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TWU local 100 President John Samuelsen

TWU local 100 President John Samuelsen

Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers in New Agreement

Verizon Contract Talks

Company agrees to add 1,300 new call center jobs on the East Coast 10.9% raise over four years First contract for wireless retail workers

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after reaching a tentative agreement with the company. After 45 days of the largest strike in recent history, Verizon will add 1,300 new east coast call center jobs, and reverse several other outsourcing initiatives that will create new field technician jobs. Continue reading

Why did TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen choose to spend 30 million on 2 and a half floors versus buying a whole building? Here are some key points…


With a lack of transparency within TWU local 100 under John Samuelsen’s administration, it is left up to members to draw their own conclusions as to how and why certain decisions are made.

A major question thats circling around crew rooms, bus depots and locker rooms is, “why did the union spend 30 million dollars on 2 and a half floors versus buying a whole building? Here are 5 key points that gives members something to think about… Continue reading

Trump’s wildcard? How even slightly improved performance among black voters could prove key to The Donald in November


To win, Donald Trump must either improve his standing with black and brown voters or he must compensate for the minorities who oppose him by winning a near-historic share of whites. (SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES)

Pundits are fixating on the heights Donald Trump must reach with whites and the lows he must avoid with Hispanics. Yet however counterintuitive, the unique dynamics of the 2016 race have positioned blacks to potentially play an unusually critical role in the making of the next President. Continue reading

Uber just agreed to let a labor union represent its drivers in New York

uber drivers

Uber has struck a five-year labor agreement with the New York arm of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that allows the union to represent the company’s more than 35,000 drivers in the city.

Under the agreement, the IAM has developed a separate affiliate group called the Independent Drivers Guild (the operative word being independent) through which drivers can meet with Uber’s management on a regular basis and appeal deactivations.  Continue reading

Second Avenue line, W train depicted in new MTA subway map

new map

A subway map that includes a portion of the Second Avenue subway line, as well as the addition of the W train, was released by the MTA after its board meeting Wednesday night.

The map shows the new Q train stations at 72nd, 86th and 96th streets along Second Avenue, which is the first portion of the line scheduled to open December 2016. It also adds the W train in Queens and Manhattan. Continue reading

L train riders prefer full 18-month shutdown of Canarsie tunnel to three-year partial closure


The plan favored by most commuters in a Riders Alliance study means no L trains between Brooklyn and Manhattan for a year and a half. (JOHN MINCHILLO/AP)

Support is growing for the full 18-month shutdown of the L train’s East River tunnel. The Riders Alliance, a grassroots transit group, released a survey Tuesday showing that 77% of the 350 L train riders polled wanted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to entirely close the Canarsie tunnel and get the work done as fast as possible. Continue reading

Patrolman’s Benevolent Association TV ad slams de Blasio over NYPD pay


Her husband puts his life on the line every day to guard a city their family cannot afford to live in.

That’s the message of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association new 7-figure TV ad campaign, which is set to air on Monday. The ad follows Jennifer, the wife of an NYPD officer and mother of three young girls, as she recounts the financial hardships her family faces as they try to survive on a city cop’s salary. Continue reading

Verizon, labor union reach deal in principle ending 6-week strike


Described by Perez as a “tentative resolution,” Verizon’s workers, unions and management have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract.

“Throughout the past 13 days of negotiations at the Department of Labor, I have observed firsthand the parties’ good faith commitment to narrowing differences and forging an agreement that helps workers and the company,” Perez said in a statement Friday.

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