MTA Statement On Manhattan Institute Report

In the entry below, I wrote about how the average salaries of MTA workers rose by 2.4% in 2009 according to a report by The Manhattan Institute. Shortly after the report’s release, the MTA issued this statement which I received earlier:

“The payroll data released today show that over the past year the MTA reduced its workforce and held down costs by foregoing management raises. The 2.4 percent increase in salaries noted in today’s report reflects built-in raises provided under multi-year labor contracts. The MTA’s $800 million budget shortfall for 2010 — caused by State budget cuts and deteriorating tax revenues — means there’s much more work to be done. We are in the process of overhauling every aspect of our business, including the elimination of approximately 3,000 positions this year. One key part of this effort is a focus on the work rules, pension padding and management oversight that leads to some of the unnecessary overtime highlighted in today’s report.”

xoxo Transit Blogger

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