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D'Amato, Connolly Appointed to New Posts by the Executive Board

NOVEMBER 30 -- Bus Maintainers Danny D'Amato and Sean Connolly have been appointed to new posts by the Executive Board. D'Amato, a 29 year veteran at MTA Bus, is now Division Chair. Sean Connolly, Chairman of Maintenance at College Point, is now a member of the Executive Board. Both men were sworn in at today's Executive Board meeting by President Tony Utano.

Danny D'Amato started out as a Bus Maintainer at Eastchester Depot in 1991, and first won union office in 2007 as a Section Vice Chair for Transportation and Maintenance at MTA Bus. Unique to that Division, both Operators and Maintainers are both represented by the same officers. Brother D'Amato served four terms as Section Vice Chair at Eastchester and then two terms as Division Vice Chair of MTA Bus.

Brother Connolly, wearing a shirt with a Cummins Diesel logo, is at right next to Recording Secretary LaTonya Crisp. Next to him is Brother D'Amato, and then Pres Utano. At President Utano's right are Private Lines VP Pete Rosconi, Administrative VP Lynwood Whichard, LaGuardia Depot Vice Chair Mike Capocci, and Secretary-Treasurer Earl Phillips.

WCBS Report Highlights "Determination and Sacrifice" of our Conductors

WCBS's Ali Bauman reported over the holiday on three generations of Conductors - the Gonzales Family - working through the years serving our fellow New Yorkers. Anchor Dana Tyler speaks of "the determination and sacrifice of our essential workers" and profiles the grit of the workers who move NYC in the face of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Testing Program for Transit Workers Getting Results

COVID-19 testing at MTA bus depots, rail yards, and other transit properties, identified 20 workers who had the contagious virus – but didn’t know it. As a result, those 20 workers managed to get medical attention, and quarantine themselves, more quickly. Testing continues to take place at bus and subway locations across the system to impede the spread.

]“This is exactly why we asked for this testing and screening program - to identify transit workers with the virus before they show symptoms like fever and fatigue,” TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said. “This enables our members to get medical attention more quickly, and isolate themselves at home, so they don’t inadvertently pass the virus to others on the job or in their community.”

TWU Local 100 strongly advocated for this workforce screening initiative, starting with the release of our 10-Point Plan for a Re-Opened NYC in the spring. It is an ongoing program, and the schedule of locations is updated weekly on the MTA portal. Since late October, 3,027 workers have been tested on Transit property with 20 positive results. Another 278 visited a Northwell Urgent Care center for testing, 18 tested positive.

Transit workers are testing positive for COVID-19 at a lower rate than the citywide average, which has been at approximately 3%. The rate for workers who were tested at work is .66 percent. The positivity rate for transit workers, including the Northwell testing, is approximately 1%.

“We are working hard to fight this virus,” Utano said. “The vice presidents and officers are constantly monitoring the situation and pushing the MTA to do more. We have to remain vigilant and work together, and that includes wearing your masks, especially when indoors.”

TWU Mourns Former Mayor David Dinkins, 93

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TWU Local 100 is mourning the passing of former Mayor David Dinkins, a close friend of Local 100 leaders and members over the decades, and the first and only black Mayor in the history of New York City. Mayor Dinkins was 93 and died at his home in Harlem just a month after his beloved wife of 67 years, Joyce Elizabeth Burrows Dinkins, passed away.

TWU strongly supported Mr. Dinkins in his run for Mayor in the Democratic primary in 1989 against long-time Local 100 foe, Ed Koch, and then again in the general election against Rudolph Giuliani.  The union again supported the Mayor in his close loss for reelection in 1993 to Giuliani.

The union remained close with the former Mayor over the years.  He was a frequent visitor to Transport Hall, and was a special honoree at the union’s Black History Celebration in 2017.

Local 100 President Tony Utano said: “Mayor Dinkins’ passing is a sad day for Local 100 members and all of New York.  He was a force for good in our City; a true unifier who effectively fought to bridge the racial and ethnic divides in our City and our country with intellect, kindness and humanity.  His death is a great loss at a time when America desperately needs leaders who would espouse Mayor Dinkins’ theme of our society as a ‘gorgeous mosaic.’ He will be sorely missed.”

 

In 2017, Mayor Dinkins gave the keynote address to TWU Local 100 at our Black History celebration in Harlem. In this speech, he described how former Manhattan Borough President and broadcast executive Percy Sutton, and then Harry Belafonte, encouraged him to run for Mayor. He says: “If you want to seek public office because you want to see your name in lights, you’re not properly motivated. If you want to seek office to help people, that’s all right.”

“You have given me an opportunity to serve this great city,” he tells the Union audience. “When I went to school in Harlem I was told that the City is a melting pot. But I say it’s not a melting pot. Instead it’s what I call a gorgeous mosaic. People come from all of the world to make this city great.

“And I know there are some folks who don’t realize the contributions made by colored folks to this City and to the nation. But the White House was built with slave labor. What’s important is that we see good in the generation following us and give them the  opportunity to achieve its potential. We owe them that.”

Read Mayor Dinkins' obit in the Daily News here.

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MaBSTOA Mounts White Line Safety Campaign

Don’t move your bus if riders are not maintaining a safe distance of at least six feet during a pandemic.
 
That’s the message TWU Local 100 officers and shop stewards delivered to Bus Operators at two big hubs in the Bronx last week as they launched the division’s “White Line Campaign.”
 
The officers and stewards, led by MaBSTOA Vice President Richard Davis, spoke to Bus Operators at two major hubs: White Plains Road/Pelham Parkway and White Plains Road/Gun Hill Road.
 
“All passengers have to be standing behind the white line at all times,” Chief Shop Steward Monique Rondon, explained. “If for some reason your bus is too crowded, stop and call control. Let control take command of the bus. Do not move the bus with people in front of your white line.”
 
Davis said he decided to launch the campaign after Bus Operators at recent shop-gate meetings reported white line infractions. The union delegation also urged Bus Operators to wear their masks properly and keep the partitions extended when riders are boarding or exiting. The outreach will continue at other bus stops in the Bronx and Manhattan, Davis said.

 

Liberty Lines Operator Honored for Saving a Baby's Life

Liberty Lines Bus Operator Anthony McPhail was walking out of a Yonkers deli after a coffee break when he heard a woman scream that her 4-month-old son was not breathing, CBS News reported. He cleared the child’s airway, performed CPR and saved the boy’s life. You can see the story here.

Brother McPhail (in uniform wearing black mask) was honored by Westchester elected officials, including State Senator Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers). On hand from the TWU were Private Lines VP Pete Rosconi and Division Chair Carlos Bernabel.

Brother McPhail credits his CPR training with the save and urges everyone to learn CPR.

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We Choose to Fight: Union Not Agreeing to Concessions

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