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TWU Local 101’s Executive Board on Wednesday elevated Vice President Constance Bradley to President as mandated by Local 101’s bylaws.

While we all continue to grieve the sudden and tragic death of President Michael Conigliaro on Tuesday, the Executive Board is focused on both the day-to-day operations of the union and the major issues confronting the membership. 

We have heavy hearts but we stand on solid ground with many years of leadership experience, and we are committed to moving forward on behalf of our men and women in the field. 

"We mourn the loss of our great friend Mike and will keep his family in our prayers," TWU International President Harry Lombardo said. "I want the membership to know that the TWU International leadership supports Constance 100 percent in her new role as Local 101 President. We stand ready to provide any and all assistance to President Constance Bradley and Local 101 during this very difficult time."

The board voted at its September meeting to move Bradley from the Financial Secretary-Treasurer position to VP as Josephine Arroyo retired.

The Executive Board on Wednesday also approved the following appointments: Joe Coscia, Vice President; Stephen Sipp, Financial Secretary-Treasurer; Bruce Cox, Recording Secretary; John DeMarota, Executive Board member.

 

TWU Local 101 Mourns the Passing of President Michael Conigliaro   TWU Local 101 is mourning the unexpected passing of its beloved President Michael Conigliaro. He was only 58 years old. Mike died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning at his home on Staten Island. Local 101 Secretary-Treasurer Constance Bradley broke the tragic news to National Grid and HomeServe employees in an email blast. “We all loved Mike as a Union brother and as a great leader,” Bradley said. “No one can express how deeply we will miss Mike. Please keep Mike's family in your prayers.” We remember Mike in some recent photos here. In addition to being president of Local 101, Mike was a TWU International Vice President, and one of the International’s ablest and most dynamic leaders. TWU Local 100 President and International Executive Vice President John Samuelsen expressed profound grief on behalf of the city’s 38,000 bus and subway workers. “This is an incredibly sad moment for Local 100 and the entire labor movement in New York City,” Samuelsen said. “He was a tremendous leader for his members in Local 101, and was like a brother to me and well loved by everyone here in Local 100.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, and to the family of Local 101 during this trying time.” Mike was elected Local 101 President in September 2012 after serving nearly 20 years as Vice President. He also served as Recording Secretary. With keen intelligence and a sharp wit, Mike steered Local 101 through two tumultuous corporate takeovers of the venerable Brooklyn Union Gas Co., first by the Keyspan Corporation in 1998 and then by international energy conglomerate National Grid in 2006.  He skillfully resisted all efforts to marginalize the workforce, and protected their contracts and benefits against demands for major givebacks. As news of his death spread though National Grid’s facilities in Brooklyn and Queens, more than a few workers were unable to continue. They returned their trucks and walked out of National Grid facilities. “That’s the kind of man we are grieving,” said retired Local 101 Vice President Josephine Arroyo said. “He was a great father, a great grandfather and he treated his members like his own family.” Under Mike’s leadership, Local 101’s membership grew from about 1,200 to 1,600 and its growth is expected into 2017. He negotiated a 5-year contract with National Grid that gave workers 13.5% raises and free dental. “He was a proud union man and he inspired others to share that pride and engagement in the labor movement,” Recording Secretary Joe Coscia said. Executive Board members Stephen Sipp and Bruce Cox said Mike was universally respected, and he will always be remembered for the unflagging support he gave to his fellow union members. “He never turned anyone away,” Sipp said. “He helped everyone. He fought for everyone.” Mike also encouraged members to participate in our Democracy by voting, and he launched a successful voter-registration drive at National Grid properties. Mike came from a strong union family with ties to labor across the city and country.  His brother James Conigliaro is Executive Vice President of the International Association of Machinists. Another brother, Frank, owns a top-to-bottom union printing company, that services Local unions throughout the City.  His nephew, Jimmy, is Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council representing the Machinists. Mike is survived by his wife, Tina, three children, Michael Jr., Jacqueline, and Steve, four grandchildren, two sisters and six brothers. Arrangements are as follows:  Viewing Friday Nov. 4, 2016 2:00pm-7:00pm Martin Hughes Funeral Home 530 Narrows Road South Staten Island, NY 10304 Memorial Mass Saturday, November 5, 2016 12:00 Noon Our Lady Star of the Sea 5371 Amboy Rd. Staten Island, NY 10312 Phone: 718-984-0593 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital in Mike Conigliaro’s name.     Dear Brothers & Sisters, It is with profound grief that I am informing you this morning of the unexpected passing of our President, Michael Conigliaro. Mike passed away early this morning at home, apparently of a massive heart attack. He was 58. We all loved Mike as a Union brother and as a great leader. Your Executive Board is meeting today to deal with this profound loss. No one can express how deeply we will miss Mike. Please keep Mike's family in your prayers. I will keep you posted regarding arrangements. In Solidarity, Constance Bradley Secretary-Treasurer From the Officers and the Executive Board TWU Local 101

TWU Local 101 Mourns the

Passing of President Michael

Conigliaro

 

TWU Local 101 is mourning the unexpected passing of its beloved President Michael Conigliaro. He was only 58 years old.

Mike died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday morning at his home on Staten Island.

Local 101 Secretary-Treasurer Constance Bradley broke the tragic news to National Grid and HomeServe employees in an email blast.

“We all loved Mike as a Union brother and as a great leader,” Bradley said. “No one can express how deeply we will miss Mike. Please keep Mike's family in your prayers.”

We remember Mike in some recent photos here.

In addition to being president of Local 101, Mike was a TWU International Vice President, and one of the International’s ablest and most dynamic leaders.

TWU Local 100 President and International Executive Vice President John Samuelsen expressed profound grief on behalf of the city’s 38,000 bus and subway workers.

“This is an incredibly sad moment for Local 100 and the entire labor movement in New York City,” Samuelsen said. “He was a tremendous leader for his members in Local 101, and was like a brother to me and well loved by everyone here in Local 100.  Our hearts and prayers go out to his family, and to the family of Local 101 during this trying time.”

Mike was elected Local 101 President in September 2012 after serving nearly 20 years as Vice President. He also served as Recording Secretary.

With keen intelligence and a sharp wit, Mike steered Local 101 through two tumultuous corporate takeovers of the venerable Brooklyn Union Gas Co., first by the Keyspan Corporation in 1998 and then by international energy conglomerate National Grid in 2006.  He skillfully resisted all efforts to marginalize the workforce, and protected their contracts and benefits against demands for major givebacks.

As news of his death spread though National Grid’s facilities in Brooklyn and Queens, more than a few workers were unable to continue. They returned their trucks and walked out of National Grid facilities.

“That’s the kind of man we are grieving,” said retired Local 101 Vice President Josephine Arroyo said. “He was a great father, a great grandfather and he treated his members like his own family.”

Under Mike’s leadership, Local 101’s membership grew from about 1,200 to 1,600 and its growth is expected into 2017. He negotiated a 5-year contract with National Grid that gave workers 13.5% raises and free dental.

“He was a proud union man and he inspired others to share that pride and engagement in the labor movement,” Recording Secretary Joe Coscia said.

Executive Board members Stephen Sipp and Bruce Cox said Mike was universally respected, and he will always be remembered for the unflagging support he gave to his fellow union members.

“He never turned anyone away,” Sipp said. “He helped everyone. He fought for everyone.”

Mike also encouraged members to participate in our Democracy by voting, and he launched a successful voter-registration drive at National Grid properties.

Mike came from a strong union family with ties to labor across the city and country.  His brother James Conigliaro is Executive Vice President of the International Association of Machinists. Another brother, Frank, owns a top-to-bottom union printing company, that services Local unions throughout the City.  His nephew, Jimmy, is Vice President of the New York City Central Labor Council representing the Machinists.

Mike is survived by his wife, Tina, three children, Michael Jr., Jacqueline, and Steve, four grandchildren, two sisters and six brothers.

Arrangements are as follows: 

Viewing

Friday Nov. 4, 2016

2:00pm-7:00pm

Martin Hughes Funeral Home

530 Narrows Road South

Staten Island, NY 10304

Memorial Mass

Saturday, November 5, 2016

12:00 Noon

Our Lady Star of the Sea

5371 Amboy Rd.

Staten Island, NY 10312

Phone: 718-984-0593

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Judes Children's Hospital in Mike Conigliaro’s name.

 

 

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

It is with profound grief that I am informing you this morning of the unexpected passing of our President, Michael Conigliaro. Mike passed away early this morning at home, apparently of a massive heart attack. He was 58.

We all loved Mike as a Union brother and as a great leader. Your Executive Board is meeting today to deal with this profound loss. No one can express how deeply we will miss Mike.

Please keep Mike's family in your prayers.

I will keep you posted regarding arrangements.

In Solidarity,

Constance Bradley

Secretary-Treasurer

From the Officers and the Executive Board

TWU Local 101

National Grid Seeks Rate Increase Amid Safety Questions

Kings County PoliticsMay 10, 2016

As National Grid, formerly the old Brooklyn Union Gas and later KeySpan,  seeks a 14% rate hike in New York, the city council and the company’s unionized workers are taking a tough stand on the utility’s current use of outside contractors and lack of inspectors on crucial infrastructure work.

National Grid delivers gas to 1.2 million residents in Brooklyn and Queens.  It installs and maintains supply lines and piping leading into homes, apartments, condominiums, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and other commercial and residential buildings, both large and small.

In January, the utility asked the State Public Service Commission to let it raise rates by 14% starting next year, its first price hike since 2008. The increase, which would be phased in over time, would boost National Grid’s revenue in the New York area by about $400 million.

But TWU Local 101, which represents 1,600 men and women employed by National Grid as field representatives and technicians, is pushing back against the proposal, noting that the company has tripled the amount of projects being done by outside contractors while failing to increase the number of inspectors.

As the inspectors can’t get to every site, they are currently directed to make their safety checks over the telephone by asking contractors if they did the work properly.

“The Public Service Commission absolutely needs to take a closer look at National Grid – and tighten safety regulations – before granting any rate increase,” said TWU Local 101 President Mike Conigliaro. “The Commission should direct National Grid to eliminate dangerous ‘inspections by telephone’ and ensure that trained National Grid employees inspect all the work that is done by outside contractors. The safety of the public is too important to cut corners.”

Siding with the union is Manhattan City Councilman Daniel Garodnick, who recently fired off a letter to the PSC noting that National Grid now utilizes 71 outside contractors, but has only 21 inspectors to sign off on their infrastructure work with much of it done through telephonic inspections.

“I am concerned that this system would not provide for inspections that are nearly as rigorous as an in-person inspection,” wrote Garodnick. “National Grid needs to ensure that they are managing their personal and hiring decisions in an effective and efficient way, and most important, that their operations pose no risk to public safety.I urge the Commission to direct National Grid to address these serious safety and management issues before considering a rate increase.”

Additionally the City Council recently saw several bills introduced relating to gas safety stemming from recent gas explosions at apartment buildings.

Manhattan City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez introduced one measure, (1098), which would require that gas utilities provide annual reports on the location, age, condition, and material of the various parts of the gas infrastructure in the city. The bill would also require that such utilities report on work done and planned work on such infrastructure.

A National Grid Spokesperson responded that the company provided testimony during the City Council hearing on the bills, and supports local legislation that further enhances gas pipeline safety and the safety of the communities they serve.

“National Grid’s number one priority is safety. We take the safety of the public, our communities and our employees very seriously. The company has implemented comprehensive pipeline integrity management policies and procedures that meet or exceed federal and state regulations.  Our trained and experienced crews and contractors perform gas main work every day safely and without incident,” said the spokesperson.

When asked directly about the use of telephonic inspections the spokesperson replied:

“Inspection of work performed by National Grid crews and contractors is consistent with oversight guidelines established by the American Gas Association.  All National Grid crews and contractors are operator qualified through the Northeast Gas Association Operator Qualification Program, the workers are trained, tested and certified to perform gas work.”

Meanwhile the Cuomo Administration might go along with the rate increase as the Metropolitan Transit Authority is already looking to get $375 million from the utilities to defray the cost of moving wires and pipelines during transit construction and renovation projects, Crain’s reports.

A PSC spokesperson said before the commission approves or not grants any rate hikes there is a lengthy process that allows for all the stakeholders to weigh in. This process includes public hearings and there will be one in Brooklyn, the spokesperson said.

“The Commission takes its gas safety regulations very seriously and we have among the most stringent rules in the nation,” said the spokesperson.

The PSC is expected to make a decision before the end of the year.

Residents and stakeholders are also encouraged to submit comments on the proposed rate hikes here:

http://documents.dps.ny.gov/public/Comments/PublicComments.aspx?MatterCaseNo=16-g-0059

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Introducing Local 101 Rewards!

TWU Local 101 is excited to announce the launch of Local 101 Rewards, a brilliant new service for Local 101 members and their families. Enjoy awesome benefits, savings, and prizes from trusted partners who will go the extra mile for our members. Whether it's tickets to a game or special deal on a new car, look to Local 101 Rewards for something special every day.

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Local 101 Is Featured in Cover Story of TWU International's Winter Newsletter

Photos from Local 101 Rewards Shootout at Barclays Center, Sponsored by Modell's Sporting Goods 


President Michael Conigliaro's interview with the "Labor Press"

***Great News!***

***We have a Contract!***

***There will be no strike or lock out and most importantly NO GIVEBACKS!*** 

Further updates on the new contract and ratification process will be posted. 

Photos from the rally have been posted. 




Contract UPDATE: TWU Local 101 and National Grid Open 2014 Contract Negotiations

On July 15, the union held its first contract negotiating meeting with the company at the Local 101 union hall at 195 Montague St. in Brooklyn. 

Last month, our Local came to an agreement with National Grid to begin this round of contract talks ahead of schedule, so that we have enough time at the bargaining table to fully address all of the elements of our contract where we want to see improvements — that includes the pension, health benefits, wages, and discipline procedure.

At this point, it looks like negotiations are off to a positive start. Further meetings are planned for next week. We will keep you updated as we move forward.

The Local 101 negotiating team (at left) sits opposite management at the Local 101 union hall, in the opening meeting of 2014 contract negotiations.

You can read Local 101 President Mike Conigliaro's opening statement by clicking here.

Thank you for your support!

In Solidarity,

The Officers & Executive Board

TWU Local 101 Utility Division


Sandy Documentary Video Brought Local 101 Members Front and Center at 24th TWU International Convention in Las Vegas

Footage from Local 101's documentary video on members trapped on the job in Coney Island during Superstorm Sandy was screened by the International for the leadership of TWU locals from across the country. Derrek Oliver, FOS Driver A out of Canarsie, risked his life to go out into the evacuation zone to rescue 17 of his Union brothers on the night of October 29th. The video received thunderous applause.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube or press play below.

Member Highlight from Local 101's Spring 2013 Newsletter:

Watch a VIDEO of Derrek Oliver and the Union Brothers Whose Lives He Saved the Night Hurricane Sandy Hit

Read the article in the current issue of TWU Local 101's Newsletter "Burning Bright"