on Thu Jul 26 17:31:19 2012, in response to Re: MTA workers' union: We want more money, posted by WayneJay on Thu Jul 26 10:38:26 2012.
It seems that nobody in this thread has addressed the proliferation of high priced and redundant "managers" who replaced certain titles starting during the Gunn/Kiley administration of the 980s. I'm not too familiar with titles in some of the other departments but in RTO (formerly known as RTTD), trainmasters were replaced by superintendents and deputy superintendents for each line as opposed to trainmasters in charge of a zone. With the proliferation of line superintendents, the former division superintendents were ultimately elevated to the positions of Asst Chief Transportation Officers and the former aides to the supts now became District General Supts and since the divisions were broken down into those districts, their numbers actually doubled. The new districts virtually replaced the zones that were formerly under the oversight of the lower paid zone trainmasters. This was done supposedly to eliminate the line of promotional succession which according to Gunn/Kiley allowed former union members who might have a certain pro union sympathy to rise to supervisory and quasi managerial positions and to also remove them from civil service protection. What actually happened was that the same individuals who formerly would have been able to take an exam to prove actual qualifications for similar positions now merely had to submit a resume for a managerial position and if he/she knew the right people would now be able to achieve that rank. If the MTA (specifically the NYCTA) really wanted to save money, it would eliminate all these redundant managers and return to the days of the trainmasters who when allowed, did a lot better job at a lower salary than the overpriced managers currently in place.