As the MTA and TWU prepare to head to mediation over the authority’s proposed cost-savings measures, the two sides are already engaged in a tense battle of words. In one corner: The Daily News reports that the MTA’s top earners have yet to be axed while lower paid jobs in management are being eliminated. In the other corner: Transit workers can earn overtime while on vacation. “When you go on vacation, why should your money be reduced by 15 to 20 percent?” Jim Gannon, a TWU spokesman, said to amNew York.
As labor representatives slam the MTA for keeping its top-heavy management structure in tact, the authority says it will soon begin to purge those jobs through its pending consolidation plan. The MTA says it will target overtime abuse as well. “We are looking to control unnecessary overtime as part of overhauling how the MTA does business,” spokesman Kevin Ortiz said. In the world of payroll abuses, the riders will always lose.