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Trial Date Set in Bus Assault; Union Objects to "Alternatives to Incarceration"

MAY 23 – Over 75 Bus Operators and other transit workers crowded a Manhattan criminal courtroom this morning for the trial of Rashon Eagle, who is accused of assaulting Bus Operator Moses Adams on the M15 Bus last February. After a brief scuffle with our Bus Operator, Eagle allegedly attacked Adams with a knife. Fortunately, our Operator was able to disarm him.
 
Bus Operator Adams was present in the courtroom along with his wife and Local 100 officers from MABSTOA including VP Donald Yates and Division Chair Sean Battaglia.
 
The case was called at 10:45am. In the brief hearing, a Legal Aid attorney representing the assailant said that his client’s last arrest had occurred in 2018 and that he was seeking an Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) decision for drug and mental health treatment. The judge said that the parties were free to agree on an ATI, but that in the meantime he was setting a trial date of August 15. The attacker, Rashon Eagle, is currently out on $3,000 cash bail.
 
Outside the court, MABSTOA VP Donald Yates disagreed with the possibility of an ATI. “Moses Adams faced a very terrible assault,” Yates said outside of court. “We’re not feeling like we’re getting the justice that is deserved in this matter. This case was an attempted murder. He fought for his life. The least the court system could do is prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. Our Operators face daily challenges while serving the public.”
 
Division Chair Sean Battaglia said in part, “This was attempted murder… We come to work to provide a service for the riding public. We do not come here to get assaulted. To hear that this accused attacker had the option of an ATI is an outrage. We’re not going to stand for it.”

Summer Internship Program — Paid!

Attention High School Juniors, Seniors, and College Freshmen!

TWU Local 100 takes pride in offering an internship opportunity exclusively for the sons and daughters of TWU Local 100 members in good standing.

Would you like to find out how a major labor union works, from the inside?
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Interns will get hands on learning and experience of behind the scenes operations of one of the largest unions in New York City.

The internship lasts from June 17th through August 30th, 2024 and will be located at the TWU Local 100 Union Hall at 195 Montague Street in Brooklyn.

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Union Blasts Bronx DA for Mental Health Waiver in CTA Assault Case

TWU Local 100 Station VP Robert Kelley blasted Bronx DA Darcel Clark for allowing defendant Alexander Wright to claim mental health as a reason to delay his ongoing trial in the Bronx. Wright assaulted CTA Anthony Nelson in August of 2022, inflicting serious injuries which still have not healed. In this Fox 5 report, Kelley notes that Wright has over 40 arrests on his rap sheet and Fox 5 showed surveillance video of Wright sucker punching an Asian woman in Chinatown. Wright previously claimed mental illness and the trial was already put on hold once, before he was judged fit to stand trial. This latest delay comes from the Bronx DA's office and has stirred anger among transit workforce who see justice delayed yet again.

Show Your Talent at Family Day — Register Now!

Attention: TWU Local 100 Members: Showcase Your Talent in Our Union Talent Show! Show up & show out….

Get ready to shine and share your talents with your fellow union members! We are excited to announce the upcoming TWU Local 100 Talent Show hosted at Family Day, June 1st at Maimonides Park, where we will celebrate the diverse skills and abilities within our union family.

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Union Leads Legal Battle Against MTA Over Pregnancy Discrimination

In a bold move to address the widespread denial of reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers within the MTA, Richard Davis, President of TWU Local 100, has thrown his support behind members in need of reasonable accommodations in the TA Surface Department as they pursue a landmark lawsuit. The legal action, an Article 78 proceeding filed in New York State Supreme Court on April 18, aims to challenge the systemic barriers faced by pregnant employees and demands equitable treatment of women within the transit authority.

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TWU Local 100 Family Day Celebration!

Mark your calendars for an unforgettable day of fun, camaraderie, and family bonding! TWU Local 100 proudly presents Family Day on June 1st, 2024, at the scenic Maimonides Park, in the heart of Coney Island, adjacent to all the big rides.

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Major Victories in State Budget For Local 100 Pension Reform, Overtime Calculation Extensions, and Protection Against Spitting Incidents!

As the Albany budget dust settles, TWU Local 100 can claim significant victories on three fronts -- a more favorable calculation for Tier 6 retirement benefits, a carry-over of overtime pension calculation benefits from the COVID-19 years, and a breakthrough in raising penalties for perpetrators in spitting incidents on NYCT workers.

These accomplishments are due to persistent engagement by our membership -- who showed up in Lobby Day in unprecedented numbers -- along with a full-court press by union leaders and staff, said President Richard Davis. Davis also credited the win to a new initiative, organized by our Tier 6 Reform Committee Chair and Co-Chair, that brought a large group of transit workers -- Tier 6 Ambassadors -- to the State Capitol as the budget was being finalized.

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Yoga, Relaxation Classes Come to the Union Hall

Local 100 will present relaxation and yoga classes at the Union Hall beginning later this month. The Relaxation sessions include guided relaxation, breathing, and aromatherapy. The Yogatation class will teach techniques that you can apply anytime you want a healthy break during your workday.

Relaxation classes take place on Fridays: May 17th, June 14th, and July 12th. Sessions last 30 minutes, and four are scheduled on each day from 2PM to 4PM.

Yogatation takes place on 11 Fridays from April 26th through July 26th in two one-hour sessions from 2PM and 3PM and from 3PM to 4PM.

 

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