Where’s our $25,000 hazard pay?

TWU Local 100 leaders “demanding” (begging for) hazard pay over a year ago in what was apparently a futile attempt at getting us the extra compensation we deserve

As of Sept 1, 2022 it will be exactly 2.5 years since the first case of the novel coronavirus was reported in New York City. Transit workers have not seen a dime of hazard pay to date, and the longer we wait the less likely it will be that we get anything at all. Grocery store workers, transit workers in other cities, and now healthcare workers in New York State have all received hazard pay.

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How do you spell “racist”? M-T-A


The MTA is looking to pull the old “okey doke” on NYC Transit riders. While it is not uncommon for the MTA to threaten service cuts in the face of a budget deficit, what they are attempting to do this time is incredibly bold, hypocritical, and unfortunately unnoticed by the mainstream media. The MTA is threatening service cuts (as well as fare hikes) on NYC subways and buses, while simultaneously planning the largest service increase in Long Island Railroad history of 41%.

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It’s time to pressure your elected reps into demanding ACTUAL negotiations for the MTA to have the right to use cameras in our operating cabs! (It’s not just the R211s anymore)

One of two inward-facing cameras installed in the locomotive cabin of a Metrolink train that was previewed at a press conference Monday morning at the Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility. The new Locomotive Digital Recorder System includes three cameras per locomotive. An outward-facing camera records activity in front of the train and the two inward-facing cameras record the control panel and human activity inside the cabin. All cameras and audio devices in each of the system’s 52 locomotives will be activated this week. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Everyone knows the Taylor Law as the law which prohibits public employees from going on strike. However, the Taylor Law (officially known and the Public Employees Fair Employment Act) also demands that most aspects of employment, with few exceptions, be bargained with the union in order to fairly balance the state’s need to ensure the continuation of essential services with the employee’s right to an equitable relationship with the employer.

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How the MTA treats their heroes (by denying FMLA for childcare)

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This week the MTA decided to label the majority of our positions as “emergency responders.” No, not for the purposes of giving us hazard pay, unlimited sick leave, a 22 and out pension, or even the right to skip the line at grocery stores. No, they did it out of pure selfishness for the sole purpose of denying workers job-protected leave to care for their children during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading

No MTA, Employee Safety is NOT Your Priority Because Actions Speak Louder Than Words!!!

 
When you look up the word “priority” in the dictionary, you will find that it means “a thing that is regarded as more important than another.” In an email to supervision regarding an upcoming Coronavirus online information session being held by the MTA, the phrase “The safety of our employees is our first priority” was used. Every time I hear an MTA spokesperson or member of upper management use that phrase I feel a burning rage inside my chest because this is the biggest lie they will tell you.

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How TWU Local 100 Suppresses the Vote

As you may know, we at Progressive Action challenged the conduct of the 2018 TWU Local 100 elections. We did this on the basis that many people did not receive a ballot, while also receiving campaign literature from the Stand United slate, who currently occupies many elected union offices including the presidency and thus controls the balloting procedures. Continue reading

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

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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 our well being, they do have a legal one and I intend to make sure they fulfill that obligation. In addition, anyone who is currently on union release time to do safety walks is doing a terrible job of holding the MTA to the letter of the law to protect us!!!!!

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