Transit workers stand in solidarity after conductor attacked

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Transit workers stood in solidarity Tuesday at a rally in Manhattan following an attack on a subway conductor.

A 62-year-old MTA conductor was attacked Saturday after announcing a service change. He is recovering and is back at work, but transit workers say this sort of thing happens too often.

Bus operator Felix Olivo tells News 12 he was assaulted in November by a man who was upset about a delay.

"He pushed his way through and yanked on my shirt and tugged and ripped my badge and shirt off," says Olivo.

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The New York City Transit and Transport Workers Union Local 100 officials stood with workers at the rally to say enough is enough.

Union officials say they will not tolerate assaults on their staff. They say workers are verbally assaulted, spat on and punched on a constant basis.

The union plans to put up posters all across the city with pictures of those responsible for some of the attacks in hopes they will be caught.

City officials are pushing for an increased police presence and say there is a body camera pilot program in the works.

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