New Bulletin can put Conductor’s at risk of more assaults.

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New rule can put MTA Conductors safety at risk. Picture courtesy of Huffington Post.

Nothing can infuriate passengers more than train delays and service changes. With new bulletin 132-16 (which supersedes bulletin 43-12) is designed to keep service moving to its most optimal level, but in return also put conductors at risk of assault. Continue reading

Employee Recognition Programs

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Once upon a time in the Department of Buses in transit, management gave recognition to bus operators that achieved a safe driving record. That’s right there were actually award ceremonies held at specific locations, and operators were allowed to pull off the road to attend. Only if you were getting an award of course.

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Know your Weingarten Rights! During an investigatory interview you don’t have to answer supervision until you get union representation.

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Weingarten rights guarantee an employee the right to Union representation during an investigatory interview. These rights, established by the Supreme Court, in 1975 in the case of J’. Weingarten Inc,, must be claimed by the employee. The supervisor has no obligation to inform an employee that s/he is entitled to Union representation. Continue reading

John Samuelsen’s administration has suggested to the MTA that conductors can be put on the platform to do police work & curtail illegal activity.

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The union wants their conductors on the platform to do police work and deter crime.

In a bizarre way to help medically restricted conductors who are out of work due to “no work available” the union suggested to the MTA that conductors can be put on the platform to “curtail illegal activity”. Continue reading

Medically restricted workers in RTO are now being layed off. Why is the union’s leadership directly at fault and letting it happen?

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TWU local 100 President John Samuelsen drops the ball on workers in RTO.

Who would have ever thought being medically restricted due to illness would get you layed off? That is exactly what is happening with conductors due to what the MTA call “no work available”.  Continue reading

This job isn’t what I thought it would be [Member Submitted]

 

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An MTA train operator express his feelings about the job as a whole. Is he right?

Hello, I am a train operator for the New York City subway. I am writing to inform you of the way things are going on here at the MTA and how it impacts customer safety. The MTA likes to drill it in our heads about how safety is the number one priority down here, but if it means slowing down service or costing them money, they won’t do it. Continue reading

Sufficient recovery time off of trains and buses between trips. Why this seems to be ignored by management?

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Recovery time seems to be often ignored and put a great amount of stress on operating crews.

How many times have you arrived to a terminal late and the dispatcher says “thats you to go”? Even with the allotted “comfort time” which is normally around 20 minutes thats not enough time off the train/bus especially on lines that has running time of 1 hour or more. Continue reading