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MTA employee’s earn 12 sick days a year but get disciplined if used according to a “pattern rule” that makes no sense.

Dear MTA,

You sent two letters to my home, one via certified mail and one via regular mail to inform me that I am now on sick control. According to you, I have a pattern of one or two day absences. 

Let’s look at the word pattern. By definition a pattern, is the regular and repeated way in which something is done. For example, a pattern of absences would be to call out every Friday every week or to call out the day before your RDO very week. A pattern is not taking two sick days one month and then taking a day or two three months later.

We get 12 sick days a year. We work in some of the nastiest conditions. Not only do we deal with the weather, we also come in contact with filthy equipment, sick passengers, and the homeless who have some of everything. Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Fleas, Ticks, Bedbugs, Whooping Cough, Flu,etc. You name it. They have it.

Although we try not to, we are bound to come in contact with something.
In The Department of Corrections, officers also get 12 days a year. Officers are not to come to work if they are sick or do not feel well. If they do, they are unfit for duty and are written up. Here in the world of transit, you have to debate whether or not to go to work because you do not to deal with the backlash that comes with taking a sick day. MTA, you do not understand that every illness does not require a doctor visit. You do not understand that the work we do for you everyday begins to break your body down over time and if you don’t take time to stop, your body will stop you.

Soooooo MTA, I will not be coming to work if I don’t feel well. It is disrespectful to me and to my fellow colleagues. Sick control should be in place for those who have exhausted their sick time. Not those who have time to take and not when you want to put a new spin on the definition of the word pattern.

Sincerely,
Someone Who Works Their Ass Off With No Thanks From You

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