Earlier today, Pete Donohue of the New York Daily News broke the story of how some MTA Executives receive better health care than some of their peers & blue collar workers. Here is a sample of his report:
Nice perk if you can get it.
Three MTA divisions will pay up to $600,000 over five years for an executive medical program providing head-to-toe physicals and sophisticated tests – free of charge.
In addition to basic medical plans, suits at NYC Transit, MTA Bus and MTA Bridges and Tunnels get more comprehensive health care for which other staffers have to pay deductibles or co-payments.
“I’m all for preventative care but you shouldn’t offer something to managers that the workers can’t get,” Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign said.
Executives at other MTA divisions, like the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North Railroad and MTA headquarters aren’t as pampered. “The other agencies elected not to participate . . . since they do not offer comprehensive executive physicals to their managerial or senior executives,” a staff summary of a contract approved by the MTA board last week states.
Click here for the complete report.
I am not the least bit surprised that white collar employees at the MTA have access to better & less costly health care compared to the blue collar workers who keep the MTA running. However I am surprised that some of the white collar employees did not have the same access as their peers. Usually perks like these are spread evenly amongst those who fit the profile.
As far as fairness goes, I don’t feel it is fair for any of these executives to have better coverage. The workers who truly deserve to receive the perks some of these people did, are the bus drivers, conductors, motormen, repairmen, etc…. who keep millions moving daily. Without them, the MTA would be absolutely nothing but a easy to remember acronym.
xoxo Transit Blogger