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Facing a Nov. 20 deadline, the House has passed a clean, bi-partisan extension of the Surface Transportation bill. The House and Senate now have until Dec. 4, 2015, to negotiate over the two different versions of the bill in a Conference Committee. Once they reach a final agreement, the House and Senate will each vote again on the revised reauthorization bill. 

Read more>> November 17, 2015
Today, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders introduced the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763), a multi-year surface transportation bill to reauthorize and reform federal highway, transit, and highway safety programs.
Read more>> October 20, 2015

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee plans to mark up the surface transportation reauthorization bill on Thursday, October 22. TWU has fought to include language in the bill requiring federal regulations to oppose transit privatization and protect transit operators from assault. 

The final legislative text will be released later this week. TWU will evaluate the language at that time and provide immediate updates to our members and allies.

Read more>> October 14, 2015
October 10, 2015
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Victory for TWU: MTA Capital Plan Gets Funded

Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor de Blasio and Metropolitan Transit Authority Chairman Prendergast announced an agreement on funding for the MTA Capital Plan after weeks of vocal pressure from TWU. The union issued the following statement:

“This is an incredible victory for the thousands of transit workers whose jobs are directly impacted by the MTA Capital Plan, and for the millions of New York’s working families who use the bus and subway system every day.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to Governor Cuomo for pressing this issue so hard and bringing it to a conclusion so that the MTA would not be forced to scale back the capital plan. Over three thousand TWU members earn their livelihoods keeping our transit system in a state of good repair, and any failure to properly fund it would have hurt workers and riders alike, to say nothing of the long term negative impact on the region’s economy.
Read more>> October 10, 2015
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
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

Following the June IEC meeting, presidents and officers from a number of Transit, Universities, Utilities and Services Division locals gathered in Chicago to discuss key issues, attend a number of trainings, and continue to build strength and unity within the division.

Read more>> June 29, 2015
On Dec. 1, 2008, Bus Operator Edwin Thomas, a 46-year old father of two, was stabbed to death by a passenger on the B-46 Bus at Malcolm X Boulevard and Gates Ave in New York. He was loved by his co-workers and respected and liked by his passengers.  Local 100 has helped keep his memory alive with annual memorials near the site of his murder, and now, with the help of City Councilman Alan Maisel, there will be a permanent memorial for Edwin Thomas: a street co-named in his honor in the shadow of the Flatbush Bus Depot, home to the B46 Line.
Read more>> June 08, 2015





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