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* TWU Local 234 SEPTA Reaches Tentative Agreement. * Sick Leave Cash Out. * MTA Bus Contract Silence * Samuelsen Gang Readies For Elections.   SEPTA Members Reach a Settlement Congratulations to our Brothers and Sisters in TWU Local 234, Philadelphia. Word coming out of Philly is they’ve reached a tentative agreement which averted a […]

An analysis of the 126th Street Depot Closure and the subsequent dovetailing of TA and OA seniority

Questions still exist regarding this burning issue. Exactly what was discussed between the TA and the Union about the 126th St Depot? What options were considered by the Union’s leadership, ie; alternative proposals and strategies? Why wasn’t the membership included/conferred with in these strategies, discussions, and proposals? Why wasn’t the members given a vote on […]

90% of Subway Stations Need Structural Repairs

Only 51 of the system’s 468 stations don’t require repairs, according to a new report released by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. By Associated Press October 3, 2014 7:02 a.m. (AP) — A new report says that a majority of New York City’s subway stations are in need of structural and architectural repairs. The report by state […]

Report on African American Heritage Parade in Harlem

As was previously reported by this news alert, on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, our Union assembled to march in the African American Heritage Parade. Wave after wave of African American pride rolled up Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. from 111th Street to 138th Street passed the grandstand on 125th Street. What was particularly impressive were the […]

African American Heritage Parade in Harlem

Local 100 members will be gathering this afternoon to celebrate the African American Heritage Day Parade. The parade begins on 111 Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. @ 1pm. TWU members will be meeting on 112 Street. The first African American Day Parade was held in September 1969 in Harlem. The first Grand Marshal was […]

TWU Local 100 Leadership’s Ineptitude Causes Seniority Crises in TA Surface and MaBSTOA

The closing of the 126 Street Depot in Manhattan, the only TA Surface Depot in that borough, has prompted controversy as to what to do with those displaced members. John Samuelsen has been pushing for a seniority dovetail of the 126th Street TA Surface members into the OA seniority list. This then precipitated a blow […]

One Battle’s Over, But the Struggle Continues!

Dear Supporters of Change at Local 100: Thank you all for your hard work on this campaign. Congratulations to the winners. We are not going away.  We fought the right fight for the right reasons.  Even though we weren’t successful this time in convincing enough voting members that the Samuelsen team wasn’t right for them, […]

Letter to the Chief: Helping Samuelsen Hide

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 5:00 pm JOSEPH CAMPBELL Given that you are John Samuelsen’s “Chief” ally in his re-election bid, it’s no surprise that your editorial “Height of Hypocrisy” (Oct. 26 issue) tried to help him run and hide from the Wall Street Journal expose that showed he is trying to delay the bad […]

Joe Campbell and the Transport Workers United Slate: A Vision for Rebuilding Local 100, a Strategy to Get There, and the Experience to Make it Happen.

Our Principles:  Organizing and Mobilizing.  Smoke and mirrors don’t cut it. The only way to show management we mean business is for our leaders to stop hiding in their fancy offices and come out into the field to organize and mobilize the united power of our 38,000 members.  We will reclaim and rebuild that proud […]

Samuelsen Loses Again, Angering Powerful Allies. Brace for Political Impact.

At a time when we need all the political support we can get in Albany for our contract fight, Samuelsen foolishly went up against powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and threw Local 100’s rapidly diminishing political weight behind the primary challenger to pro-labor Assembly Democrat Rhoda Jacobs.  He lost big.  It wasn’t even close.  Jacobs […]

At a time when we need all the political support we can get in Albany for our contract fight, Samuelsen foolishly went up against powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and threw Local 100’s rapidly diminishing political weight behind the primary challenger to pro-labor Assembly Democrat Rhoda Jacobs.  He lost big.  It wasn’t even close.  Jacobs crushed Samuelsen’s choice with 68 percent of the vote.

Now who can Local 100 count on in Albany to support our contract fight?  Samuelsen didn’t take on just any old Democrat.  He foolishly backed a challenger against Rhoda Jacobs, who is Assistant Speaker and is close to Speaker Silver.  Samuelsen already angered a lot of allies by backing the losing primary challenger against Congressman Rangel.  This latest bone-headed move threatens to completely cut us off from the Assembly.   Are they smoking something funny up in those gold-plated offices at 1700 Broadway???  Or is Samuelsen covertly working for the Republicans and against the interests of Local 100 members?

Samuelsen’s decision to back the wrong horse was so unpopular among HIS OWN PEOPLE that he had to threaten and order paid union staff to go out and campaign for the challenger on the union’s dime.  Isn’t that illegal??

This is just the latest in an unbroken series of DEFEATS for Local 100’s political operation and mobilization machine under Samuelsen’s failed leadership. The most stunning of these was the creation of an inferior Tier 6 pension on his watch, which the Local had successfully fought off for decades. And he had the gall to call that a victory!

But there’s more:  The Rangel race.  Backing Elizabeth Crowley, who lost a Congressional race in Queens to Grace Meng. The loss of the MTA payroll tax, thanks to Samuelsen’s Republican buddy Martin Golden and his allies.  The loss of the Transit lock box.   And on and on and on.

We can’t take 3 more years of the last 3 years.

Vote the Transport Workers United Slate/

Joe Campbell for President of TWU Local 100

www.transportworkersunited.org  347-642-4535/646-807-5736 transportworkersunited@gmail.com

Transport Workers United News Alert

twulogoNA* TWU Local 234 SEPTA Reaches Tentative Agreement.

* Sick Leave Cash Out.

* MTA Bus Contract Silence

* Samuelsen Gang Readies For Elections.

 

SEPTA Members Reach a Settlement

Congratulations to our Brothers and Sisters in TWU Local 234, Philadelphia. Word coming out of Philly is they’ve reached a tentative agreement which averted a strike. The details will be coming out shortly, but preliminary information says they will receive;

A 2 year contract with a 5% increase (2% Dec. 2014, 3% Dec 2015).

$150.00 per member increase to their dental.

$175.00 per year of service retirement bonus ex. 30 years of service = $5250.00 bunus.

No medical benefits givebacks.

No medical contribution increases.

No pension concessions.

No new member concessions. (Management wanted new members to go into a 401k instead of a guaranteed pension).

Our Brothers and Sisters in Philly used their political and collective bargaining leverage to make gains with no give backs. The tentative contract will be sent to the executive board for approval and sent to the members for ratification.

 

Sick Leave Cash Out

Reminder! The TA/OA contract (2002 Contract MOU) allows for a sick leave cash out of up to two days if you haven’t used any sick time in a calendar year, or a one day cash out if you only used one sick day.

According to the 2002 MOU, the cash out bonus must be paid to you by the first pay check in December. You must apply for it. The applications will be arriving to your location time keepers shortly for distribution to those who qualify. If you don’t receive it by tomorrow, be sure to alert your Union representative. There is a short deadline on this.

 

MTA Bus, No News is Bad News

MTA Bus. When it comes to being treated like second class members, they find this current Samuelsen Administration to be no different. Samuelsen/Utano/Downs hailed the TA/OA contract as a huge victory and claimed it “reinvigorated our Unity”. The TA/OA voted for this contract because they knew Samuelsen couldn’t do any better and they wanted their retro pay now. That pathetic excuse for a contract was the worst contract in over 20 years. That being said, and as bad as that sell out contract was, the thing that Samuelsen/Utano/Downs forgot to do was bring home a contract for MTA Bus. It would be laughable, if not so tragic, that Samuelsen keeps telling MTA Bus members that he hasn’t forgotten them but at the same time ignores them. So it begs these questions;

What the heck is going on with the MTA Bus contract talks? Have there been any negotiations sessions? Who is negotiating the contract? When will Samuelsen call a meeting with MTA Bus officers and brief them as to where they stand? Will MTA Bus elected officers ever be allowed to be in the room?

Samuelsen and the gang were great at coming around to ask for your vote. And he said he would not forget to come back. So where has he been? Except for parades and parties, no one knows. But one thing is for sure, he will be back to ask for your vote again. That he won’t forget.

 

Samuelsen and the Gang Wants Your Vote!

The Samuelsen/Utano gang is gearing up for the elections next year. They are telling everyone who will listen that they are going to win, and sometimes they tell people who aren’t listening that they’re going to win. What they are engaging in is a campaign tactic called Opposition Suppression. To say “Join us, we’re going to win” is akin to saying “resistance is futile”. Its purpose is to keep people from, either, continuing their opposition to the administration or to prevent future leaders from getting involved, unless you join them. This is how Lombardo/Samuelsen rolled through the TWU International elections saying, “Join us, we’re going to win” with the connotation suggesting that if you don’t join them and they win, you’ll be sorry…. textbook Opposition Suppression.

So many of you have either experienced passive aggressive behavior from Samuelsen and his goons, or outright bullying demanding your vote, or else.

Only you have the power to make change. Your vote is your business and no one else’s. This self-serving administration has got to go. Everyone knows it. The only way to make that happen is to step up and take a leadership role. Nominations are in a little less than a year from now.

Qualifications for Section/Division Officer

 

*5 meetings. (Can be a combination of Section and Division Meetings).

*Must be a member in good standing for at least one continuous year.

*You cannot be on any supervisor’s list (Samuelsen did find a way to let his cronies run while being on a supervisor’s list so that provision will come up for discussion when election rules are discussed. Don’t let it stop you from attending meetings).

Samuelsen engaged in many different forms of voter suppression last election. Don’t let them steal your vote or your voice. They are counting on a low voter turn-out (Only 12,000 members voted last election). They are counting on you being too disgusted to care. Stand up! Get involved now! Get your meetings in. Prepare for leadership.

Any questions, please feel free to send a message to the attached email.

 

In Solidarity.

 

Transport Workers United is a political organization comprised of TWU Local 100 members and supporters. Our publication is independent of TWU Local 100 and is labor donated.

 

 

 

 

 

An analysis of the 126th Street Depot Closure and the subsequent dovetailing of TA and OA seniority

twulogoNAQuestions still exist regarding this burning issue. Exactly what was discussed between the TA and the Union about the 126th St Depot? What options were considered by the Union’s leadership, ie; alternative proposals and strategies? Why wasn’t the membership included/conferred with in these strategies, discussions, and proposals? Why wasn’t the members given a vote on the issue?

Regardless of whether or not extensive discussions indeed took place, all of the options on the table have one very familiar thing in common, members are being pitted against members. Nothing good ever comes from this. It just serves to strengthen management’s position when it comes time for the next round of contract talks. Didn’t we learn this last time?

The Local leadership has, once again, imposed management’s rules of engagement upon the membership and have us accepting the parameters set for us by the MTA. For the Samuelsen/Utano leadership to merge the seniority of TA Surface with MaBSTOA, bringing us ever closer to a regional bus company, instead of fighting for relocation or the reconstruction of the 126th Street depot in a respectful manner which honors the grave sight the depot is built upon, is inconceivable.  Political, religious, and community alliances needed to be brought to bear to preserve the integrity of the sight and at the same time continue to service the community in the manner in which they are accustomed. Not to mention to preserve the seniority rights of our members and preserve the history of the Manhattan Division of TA Surface operators and maintenance. Even a delay, a stay of execution would put pressure on the Authority to come up with alternatives, as in the matter of the proposed closing of the Franklin Shuttle in which the community, together with Local 100, rallied to reverse the closing of the line and resulted in it’s rebuilding and continued operation. Where were these options now?

The fact that transit workers must be expected to bear the brunt of management’s whims is annoyingly familiar. Going back to the layoffs in 2010, instead of fighting back, Samuelsen decided that transit workers would pick up the tab for whatever management had in store for us. Remember the bright idea to start a dollar van company and hire laid off bus operators to scab our own lines? Or Samuelsen’s proposal to fund the MTA’s so called budget shortfalls to the tune of $35 million a year in direct membership payroll deductions. Read the article below.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/mta-nixed-bid-save-35m-workers-jobs-transit-union-chief-article-1.182884#ixzz0s96I0hUx%20%29

Remember the Solidarity Fund vote rigging scam, extending the deadline of the vote when it didn’t go the leadership’s way?

Today the Union leadership engages in political persecution, threats, and “gag orders” to prevent the membership from hearing the truth about what happened with 126th Street. Don’t be surprised if the depot is replaced by a skyscraper condominium built by developers friendly to the Cuomo administration. And don’t be surprised if our enthusiastic endorsement of the Governor doesn’t result in the coveted non-voting MTA

Board seat that Mr. Samuelsen may have his eyes on.

As this story continues to play itself out, and the pieces of this regional bus puzzle fall into place, don’t be surprised to find that we were all sold out for peanuts.

 

In Solidarity,

90% of Subway Stations Need Structural Repairs

twulogoNAOnly 51 of the system’s 468 stations don’t require repairs, according to a new report released by Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

By Associated Press

October 3, 2014 7:02 a.m.

(AP) — A new report says that a majority of New York City’s subway stations are in need of structural and architectural repairs.

The report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that only 51 of the system’s 468 stations didn’t require repairs to stairs, columns, platform edges and lighting.

Mr. DiNapoli says NYC Transit said it was making progress. But the comptroller says the pace is too slow.

He says damaged stairs and platform edges pose risks for riders.

The report was based on the most recent data available-a 2012 survey conducted by NYC Transit.

The MTA, which runs the system, says none of the stations were unsafe.

It says the report didn’t take into account its new approach to repairing components across the system rather than entire stations.

The above article was redistributed by Crain’s Business New York.

 

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Damaged stairs and platform edges are unsafe for riders and transit workers. This is common sense. What’s also unsafe is unmanned stations, platform overcrowding, steel dust, homeless attacks on transit workers, criminals, sexual predators, insects and vermin, stations overheating in the summer, etc. The list is endless.

It is the responsibility of our employer to make our work locations safe. It is the responsibility of our Union to get on management’s case about their uncaring and seemingly oblivious response to NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s findings. Two things need to happen here. Management needs to rehabilitate these unsafe stations and the Union needs to make sure that the work belongs solely to us.

 

In Solidarity.

Report on African American Heritage Parade in Harlem

twulogoNAAs was previously reported by this news alert, on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, our Union assembled to march in the African American Heritage Parade. Wave after wave of African American pride rolled up Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. from 111th Street to 138th Street passed the grandstand on 125th Street.

What was particularly impressive were the Police, Fire Dept., EMT., etc., marching smartly in their uniforms behind flags and banners proudly displaying their colors and slogans. Behind them, the fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles that signify their presence on a daily basis in our great city. Organizations that understand the vital role they play in ensuring our safety and reminding the community of that pride…

…and then came us.

No leadership, no banner up front to identify us, no order whatsoever. No tee shirts to commemorate the day. No bus or emergency response vehicles or work trucks. What good are the museum buses that we restored if we can’t arrange to bring them out for a parade to show our history?

The point being, we must always take advantage of public displays like parades, to put our best foot forward. We need to be more professional. Our members are just as visible and just as vital to the operation of this great city. We are proud public servants. We move New York. Our membership deserves to be portrayed to the community as the professionals that they are. What does it say about us to the public when our own leadership won’t lead us through Harlem?

 

In Solidarity,

African American Heritage Parade in Harlem

twulogoNALocal 100 members will be gathering this afternoon to celebrate the African American Heritage Day Parade. The parade begins on 111 Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. @ 1pm. TWU members will be meeting on 112 Street.

The first African American Day Parade was held in September 1969 in Harlem. The first Grand Marshal was Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. The parade route started at 111th Street and Seventh Avenue and terminated at 142nd Street. Harlem was selected as the site for the parade due to its large representation of African American people.

The parade website states, “The purpose of the parade is to provide an opportunity for African people to join together on a Special Day to highlight our history and salute African people throughout America and the world for their outstanding achievements. The parade promotes unity, dignity and pride. The parade extends a special arena for organizations, dignitaries, celebrities, community leaders and bands to showcase positive accomplishments for the motivation of African people to achieve higher goals”.

Congratulations to  our African American brothers and sisters and to all Local 100 members on this day of pride and solidarity.

 

TWU Local 100 Attempts to Decertify ATU Bus Property.

 

In a letter sent by the Amalgamated Transit Union’s President Larry Handley to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka dated July 2, 2014, the ATU is charging TWU under Article XX section 2 of the AFL-CIO constitution which forbids actively raiding other AFL-CIO affiliated properties. It reads;

“Each affiliate shall respect the established collective bargaining relationship of every other ­affiliate. No affiliate shall organize or attempt to represent employees as to whom an established collective bargaining relationship exists with any other affiliate. For purposes of this Article, the term “established collective bargaining relationship” means any situation in which an affiliate, or any local or other subordinate body thereof, has either (a) been recognized by the employer (including any governmental agency) as the collective bargaining representative for the ­employees involved for a period of one year or more, or (b) been certified by the National Labor Relations Board or other federal or state agency as the collective bargaining representative for the employees”

The property in question is the Spring Creek MTA Bus depot (the former Command Bus Co.) on Flatlands Ave. in Brooklyn. Spring Creek (ATU Local 1181) has part time bus operators on the property.

This legal battle has big picture ramifications that were, of course, kept from TWU Local 100 MTA Bus officers and membership discussion and debate. Concerns are;

How much will this legal battle cost an already exhausted and in the red Local 100 treasury?

How will this raid on our sister Union affect our relationship with the ATU in the future, regardless of the outcome?

Will this raid lead to our expulsion from the AFL-CIO?

Is the Samuelsen/Utano administration moving us closer to Regional Bus as they have by unilaterally dovetailing seniority with 126 Street and MaBSTOA, foregoing a vote by the membership?

What is to stop the ATU from raiding TWU properties, not just in NY but throughout the country, now that our long standing relationship and solidarity is strained?

Is this move sanctioned by the TWU International with the blessing of TWU President Harry Lombardo?

Are we prepared to deal with the fact that part time bus operators will become part of our bargaining unit if this raid is successful? Did we promise Spring Creek members that we would abolish part timers if they select us as their new representatives?

Many questions. No answers.

The raiding of other AFL-CIO affiliates instead of joining with labor to organize unrepresented properties is ludicrous. We go from a position of solidarity with labor to being a rogue entity within the labor movement; very much the same thing we accuse other “mom and pop” Unions of, when they attempt to raid us.

As the labor movement continues to suffer attack after attack by corporations and government corporate lackeys, solidarity with labor is our biggest and most valuable asset. Does this move hurt TWU in the big picture? We hope not, but time will tell.

 

In Solidarity,

 

TWU Local 100 Leadership’s Ineptitude Causes Seniority Crises in TA Surface and MaBSTOA

twulogoNAThe closing of the 126 Street Depot in Manhattan, the only TA Surface Depot in that borough, has prompted controversy as to what to do with those displaced members. John Samuelsen has been pushing for a seniority dovetail of the 126th Street TA Surface members into the OA seniority list. This then precipitated a blow back from OA members, many of whom brought their concerns to Samuelsen and the OA reps at a heated meeting last Thursday night. Surprisingly, all 126th Street and Brooklyn Surface members were locked out of that meeting.

TA Surface members were under the impression that they would be getting their own depot and would, therefore, be able to retain their depot seniority, their TA Surface Manhattan division status, and continue to enjoy having a home of their own. And although the closing of 126 has been a burning issue for years, it’s urgency came to light for most when Chris Johnson, Vice President of Labor Relations wrote a letter to Pres. Samuelsen, dated July 28, 2014 informing him of the depot’s immediate closure and that no solution had been reached. Furthermore, according to Johnson, all 126 members would revert to the Brooklyn Division. The wording of the letter was more threatening than informative. The Union controls seniority and members would have been able to avail themselves of the consolidated pick.

This was a rude awakening to say the least.

As a result of the letter being made public, Samuelsen had to scramble and go into election mode and do what he does best; take the onus off management and place unacceptable solutions on the laps of members. In a letter by Samuelsen to the members of 126 Street, dated September 8th, 2014, he states that the “MTA has exercised it’s managerial rights” to close the depot. What about the rights of TA Surface members to keep it’s Manhattan Division intact? What about the MaBSTOA members rights to keep it’s super seniority at it’s locations in Manhattan and the Bronx as was voted on by the members?

We have seen this behavior by Samuelsen time and time again. Just as in the first ever layoffs we faced a few years ago. Instead of taking the fight to management, the membership was saddled with a “solidarity fund” to place the onus on the members to pay for laid off member’s health benefits. Today, we see the members of TA Surface lose their work and home and the OA member’s seniority disrupted. Why is this the only option available?

This is because we continue to operate within the parameters that management sets; parameters that are designed to pit member against member. And when we allow management to limit our options by setting these narrow parameters, the only solutions available to us become unacceptable.

There is an Executive Board meeting called for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 12 Noon to discuss the issue. There are also TA Surface Division Meetings at 11 AM and 6:30 PM at the Union Hall 195 Montague Street. The only solution fair and amicable to all members is to fight the closing of the depot and demand that management provide a home to 126 Street, not by snatching an OA depot, but by forcing them to provide a new one. This fight should have been started years ago. Don’t let your leadership off the hook. Demand that your representatives represent you, not Samuelsen’s political future.

 

In Solidarity,

One Battle’s Over, But the Struggle Continues!

Dear Supporters of Change at Local 100:

Thank you all for your hard work on this campaign. Congratulations to the winners.

We are not going away.  We fought the right fight for the right reasons.  Even though we weren’t successful this time in convincing enough voting members that the Samuelsen team wasn’t right for them, we have built an organization that will continue to put out the truth that Samuelsen and his spin doctors are hiding from the membership. We are going to keep fighting for the members of this great union, and keep working to build an organization that is worthy of the proud history of Local 100.

There is good news to report: Transport Workers United won 12 Executive Board seats. We have the majority of Divisional officers in 3 of 7 Divisions. We elected Division Chairs in 4 Divisions.  We elected 30 delegates to the International Convention.  We swept every seat we ran for in School Bus-Paratransit. And we swept every single seat in the Car Maintenance Division, from Vice President to executive Board to Divisional Officers to Convention Delegates.

The best news of all is that we have created a new team of dynamic young leaders in Local 100, many of whom made their first foray into union activism with this election.

What we must remain mindful of is that the Stand United officers are basically the same people who drove this Union into the ground. I know that a leopard never changes its spots. And now that they feel even more confident than they did three years ago, now that they believe (falsely) that they have no opposition, they will move deeper into mediocrity and apathy. We must remain focused and pay close attention to what is happening. And we must hold them accountable for this disaster of a contract coming soon.

In Solidarity,

Joe Campbell

 

Letter to the Chief: Helping Samuelsen Hide

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012 5:00 pm

JOSEPH CAMPBELL

Given that you are John Samuelsen’s “Chief” ally in his re-election bid, it’s no surprise that your editorial “Height of Hypocrisy” (Oct. 26 issue) tried to help him run and hide from the Wall Street Journal expose that showed he is trying to delay the bad news about a bad contract until after the Local 100 election in December. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Journal, which (unlike the Chief) has no dog in this election fight, confirmed the sad news we have been broadcasting all along: Samuelsen has no contract strategy; only an election strategy.

To try to protect Samuelsen you dredged up the 2005 strike again, pretending that 7-year-old strike, not Samuelsen’s own failures, is the reason Local 100 members are now near the end of a full year of no wage increases, a Tier 6 pension and, worst of all, no contract.

What you conveniently left out is that in 2009, the first negotiations after the 2005 strike, Local 100 negotiated a contract with an 11.23% raise, in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The only difference between 2009 and 2012 is that in 2012 John Samuelsen is the president of Local 100.

The outcome of the 2009 negotiations suggests a politically powerful, well-organized union—not the weak one that Samuelsen claims he inherited.

As for the union’s post-strike finances, the union had already done its own belt-tightening before its dues income was fully restored by the courts in November 2008. It carried no debts into 2009. If anything, in the immediate aftermath of dues revocation, the 2008-2009 round of contract negotiations took place under a more difficult situation for the union’s finances.

Among the other gains from the 2005 strike, Local 100 members won retiree health benefits for the first time ever, and bought a seven-year reprieve from the same Tier 6 pension that Samuelsen allowed in without a fight. He even called it a victory!

You also “forgot” to mention that the International Labor Organization (basically PERB for the whole world) ruled last year that the politicians and the courts violated our human rights when they took away the local’s dues checkoff, fined the members and the union and put its President in jail. The ILO said that the government should give us back those fines and compensate the local for the loss of checkoff. Maybe you “forgot” the ILO decision because the Samuelsen administration has done nothing with it. They’ve done nothing because it will take major organizing and mobilizing to implement it, and that’s just not what they’re about.

As for Roger Toussaint, he has no intention whatsoever of coming back and, luckily, it is up to transit workers to choose their leaders, not the press.

Contrary to the Chief’s biased “reporting,” our slate includes people from all factions and no faction at all. I value our members for their ability, experience and character. I don’t care who they may or may not have supported in the past. Now it’s time to make the future.

The Chief should stop serving as the mouthpiece for Mr. Samuelsen’s continuing efforts to blame others for his own failures.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL

Candidate for President, TWU Local 100, Transport Workers United Slate

 

Joe Campbell and the Transport Workers United Slate: A Vision for Rebuilding Local 100, a Strategy to Get There, and the Experience to Make it Happen.

Our Principles:

 Organizing and MobilizingSmoke and mirrors don’t cut it. The only way to show management we mean business is for our leaders to stop hiding in their fancy offices and come out into the field to organize and mobilize the united power of our 38,000 members.  We will reclaim and rebuild that proud Local 100 tradition.

Education and ParticipationLeaving the members in the dark doesn’t cut it.  We will shoulder the responsibility to enlighten and engage the members.  You have a right to real information, not P.R. spin, and to be a part of the decisions and actions that impact your life.

Hard Work.   No-Show Trade Unionism Doesn’t Cut it.  You won’t find us skipping negotiation sessions and critical meetings of top decision-makers. The best insight into how leaders lead is not what they promise to do in the future but what they ARE doing and how they live and operate in the here and now.

Unity. Infighting doesn’t cut it.  Our team is committed to working together to build better lives with and for our members, not fighting each other over perks and privileges.

Honest Trade Unionism. Financial scandals among the top leadership of Local 100 don’t cut it. We are committed to being honest stewards of the union’s resources.  And Liz Rodriguez, our Secretary-Treasurer candidate, has the financial expertise to make sure of it.

AccountabilityBlaming others for your failures doesn’t cut it.  We will hold ourselves to the highest standards.  We expect the members to hold us responsible.  We will not run and hide from accountability.

 Transparency.   Hiding the truth doesn’t cut it.  We will tell you what the contract, organizing and financial challenges the Local faces are, and how we plan to address them.

Time for Change!

We cant’ take 3 more of the last 3 years!

 

Vote the Transport Workers United Slate/

Joe Campbell for President of TWU Local 100

www.transportworkersunited.org  347-642-4535/646-807-5736 transportworkersunited@gmail.com

Samuelsen Loses Again, Angering Powerful Allies. Brace for Political Impact.

At a time when we need all the political support we can get in Albany for our contract fight, Samuelsen foolishly went up against powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and threw Local 100’s rapidly diminishing political weight behind the primary challenger to pro-labor Assembly Democrat Rhoda Jacobs.  He lost big.  It wasn’t even close.  Jacobs crushed Samuelsen’s choice with 68 percent of the vote.

Now who can Local 100 count on in Albany to support our contract fight?  Samuelsen didn’t take on just any old Democrat.  He foolishly backed a challenger against Rhoda Jacobs, who is Assistant Speaker and is close to Speaker Silver.  Samuelsen already angered a lot of allies by backing the losing primary challenger against Congressman Rangel.  This latest bone-headed move threatens to completely cut us off from the Assembly.   Are they smoking something funny up in those gold-plated offices at 1700 Broadway???  Or is Samuelsen covertly working for the Republicans and against the interests of Local 100 members?

Samuelsen’s decision to back the wrong horse was so unpopular among HIS OWN PEOPLE that he had to threaten and order paid union staff to go out and campaign for the challenger on the union’s dime.  Isn’t that illegal??

This is just the latest in an unbroken series of DEFEATS for Local 100’s political operation and mobilization machine under Samuelsen’s failed leadership. The most stunning of these was the creation of an inferior Tier 6 pension on his watch, which the Local had successfully fought off for decades. And he had the gall to call that a victory!

But there’s more:  The Rangel race.  Backing Elizabeth Crowley, who lost a Congressional race in Queens to Grace Meng. The loss of the MTA payroll tax, thanks to Samuelsen’s Republican buddy Martin Golden and his allies.  The loss of the Transit lock box.   And on and on and on.

We can’t take 3 more years of the last 3 years.

Vote the Transport Workers United Slate/

Joe Campbell for President of TWU Local 100

www.transportworkersunited.org  347-642-4535/646-807-5736 transportworkersunited@gmail.com

Vote the Transport Workers United Slate/
Joe Campbell for President of TWU Local 100

347-642-4535 /646-807-5736 transportworkersunited@gmail.com