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Union Honors Sal Montanino, as He Retires with 61 Years of Service

JUNE 5, 2019 -- Union President Tony Utano, with 37 years on the job, honored Car Inspector Sal Montanino, who retired today with 61 years of service to NYC Transit. Montanino has the distinction of having walked the picket line in each of the TWU's three city-wide strikes. In this video of the event at the 207th Street Overhaul Shop, Montanino's career is praised by Utano, Administrative VP Nelson Rivera, CED VP Shirley Martin, and Shop Chair Roberto Ruiz.

The Puerto Rican Day Parade -- In Pictures

Puerto Rican Day Parade 2019 JUNE 9 -- Our communications dept. took these photos of our members celebrating Puerto Rican heritage -- enjoy the show!

Conductor Shows Mercy as Assailant Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 -- The man who stabbed a subway conductor on Easter Sunday was released from custody on Friday after prosecutors told a judge he was deathly ill from an aggressive form of cancer. Under a negotiated agreement between prosecutors and Legal Aid Society defense lawyers, Walter Rivera pled guilty to felony assault - but was released from custody so he can receive cancer treatment at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Under the agreement, which was approved by Bronx Supreme Court Justice George Villegas, Rivera must receive regular mental health treatment and stay out of trouble –  or face a return to jail. Villegas also banned Rivera from taking mass transit except as a last resort to get to his mental health treatment and medical appointments. He must first try the MTA’s door-to-door Access-A-Ride program, the judge said.

Denaul Jenkins, the conductor Rivera stabbed in the shoulder and side at the 149thSt./Grand Concourse station, said he had mixed feelings about the plea agreement. Jenkins said he doesn’t fully accept the deal but he also can’t ignore the fact that Rivera, according to prosecutors, is dying. “It’s a very tough call,” he said. “It’s very difficult to accept. I just hope he gets the mental health treatment he needs.”
Nearly three dozen TWU Local 100 officers and members came to court to support Jenkins, including RTO Vice President Eric Loegel.

“This is an honorable man,” Loegel told reporters from the New York Daily News, the New York Post, News12 the Bronx and other television stations. “Brother Jenkins is much more merciful than a lot of us would be.” Assistant District Attorney Daniel P. Defillippi said Rivera had no criminal history before the attack but had a mental breakdown because of his worsening illness. Rivera was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia last year, Defillippi said. He underwent chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant.

The cancer, however, returned earlier this year and Rivera had an “acute mental break,” Defillippi said. He approached Jenkins as the conductor waited for his train at the station. He cursed at Jenkins, started a fight and then stabbed him twice in the shoulder and twice in the back, authorities said. Jenkins managed to hold Rivera for police so they could make an arrest at the scene. Prosecutors intentionally kept a transit ban out of the plea deal but reluctantly agreed to include it just prior to the court hearing after TWU Local 100 insisted it be included.

CVS Caremark to be Prescription Benefits Manager for NYC Transit on June 1

On Saturday, June 1, CVS Caremark will become the new prescription benefits manager for the NYC Transit prescription plans. Although the manager is changing, our benefits remain the same. Starting Saturday, new prescriptions and refills on existing prescriptions will be covered by CVS Caremark or, for Medicare-aged retirees enrolled in SilverScript, by SilverScript. Mail order refills must be ordered from the CVS Caremark mail order pharmacy, not from the Express Scripts mail order pharmacy. CVS Caremark mailed out ID cards for both the CVS Caremark and SilverScript plans on May 22-24. They were sent to members’ addresses on record with the MTA BSC.  The cards were supposed to arrive by May 31.

The next time you go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription you will need to show your new CVS Caremark or SilverScript ID card. The next time you get a prescription for a mail order maintenance drug your doctor will need to know that you are using the CVS Caremark mail order pharmacy. If you have not received your new ID card: First make sure the BSC has your address right. Call the BSC at 646-376-0123 or go online to the My MTA portal to check. Next call customer care: at SilverScript if you are enrolled in SilverScript, or else at CVS Caremark.

SilverScript customer care: 855-212-0921 (24/7)
CVS Caremark customer care: 855-296-7683 (24/7)

Alternatively, you can get an image of your card right away. Download the CVS Caremark app to your mobile device and register on the app. The app will show an image of your ID card. The app is available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play. If any problem with your prescription benefits does not get fixed promptly, contact TWU Local 100 Member Services: 347-643-8060.

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