TWU Local 100 Takes on Tough Adversary – Subway Rats
September 23, 2011
By Neal Tepel
If you smell something, sign something!
Local 100 members were out in force at the Parsons/Archer subway station in Jamaica Queens on Wednesday morning, demanding that the MTA do more to combat the growing rodent infestations in the subway system. Union members displayed a large banner and collected over 600 petitions, officials said.
Local 100 has also created a new website, www.ratfreesubways.com, which is gathering additional signatures designed to pressure the MTA to increase trash pickups, buy better garbage cans, and seal rat holes in station walls.
Public reaction was strong as news reporters heard many riders give a thumb-up to the union effort. A YouTube video of one rat racing up a rider's leg has received over 150,000 views.
The manager of an adjacent movie theater said that rats from the subway system pose a major problem to his establishment.
This is just the opening salvo in Local 100's campaign to force the MTA to take the rat problem seriously – and commit the personnel and resources necessary to fix it.
A Local 100 Shop Steward gets public support for the crusade against subway rats