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TWU Doesn’t Want to Drive Protesters To Jail


10.03.11 ANIMAL

Add this to the growing list of controversies surrounding the Occupy Wall St protests. The Transit Workers Union 100 is going to court today to try and stop the city from forcing them to transport protesters who have been arrested, after five of their buses were used in what its president John Samuelsen called “a blatant act of political retaliation.”

The MTA and law enforcement have had a long history of cooperation, however, this latest incident is a violation of the contract between the TWU Local 100 and the MTA. “Our mission is to provide transit service to the riding public, not transport people who were arrested” Samuelsen said.

He goes on to say: “TWU Local 100 supports the protesters on Wall Street and takes great offense that the mayor and NYPD have ordered operators to transport citizens who were exercising their constitutional right to protest – and shouldn’t have been arrested in the first place.”

The TWU’s show of solidarity last Friday was a welcome boost to the OWS protesters. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out on Wednesday when the TWU marches en masse from City Hall to Zuccotti Park. If any union members are arrested, we highly doubt fellow transit workers will be the ones to drive them anywhere. (Photo: bogieharmond/flickr)