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This week, Congress took two noteworthy actions involving transit:
 
1) The House and Senate voted to provide a short-term funding patch so that federal surface transportation spending can continue until the fall.
 
2) The Senate passed the Drive Act, its surface transportation reauthorization bill to establish policy for transit and highways for the next six years. TWU opposes this legislation.

 

...Read more >> July 31, 2015

The July meeting of the TWU Working Women’s Committee (WWC) marked another successful commitment of TWU sisters across divisions to share ideas, strategies, stories and power. While each local WWC has taken on a number of important projects ranging from legislative and political action to organizing and training, the International’s WWC comes together several times a year to report out on local progress and move forward on the year’s key platforms and agenda items, many of which complement some of TWU International’s overall goals and priorities. 

The TWU Working Womens Committee Group Photo

 

...Read more >> July 31, 2015
Following several days of procedural voting on the surface transportation reauthorization bill, the U.S. Senate voted this week to move forward with their sweeping transportation package. Unfortunately the bill included transit public private partnership language that would make it easier to privatize transit work. We have opposed this bill during negotiations and continue to do so.
 
TWU continues to actively engage on this issue, sending letters to Senators, issuing statements, and working with elected officials and allies to fight for the best bill for our members. We believe these negotiations should be made out in the open with input from all stakeholders, and that’s why we’re continuously sharing information about this process. The debate over this bill is not over and before anything becomes law the Senate must take a final vote, the House has to write and pass its own legislation, and President Obama has to sign it.
 
 
...Read more >> July 24, 2015

The Mechanic & Related/Stores/MCT and Fleet Service TWU-IAM Association Negotiating Committees met for the first time this week at the IAM’s William Winpinsinger Training Center in Hollywood, MD. The Contract Preparation Program was launched by TWU-IAM Association Chair and Vice-Chair, Sito Pantoja and Harry Lombardo, who pledged the full support of the Association to attain our goal of industry-best collective bargaining agreements.


...Read more >> July 10, 2015
Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen today announced that the union has come to terms with the management of NYCBS-Motivate on a first-ever union contract for bikeshare workers in North America.
 
“This is an historic agreement,” Samuelsen said. “It greatly improves the income and benefits of these dedicated workers but just as importantly will lead to better service for bikeshare users. The workers organized and joined TWU last year first and foremost to improve a problem-plagued operation that was being terribly managed and was in jeopardy of failing on the biggest stage. They wanted the clout of the TWU in order to gain a voice in their workplace and help put the company on the road to recovery. Thanks to this contract and new company management, we are all now on that road.”
 
Update as of July 16:  Bikeshare members have overwhelmingly ratified their first union contract by an 83 percent margin (97-19). 
...Read more >> July 09, 2015
The Executive Board of Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, representing the Flight Attendants of Southwest Airlines, voted to approve a Tentative Agreement (TA) on a new  Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with Southwest Airlines Management.  The TA will now be presented to the 13,500+ Flight Attendants for a vote.
 
...Read more >> July 02, 2015