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20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012

While millions of subway riders were socked with a fare increase last year, a cadre of MTA workers raked in more than $100,000 in overtime, thanks to costly union work rules, The Post has learned.

In all, 20 employees took home six-figure overtime payouts in 2011 on top of their regular salaries, according to payroll information that The Post obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The biggest hog was LIRR train-car repairman Vincent Blackburn, who earned a staggering $135,684.53 in overtime last year — more than doubling his base salary of $66,539.12.

Blackburn — along with seven of the top 10 highest overtime earners — is employed at the Long Island Rail Road’s Richmond Hill, Queens, repair facility, an OT gold mine affectionately known by staffers as “Rich Man’s Hill.”

Workers there benefit from an old labor agreement known as “Rule 24,” which requires the railroad to fill all vacant slots on certain work shifts — even if the manpower isn’t needed.

Thanks to that, workers at the facility — the only one governed by the arcane rule — can earn an obscene amount of overtime that is doled out based on seniority.

A large number of vacancies at the shop also contributed to the overtime rates, officials said.

Blackburn earned a total of $202,323.65 in 2011, including other work bonuses, making him the 44th highest paid employee among the agency’s 66,000 workers.

When reached by phone yesterday, he told The Post: “I’m going to say this one time and one time only. I got nothing to say to you!”

That obscene salary is higher than some of the agency’s top officials, including MTA Chief Operating Officer Robert Foran, who earned $197,532.25.

Christopher Garrick, who also works at the Richmond Hill facility as a car repairman, was the second highest OT earner.

He got $124,308.08 in overtime last year, padding his base salary of $64,367.42 to reach total compensation of $189,140.03.

The MTA has tried in recent years to curb excessive overtime, which can also contribute to pension padding.

Workers nearing retirement tend to work more hours to add to their pensions, which are based on the last few years of their salary history.

“In 2010, overtime hours were reduced by 12.6 percent, saving $13.4 million, and remained at that reduced level in 2011,” said MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan.

OT is down by 6 percent for the first four months of this year, he said, but “some overtime is ultimately the product of work rules which can only be changed through collective bargaining.”

Riders were hit with a fare hike in 2011 and face planned hikes in 2013 and 2015.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli - whose office has conducted several audits on MTA overtime - said more needs to be done to rein in overtime at the agency.

"We continue to find abuse and inefficiencies and a culture that accepts them," he said. "More needs to be done to monitor overtime use to ensure it is justified and reduce it where possible."

--- http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/mta_ot_express_GeCH5dswsBidXPO1ipovzK#ixzz1xtBrDaIi

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by SLRT on Fri Jun 15 14:50:50 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

This is the contract the LIRR negotiated.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Newkirk Plaza David on Fri Jun 15 14:57:22 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

"We continue to find abuse and inefficiencies and a culture that accepts them," he said. "More needs to be done to monitor overtime use to ensure it is justified and reduce it where possible."

And all of this money was earned legally.


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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by randyo on Fri Jun 15 15:15:43 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Newkirk Plaza David on Fri Jun 15 14:57:22 2012.

That's correct. Many people who are not railroad or transit savvy don't realize that in many cases, the respective agencies find it cheaper to pay overtime to a smaller work force than to hire additional employees since in addition to actual wages, the fringe benefits for any additional employees must also be calculated.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Railman718 on Fri Jun 15 15:36:46 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

Meh they will still think RTO folks are the Ones bringing in all the dough..


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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Elkeeper on Fri Jun 15 16:01:08 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

Base their pensions on their last 5 years of base pay, exclusive of O/T. That's how my NJ pension was calculated! It makes it difficult to criticize the MTA's management bureaucracy with stuff like this! Wanna bet they take turns calling in sick, so everyone shares in the O/T pot?

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by merrick1 on Fri Jun 15 16:14:18 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Elkeeper on Fri Jun 15 16:01:08 2012.

You can't work OT unless your supervisor OK's it.

I used to be a supervisor for a NYS agency. OT approval had to come from a Deputy Commissioner. If any of your subordinates worked OT you had to send an e-mail to the Deputy Commissioner at the end of the week detailing what was accomplished.

Routine work was not an acceptable reason for OT. Someone being out sick for a day or two was not an acceptable reason for OT.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Amtrak guy on Fri Jun 15 18:26:39 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

This story doesn't depict what railroaders go through on a daily basis depending on your craft. Their sitting there criticizing these workers for money that was earned legally and as mentioned negotiated in a contract agreement. If their stealing time that's one thing,if their caught sleeping alot that's another however since that doesn't sound like the case I'm assuming these guys are working hard for their money. I've been in the railroad industry for 8 years now and I haven't seen one easy job unless you sit behind a desk. I was a trackworker and a freight conductor and I earned every penny I made even on the days when there wasn't much work. People demand quality service but don't know the sweat,hard work,blood,tears,muscle,and not to mention the co-workers you use along the way and other situations we deal with to help keep things moving but I never hear stories on the good job that we do. However when a story like this come out people are out raged yeah right these guys deserve every penny and then some.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jun 15 19:52:30 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by randyo on Fri Jun 15 15:15:43 2012.

You would never guess this from the way the Post reported the story. What ever happened to objective reporting where both sides of the story are told? They obviously had an agenda and told the story that way. There was no reason to even mention the fare because it has nothing to do with the story. They are trying to make it seem that tey are raising the fare because of overtime where no work is accomplished.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jun 15 19:59:35 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Amtrak guy on Fri Jun 15 18:26:39 2012.

You are correct. It is a totally biased story. As Randyo mentioned they don't mention that it is cheaper to do the work on overtime than to hire additional employees.

It is one thing to put workers on overtime because or archaic work rules and workers just sit there doing nothing and another where there is necessary work that needs to be accomplished. Changing th rules so that your pension is not determined on your last three years is a legitimate issue, but bringing up the fare is irrelevant to this story. This article is more of an editorial than it is a hard news story. As you rightly point out, they need to tell both sides of the story. The worker giving a no comment answer does not help his case. He coes across like a criminal which is exactly what the Post wanted.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Amtrak guy on Fri Jun 15 20:18:53 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jun 15 19:59:35 2012.

It's sad but yet they don't focus on the thousands some of these execs get paid to absolutely hands down do nothing but sit in a chair and nod their head

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by RiverLINE3501 on Fri Jun 15 20:59:50 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jun 15 19:59:35 2012.

Typical NY Post's right-wing bullshit. That rag isn't worth using as toilet paper to wipe my ass. I used it to line my catbox but when my cat found out it was the Post, he wouldn't use it.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Rockparkman on Fri Jun 15 21:10:30 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

More anti working class LIES from the NAZI Murdoch Post. Workers, BOYCOTT the Post. GET A BRAIN, Sports are for IDIOTS. Watch MSNBC and Current.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Dan Lawrence on Fri Jun 15 21:28:49 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Rockparkman on Fri Jun 15 21:10:30 2012.

Easy way to avoid the Post is DON'T BUY IT that also means don't subscribe to it either. P.S., 90% of newspapers in 90% of the country aren't worth what you pay in street boxes.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by checkthedoorlight on Fri Jun 15 23:59:02 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

Easy solution: make fares free, make the employees work for free. That'll work out best for everyone!

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by checkthedoorlight on Sat Jun 16 00:01:03 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Railman718 on Fri Jun 15 15:36:46 2012.

I got shit from a customer at Times Square the other night, when I was at my position waiting for my interval to come in.

"Ah, I see you're earning your big bucks standing around!" .... I ignored her, although I could think of a couple smart ass comments to yell her way.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Rockparkman on Sat Jun 16 00:40:08 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Dan Lawrence on Fri Jun 15 21:28:49 2012.

Yes. Most working class people who read the Post do so to read sports scores. All those BULLSHIT sports are just there to distract the Working class from a healthy hatered for the ENEMY. No, the Rich arent all evil, a few actually hate the Nazis too. Those are the ones to support.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Elkeeper on Sat Jun 16 01:22:49 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by merrick1 on Fri Jun 15 16:14:18 2012.

So, how the hell did this happen???

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by SelkirkTMO on Sat Jun 16 01:40:51 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by merrick1 on Fri Jun 15 16:14:18 2012.

Seconded. When something absolutely, positively HAD to be done, "comp time" was the answer. You could take those hours back another day.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by The Silence on Sat Jun 16 01:41:29 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jun 15 19:52:30 2012.

What ever happened to objective reporting where both sides of the story are told? They obviously had an agenda and told the story that way.

where the hell have you been? media outlets are never truely objective.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by The Silence on Sat Jun 16 02:06:40 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Amtrak guy on Fri Jun 15 18:26:39 2012.

Derek Jeter legally gets 17 million dollars a year to swing a stick at a lump of leather and twine and hope nobody is standing near where it lands.

meanwhile, how many callers to WFAN and WEPN are always bitching about how much ball players get paid?

Lets look at Mr. Blackburn for a second. $135,684.53 in OT in a year in a job with a normal pay amount that's less than half that. What the hell did this guy do, spend every waking moment on the shop floor? if he gets, lets say $50 an hour in overtime, that works out to the eqivilent of 113 days of work, without stoping. going 24/7 for close to 4 months.

the reason people comaplin is they don't see that as making any sense to them. It doesn't matter if it's legal or not, it just doesn't compute. Same as a few years ago when there was an uproar over TA track workers getting paid to do nothing cause thier duty shifts overlapped the rush hours. basicly the mindset of most people is "inactivity= no pay check".

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Olog-hai on Sat Jun 16 02:32:25 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

Postfail again. There is plenty of overtime of a similar nature earned on private railroads—ones that are solvent. These reporters wouldn't be able to do some of the work that gets done by these guys even in regular time.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by EastSideRider on Sat Jun 16 02:57:56 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Railman718 on Fri Jun 15 15:36:46 2012.

All while ignoring the CEO folks who are REALLY bringing in the dough - and starting the shit.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jun 16 07:30:40 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jun 15 19:52:30 2012.

When it comes to transit matters, especially where manpower is involved, there is no such thing as objective reporting at the NY Post.

Editoralizing is not confined to the editorial page at that rag.

That rag isn't even worthy of cleaning up dog sh**.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jun 16 07:33:24 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Amtrak guy on Fri Jun 15 20:18:53 2012.

Yeah, in Rupert Murdoch's empire!

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Dutchrailnut on Sat Jun 16 07:36:17 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jun 16 07:33:24 2012.

A.K.A Ellioth Carver from James Bond. we don't report the news Mr Bond, we create it...

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jun 16 07:38:16 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

Amazing how she links the subway and bus fare to the article, but not one NYCT worker was on that list.

What the relationship is between overtime at LIRR and the subway fare is beyond me.

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Posted by BrooklynBus on Sat Jun 16 08:48:47 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by The Silence on Sat Jun 16 01:41:29 2012.

I know that. It just seems worse in recent years.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by BrooklynBus on Sat Jun 16 08:53:23 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Amtrak guy on Fri Jun 15 20:18:53 2012.

The worst are the mid level executives who view their job as passing work down from above and forwarding the results back up to the top without even reviewing or understanding what they are forwarding. All they do is nag their employees if deadlines are missed, but never give any guidance in how to complete the task. Worse yet when the employee does a good job, they get all the credit and the subsequent promotion. If the employee fails, the employee is held accountable, not the manager.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by BrooklynBus on Sat Jun 16 09:00:47 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by The Silence on Sat Jun 16 02:06:40 2012.

Wasn't Jeter also the one who was paying like $1000 in taxes on his six million dollar condo due to tax breaks? No one raised a ruckus about that.

Also some of those track workers were sitting around for 2 hours a day waiting for supplies to be delivered which was management's fault not theirs.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by The Silence on Sat Jun 16 11:24:09 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by BrooklynBus on Sat Jun 16 09:00:47 2012.

I'm not taking sides here, I'm simply trying to interprate what the public is saying; that form the perspective of a an average, normal person, the amount earned vs. amount of work done is not justifable.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by IRT/O on Sat Jun 16 12:48:40 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jun 16 07:38:16 2012.

They always do that. Last year on the list of the MTA's top hundred wage earners not one was a TWU member. The only NYCT people on the list were supervisors.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jun 16 14:55:00 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by IRT/O on Sat Jun 16 12:48:40 2012.

That's because there are no enough ATD's and TD's. As fast as they're hired, either they return to their former title, become a superintendant, retire or get a job somewhere else off the road ("downtown")

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Ble-nimx on Sat Jun 16 21:09:49 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Bill from Maspeth on Sat Jun 16 07:38:16 2012.

I thought they ruled the CAP lists were illegal. There were many T/Os and some C/Rs I knew that made over 100 or are they flooding the XXL lists again?

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by orange blossom special on Sat Jun 16 21:43:06 2012, in response to 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jun 15 14:47:01 2012.

hog was LIRR train-car repairman Vincent Blackburn, who earned a staggering $135,684.53 in overtime last year — more than doubling his base salary of $66,539.12.

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Equals 20 hours of OT a week on average. 4 hours a day, or a bunch of weekend hours(unless you get doubletime, or a lot of holidays being worked).


It's a lot, but in all honestly, it's a bleep load of work. How many people can really show up for that amount of time.
Anyone who goes that long, more power to them.

But I'm a hateful rw-er.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by orange blossom special on Sat Jun 16 21:50:00 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by EastSideRider on Sat Jun 16 02:57:56 2012.

I can't believe what the CEO's of fannie and freddie get. Those bonus'

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by orange blossom special on Sat Jun 16 21:51:39 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jun 15 19:52:30 2012.

Technically, things would be balanced budgetwise if they did finally link pay raises in contracts to fare raises. Then the people can finally have a say...as the people are the boss.

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by orange blossom special on Sat Jun 16 21:53:03 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by BrooklynBus on Fri Jun 15 19:59:35 2012.

What is the other side?

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Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming

Posted by Bill West on Sun Jun 17 02:23:18 2012, in response to Re: 20 MTA workers rake in more than $100K in OT while fare hikes keep coming, posted by orange blossom special on Sat Jun 16 21:43:06 2012.

The base $66,000 is $33/hour x 40 hours/week x ~50 weeks. The additional $136,000 is $33/hour x doubletime x 40 additional hours/week x ~50 weeks.

The article suggested that the extra time was for rules not for staffing that the RR needed for getting the work done. My calculation suggests that the pay was for satisfying the rule in the records, not for being in the shop, because I’ve worked adjacent double shifts and know you don’t keep that up for 5 days a week 50 weeks a year.

Bill



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