019 many transit workers learned that NYCT had appointed a new FMLA administrator. This new company, WorkPartners will take over many of the duties performed by the BSC. Once fully live, WorkPartners will handle the processing of all new and open FMLA applications, answering any FMLA related questions and handle all FMLA leave requests, employees will no […]

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Contract Talk: Lies. Greed. Misery.

Don’t be fooled by all of the media coverage. The MTA is far from broke. The NY Post recently published an article talking about how we need to giveback to the MTA by contributing more to our medical. In 2018 the MTA put together a proposed budget for 2019-2021. Within that budget, the MTA is banking on the union to accept 2% raises for each year to meet their expectations. In order to push this agenda, they have published a series of bogus financial plans that are far from their true financial position. Looking at the most recent financial statement it actually turns out that the MTA has a net worth of $4.748 BILLION dollars, even after factoring in ALL […]

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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

Hi, I’m Ben Valdes and I am running for train operator chair on the Progressive Action slate with Tramell Thompson who is running for president of TWU Local 100. I think it’s pretty clear to any train crew member that the MTA doesn’t care at all about our health and safety. While they have no moral obligation to care about […]

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Shut down the MAC!

Hi, I’m Ben Valdes and I am running for train operator chair on the Progressive Action slate with Tramell Thompson who is running for president of TWU Local 100. In Andy Byford’s plan to rescue the subway he stated that something bold must be done; little tweaks here and there aren’t going to cut it. The same goes for my […]

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Employees who work long hours have a higher risk of stroke than those working standard hours – Study

Summary Background Long working hours might increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, but prospective evidence is scarce, imprecise, and mostly limited to coronary heart disease. We aimed to assess long working hours as a risk factor for incident coronary heart disease and stroke. Methods We identified published studies through a systematic review of PubMed and Embase from inception to Aug […]

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Samuelsen Helps Cuomo Sell Out MTA Workers So Cuomo Can Give Favorable Contract To The CSEA.

Governor Andrew Cuomo sprang his announcement of a five-year contract agreement with the state’s largest union on Tuesday afternoon—the last possible moment to win legislative approval of the deal so checks can start going out to union members. But he publicly released no details of what he was about to ask lawmakers to approve before they end their session today.

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Subway Steel Dust: A Gaping Hole In Public Health Research.

A decade later, there is still no clear answer, and plans for further research in the world’s second-largest subway system (only London’s Tube has more miles of track) have been blocked by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. While the Columbia study found that subway workers were not being exposed to toxic steel dust and other pollutants above federal workplace safety limits, […]