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Local Transit Workers Union Launches Competition to Find Dirtiest Subway; Raise Awareness of Job Cuts

An entry in the “Trash Trains” competition (Transport Workers Union Local 100)

Oct. 22, 2019 By Allie Griffin

Straphangers can turn a nightmare into cash by finding the dirtiest, most disgusting, trash-filled subway car and submitting a photo of it to the city’s transit workers labor union competition.

The straphanger who finds the nastiest subway of all will be $500 richer, thanks to the “Trash Trains” competition launched by Transport Workers Union Local 100 (TWU).

The union created the photo competition to bring awareness to job cuts among subway cleaners. In its latest budget plan, the Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to cut 79 cleaner positions, according to the TWU website. The jobs will be lost through attrition, not layoffs.

With less cleaners and an increasing ridership, subways are getting dirtier, according to the TWU.

The number of soiled subway cars reported this year is likely to surpass last year’s numbers.

From January through August 2019, 1,623 soiled cars were reported, while in the same time period the year prior, 1,372 were reported, according to news site The City.

The Union hopes the Trash Trains contest will help stop the job cuts.

“We have started a contest to get New Yorkers involved and to tell the MTA to reverse course,” TWU wrote on their website.

Already the competition website has a gallery of stomach-turning photos taken inside the city’s subways. Scattered garbage, food, vomit, feces, blood, needles and used condoms litter the train cars in submitted photos.

“We run a world-class operation — and New York’s transit system is second to none,” TWU wrote on the competition website. “The MTA shouldn’t skimp on hiring the staff they need to deliver clean cars to our 6.5 million daily riders.”

Straphangers can enter the contest by uploading a photo of a soiled subway car to the competition website by Nov. 30. The public will then vote for the winning entry online.

Participants must be 18 or older to enter.

An entry in the “Trash Trains” competition (Transport Workers Union Local 100)

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The system is dirty and dangerous and unreliable. A federal judge should step in and order the MTA and the TWU to work

J C @ N.blvd

Disgusting and embarrassing. The MTA and TWU are both to blame . They are both responsible

Thumbs down for MTA?

The MTA and the TWU should be taken to court. Fined and order by a court of law to do their job and provide a decent and safe service.

The Greatest City

What does Mayor DeBlasio have to say about it ? He is still the Mayor of NYC, or the Governor – dont they have authority / power to do something ?

The Truth.

The article says vomit , feces , blood , used condoms . It’s a extreme health hazard and the TWU is making a game out of it. The Union and the MTA should be fined and the supervisors should be terminated for letting it get that bad.

TC on 32.

Is this a joke?
TWU and the MTA is causing hazardous conditions purposely. Both should be taken to court and be ordered to do their jobs.

Stew Gotts.

It’s a health hazard and it’s dangerous. If the MTA or Transit Workers are unable or unwilling to do their job then they all need to be replaced with workers that do want to work.


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