Transit workers rally at Brooklyn Bridge to fight subway assaults

Transit workers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday to raise awareness for assaults in the subway system.

About two dozen workers walked across the landmark from the Transport Workers Union Local 100 office in Brooklyn to Metropolitan Transportation Authority headquarters in lower Manhattan.

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They held signs that read, “The MTA don’t care about us” and “An injury to one is an injury to all. Transit workers deserve safety and respect.”

Trevor Logan, a train operator, recalled a run in he experienced as a rookie transit worker about four years ago.

Logan was at the end of the C line at Euclid Ave. in Brooklyn when a rider hurled a beer can at him while he cleaned the car.

He was surprised when he realized two other transit workers were accosted that same evening.

Roselyn Livingston, 52 of Brooklyn, a train cleaner, was kicked by a woman while on the job but never reported it.

Roselyn Livingston, 52 of Brooklyn, a train cleaner, was kicked by a woman while on the job but never reported it. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

“I didn’t know assaults were happening at the rate they were,” he said.

“It’s not taken as seriously,” Logan said. “Without us, the city don’t move.”

Tramell Thompson, who is running for TWU president under Progressive Action, said the MTA takes the threats of assault lightly.

“There’s no awareness on assaults,” he said.

Rosalind Livingston, a station cleaner, wants a larger police presence for vulnerable workers, like cleaners, and more notices about laws against harming transit employees.

A faction of TWU members called Progressive Action organized the march across the bridge.

A faction of TWU members called Progressive Action organized the march across the bridge. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

In 1998, early in her tenure with the MTA, a woman kicked her while on the job. Livingston never reported it.

“You have to watch your back,” she said. “The public needs to know they will be held accountable for their actions.”

MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said that safety for its workforce and passengers is a top priority. The agency did not provide statistics on assaults.

“We work closely with the NYPD and labor unions like TWU to help ensure that,” he said.

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