Transit Worker

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

TWU Local 100 Strike Assignments (revised 12-20)

This is a list of TWU Local 100 Strike locations.

THE BRONX

180th Street Yard: 1151 East 180 Street
239th St. Barn: 4570 Furman Avenue
240th St. Barn: 5911 Broadway
241st St. White Plains Road. (RTO)
242nd St. Yard
Concourse Yard: 3119 Jerome Avenue
Dyer Avenue
Eastchester Depot: Interstate 95 at Exit 13
Gunhill Depot: 1910 Bartow Avenue
Jerome Yard: Jerome Ave. & Van Courtlandt Ave.
Parkchester (RTO)
Pelham Barn/Westchester Sq. Yard: Eastchester Rd. & Water Street
Tiffany Iron: 1170 Oakpoint Avenue
West Farms Depot: 1100 East 177th Street
Woodlawn 1 & 9 Lines (RTO)
Yonkers Depot: 59 Babcock St.
Zerega CMF: 750 Zerega Avenue

BROOKLYN

370 Jay St./130 Livingston
Atlantic Ave/Bergen Street Shop: 1415 Bergen Street
Bedford
Bergen St. Shop
Coney Island Yard: Avenue X & McDonald
Conway
Cozine: 50 Cozine Avenue
Crosstown-Box St.
East New York Depot/Shop: 1700 Bushwick Avenue
Flatbush Ave / Nostrand (RTO)
Flatbush Depot: Flatbush & Utica Ave.
Jackie Gleason Depot: 871 Fifth Avenue
Linden Shop: 1500 Linden Blvd.
Livonia Shop: 824 Linwood Shop
Pitkin Yard: 1434 Sutter Avenue
Rockaway Parkway Carnarsie L-line
Stillwell Ave.
Ulmer Park Depot: Cropsey Ave. & Bay

QUEENS

71st & Continental G,R & V lines (RTO)
179th St. F-line (RTO)
College Point Depot: 128-15 28th Avenue
Corona Barn: 126-53 Willets Point Blvd.
Ditmars Blvd. N & W lines (RTO)
Fresh Pond Depot: 56-99 Fresh Pond Road
Jamaica Barn: 7815 Grand Central Parkway
Jamaica Depot: 114-15 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Main St. 7-line (RTO)
Maspeth CMF:
Parsons / Archer E & J lines (RTO)
Triboro Coach Depot: 8501 24th Avenue
Woodside Electronic Shop: 33-33 54th Street

MANHATTAN

34th St. - Penn Station *
100th Street Depot: 1552 Lexington Avenue at 100th Street
126th Street Depot: 2460 Second Avenue
148th St. Lenox Ave.
168th St. C Line
207th St. Yard: 3961 10 Avenue
Chambers St. Flagging Quarters (RTO)
Grand Central Station (RTO)
Kingsbridge Depot: 4065 10th Avenue
Manhattanville Depot: 666 West 133rd St.
Michael J. Quill Depot: 525 11th Avenue
West 53rd St Power/RCC: 53rd St. btw 8/9

Toussaint: TWU Local 100 on Strike

Dec. 20 - With a one billion dollar surplus, a contract between the MTA and Transport Workers Union Local 100 should have been a no brainer. Sadly, that has not been the case.

Our contract expired on midnight Thursday. In an attempt to save mass transit and in deference to our riders, we postponed our deadline and attempted to continue talking to the MTA.

From the beginning, the MTA approached these negotiations in bad faith: they demanded arbitration before even trying to resolve the contract and hours before the contract expired, the MTA spent its one billion dollar surplus -- a surplus which we believe continues to be understated by some one hundred million dollars.

The MTA knew that reducing health and pension standards would be unacceptable to our union. They knew that there was no good economic reason for their hard line on this issue - not with a billion dollar surplus. They went ahead anyway, supported by the Bloomberg administration, which wants to overrun municipal labor unions and all city workers with down pressed wages and gutted health benefits and pension plans.

This has been combined with continued attempts by the MTA, the governor, and the mayor, to intimidate and threaten our members and their families.

This is a fight over whether hard work will be rewarded with a decent retirement and over the erosion or eventual elimination of health benefits for working people. And it is a fight over dignity and respect on the job; a concept that is alien to the MTA.

Transit workers are tired of being under appreciated and disrespected.

The Local 100 Executive Board has voted overwhelmingly to strike all MTA properties effective immediately.

All Local 100 representatives and shop stewards are directed to report to their assigned strike locations, picket lines, or facilities nearest you, immediately.

To our riders, we ask for your understanding and forbearance.

We stood with you to keep token booths open, to keep conductors on the train, and to oppose fare hikes.

We now ask that you stand with us.

We did not want a strike; the MTA, the governor and the mayor did.

We call on the good will of New Yorkers, the labor community, and all working people, to recognize that our fight is their fight, and to rally in our support -- to show the MTA that the TWU does not stand alone.

-Roger Toussaint, President, TWU Local 100

Saturday, December 17, 2005

TWU Local 100 Strike Plans for Jamaica Bus and Triboro Coach

Dec. 17 - TWU Local 100 Executive Board voted on Friday, Dec. 16 to go out on strike against Triboro Coach and Jamaica Bus on Monday, Dec. 19, at 12:01 a.m.

As always, Local 100 members will meet our responsibility for the safety of our riders, for the safety of all transit workers, and for the safe maintenance of the equipment we will use when we get a fair contract and return to work.

Local 100 members shall make sure that Jamaica Bus and Triboro Coach are shut down safely and efficiently at the beginning of the strike. Local 100 members shall then make sure that the system stays shut down for the duration of the strike.

Local 100 members must document the safe shutdown to prevent any possible management sabotage and any attempts to blame transit workers for management misconduct or carelessness.

SAFETY FIRST: SAFE SHUT-DOWN PROCEDURES

All Local 100 members who do not have specific assignments from the Union will stop work at 12:01 AM on Monday, Dec. 19, at 12:01 a.m.

All buses scheduled to leave the garage after 12:01 a.m. are to remain in the house.

All buses shall return to the garage after completing the nearest trip – whether this shall be immediately before or after 12:01 A.M.

Passengers on the last trip must be taken to their destinations.

No Passenger will be left stranded on a bus.

Buses will return to the garage, DARK, on the return trip.

All buses are to be secured at the garage against weather and vandalism.

NO BUS IS TO BE ABANDONED ON THE STREET AFTER THE STRIKE BEGINS.

SHIFTERS are to remain at work until all buses have been secured.

ALL RECEIPTS are to be turned in to the garage by the Operator before leaving the garage.

Keep careful records. Document everything.

SAFETY CREWS for fire watch and heat will remain on duty as designated by the Strike Committee.

LEADERSHIP

The Transportation Chair, Maintenance Chair, and Inspector Chair will be in charge of the garage.

One (1) Steward from Transportation and one (1) Steward from Maintenance will be in charge of the picket lines on each watch.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

TWU Local 100 System Shut-Down Plans

SAFETY FIRST
Shut the Trains and Buses Down /Get the Picket Lines Up

TWU Local 100 System Shut-down Plans
December, 2005

If the MTA forces Local 100 out on strike, we will continue to put safety first. As always, local 100 members will meet our responsibility for the safety of our riders for the safety of all transit workers for the safe maintenance of the equipment we will use when the strike ends.

Local 100 members shall make sure that the entire mass transit system is shut down safely and efficiently at the beginning of the strike. Then Local 100 members shall make sure that the system stays shut down for the duration of the strike.

Local 100 members must document the safe shutdown to prevent any possible management sabotage and any attempts to blame transit workers for management misconduct or carelessness.

Safe Shutdown Procedures

If the Local 100 Executive Board declares a strike, all Local 100 members who do not have specific assignments from the Union will stop work at 12:01 AM on the appointed strike date. Please see the Strike Assignments memo for more instructions.

MaBSTOA and TA Surface BUS OPERATORS AND MAINTAINENCE

All buses scheduled to leave the depot after 12:01 a.m. are to remain in the house.
All buses shall return to the depot after completing the nearest trip – whether this shall be immediately before or after 12:01 A.M.
Passengers on the last trip must be taken to their destinations.
No Passenger will be left stranded on a bus.
Buses will return to the depot, DARK, on the return trip.
All buses are to be secured at the depot against weather and vandalism.
NO BUS IS TO BE ABANDONED ON THE STREET AFTER THE STRIKE BEGINS.
SHIFTERS are to remain at work until all buses have been secured.
ALL RECEIPTS are to be turned in to the depot by the Operator before leaving the depot.
Keep careful records. Document everything.
SAFETY CREWS for fire watch and heat will remain on duty as designated by the Strike Committee.

LEADERSHIP
The Chairman of each depot plus one (1) Steward from Maintenance will be in charge of the depot.
One (1) Steward from Operators and one (1) Steward from Maintenance will be in charge of the picket lines on each watch.

STATIONS
Chain and lock each STATION TURNSTILE at 12:01 a.m. STAIRWAY GATES and HIGH GATES shall remain open to allow passengers to leave the system.
Prepare BOOTH BANK, KEYS, BLOCK TICKETS, and all BOOTH PROPERTY and have it ready to be bagged when Supervision arrives. Witness Supervision DROP THESE BAGS. GET A RECEIPT for all you turn-in.
REMAIN ON DUTY UNTIL PROPERLY RELIEVED BY A SUPERVISOR.
The T.A. will be warned not to send additional reserves of tokens.
COLLECTING AGENTS will Report to picket headquarters at their place of work on their regularly assigned tours of duty.
Lock up all tools and equipment, all toilets, and elevator cars.

CAR MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT (CED)
ROAD CAR INSPECTORS on the job at 12:01 a.m. shall remain at work until the last car under their jurisdiction is safely secured. They should ride the last train into the terminal.
ROAD CAR INSPECTORS at home terminals shall remain at work until all trains have been safely secured. Secure all trains in the open from weather and vandalism.
SAFETY CREWS for the maintenance of heat and plant shall be designated.
OVERHAUL AND MAINTENANCE SHOPS – ALL TITLES: Secure all tools, equipment and trains. Then all members report for picket duty outside of your location.

LEADERSHIP
The Chairperson at each location is in charge of the location.
Three Stewards and/or members shall be designated in charge on each tour. Picket lines shall be established at all entrances for personnel and trucks.

MAINTENANCE OF WAY (MOW)
ALL SIGNAL MAINTAINERS on the job at 12:01 a.m. will remain at work until the last train has passed their location. Signals should then be thrown on RED. A Signal Safety Crew will be designated.
One (1) member in each quarters will be designated to be in charge.
Members not otherwise assigned will report to the nearest strike headquarters.
Members will not perform emergency services.
POWER DEPARTMENT
A team of three (3) members will be in charge in each borough – one on each watch. They will be located at Central Locations.
EMERGENCY LIGHTING is to BE LEFT ON and power for drainage and ventilation in tunnels is to be maintained.
Unassigned personnel will report to nearest strike headquarters for assignment.

RAPID TRANSIT OPERATIONS (RTO)
All scheduled runs up to 12:01 a.m. will be operated. All runs scheduled to leave a home terminal or other terminal up to and including 12:01 a.m. shall COMPLETE THE TRIP and then return to the home terminal DARK where the trains shall be laid up.
All trains are to be secured properly in the yards and lay-up tracks before the crews go out on strike.
SWITCHMEN AND TOWER OPERATORS scheduled to report at 12:00 a.m. (midnight), will do so and continue to cover their assignments until the last train under their jurisdiction has been safely laid up.
In the event supervision attempts to re-route trains, crews will refuse to operate except on their regular schedule.
TOWER OPERATORS should set all signals on red before leaving.

LEADERSHIP
ONE TRAIN OPERATOR AND ONE CONDUCTOR shall be placed in full charge of each terminal; and
ONE TRAIN OPERATOR AND ONE CONDUCTOR shall be in charge on each tour. Their responsibilities include maintaining proper picket lines.