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The NYC Transit Workers Are
Our Brothers and Sisters!
Support the Strike! Down with the Taylor Law!
The following is an email sent out early this morning to anti-war activists in the New York City metropolitan area in support of the Transit Workers Union Local 100, who are now on strike.
TWU Local 100 has been an active participant in the anti-war movement. They organized buses to bring workers to the September 24 mass demonstration of more than 300,000 in Washington DC.
Predictably, the government and the media are now demonizing the transit workers and are prepared to impose heavy penalties on the union and individual members for exercising the fundamental right to withhold their labor. The strike is about the defense of pensions and healthcare benefits, issues that are essential to all working people in the United States. This government can spend $1.5 billion every week for war and occupation in Iraq, but insists that society is "too poor" to be able to provide decent pensions and healthcare benefits for the people. Now is the time for everyone to stand with the TWU and the labor movement.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition supports the Transit Workers Union Local 100 in their struggle to win a fair contract. TWU members have a right to just working conditions, wages, health care and pension plans. We condemn the anti-labor Taylor Law, which criminalizes workers who exercise their basic right to strike. From the federal to the local level, this government has proven that it cares more about profit and war than the needs of poor and working people. Just as the TWU has marched with the antiwar movement, we in turn, march with them now, in their time of struggle.
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition is organizing TWU support teams. Help us pass out leaflets, build public support for the strike, and show solidarity to the transit workers. Click here to download the flyer.
We'll be at various depots throughout the morning - 148th St. and Lenox (Manhattan), 100th St and Lex (Manhattan), and 28-15 28th Ave. near Ulmer (Queens) among others - and then leafletting at bridges throughout the day. Call in at 212-694-8720 to find out where you can meet us.
The TWU Local 100 website instructs members and supporters to join in picket lines nearest to your home:
Gunhill Depot: 1910 Bartow Avenue
Pelham Barn/Westchester Sq. Yard: Eastchester Rd. & Water Street
Zerega CMF: 750 Zerega Avenue
180th Street Yard: 1151 East 180 Street
West Farms Depot: 1100 East 177th Street
Concourse Yard: 3119 Jerome Avenue
Jerome Yard: Jerome Ave. & Van Courtlandt Ave.
239th St. Barn: 4570 Furman Avenue
240th St. Barn: 5911 Broadway
241st St. White Plains Road. (RTO)
242nd St. Yard
Eastchester Depot: Interstate 95 at Exit 13
Yonkers Depot: 59 Babcock St.
Tiffany Iron: 1170 Oakpoint Avenue
Woodlawn 1 & 9 Lines (RTO)
370 Jay St./130 Livingston
Bergen St. Shop
East New York Depot/Shop: 1700 Bushwick Avenue
Flatbush Ave / Nostrand (RTO)
Flatbush Depot: Flatbush & Utica Ave.
Coney Island Yard: Avenue X & McDonald
Ulmer Park Depot: Cropsey Ave. & Bay
Jackie Gleason Depot: 871 Fifth Avenue
Pitkin Yard: 1434 Sutter Avenue
Livonia Shop: 824 Linwood Shop
Atlantic Ave/Bergen Street Shop: 1415 Bergen Street
Linden Shop: 1500 Linden Blvd.
Cozine: 50 Cozine Avenue
Rockaway Parkway Carnarsie L-line
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)
Parsons / Archer E & J lines (RTO)
Triboro Coach Depot: 8501 24th Avenue
Woodside Electronic Shop: 33-33 54th Street
34th St. - Penn Station *
Chambers St. Flagging Quarters (RTO)
Grand Central Station (RTO)
Kingsbridge Depot: 4065 10th Avenue
207th St. Yard: 3961 10 Avenue
Manhattanville Depot: 666 West 133rd St.
100th Street Depot: 1552 Lexington Avenue at 100th Street
Michael J. Quill Depot: 525 11th Avenue
West 53rd St Power/RCC: 53rd St. btw 8/9
126th Street Depot: 2460 Second Avenue
148th St. Lenox Ave.
168th St. C Line