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  1. 81x and I got my medical email for Thursday.
  2. If you want terribly nitpicky and overcorrect definitions: A suit with a tie is not business casual—it’s [full] business attire. “Business casual” is much looser term that can include a wide variety of different outfits depending on the venue and circumstance. The most it would include is a suit without a tie (with the top button of the shirt unbuttoned). I’ve worked in corporate America for the better part of two decades and I’ve seen “business casual” mean many different things depending on the company’s corporate culture. For the MTA and their pre-employment setup, my version of “the least you could get away with” would be a some kind of collared shirt (polo or button-down), either slacks or a nice pair of unripped jeans, and a pair of dress shoes or sneakers but only if the sneakers match whatever pants you’re wearing (no bright or flashy colors). Also, no hats, extremely flashy jewelry, or other accessory your mom might cringe at if you wore it to dinner with your grandparents.
  3. One spot left? Are they having trouble filling it? Is it up for grabs for some reason? This doesn’t make sense.
  4. I haven’t heard anything. But I did want to ask about medical/dental benefits. I haven’t seen any literature on it. Does anyone know if it’s good? Is it like most private company insurance these days where they charge you an arm and a leg and you still have a huge deductible? if I totally missed the benefits described somewhere easily accessible, sorry about that.
  5. I found this: https://legistar.council.nyc.gov/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3860393&GUID=7040463F-8170-471C-97EC-A61AE7B1AA2F&Options=&Search= If de Blasio signs it, it still won’t go into effect for one year. And it looks like there are a lot of exceptions.
  6. I’m 81*. I got off medical hold a while ago so I’m probably going to be in the next group of people called. I’m sure I’ll have to take another drug test. If I get called for one I’ll let you guys know.
  7. In a rare fit of optism from me: maybe the class will be closer to the end of March, in which case they might not be calling for it just yet?
  8. I’m list # 81x. I just got off medical hold a few weeks ago so I’m assuming I’d be one of the first to get called for final processing. I haven’t heard anything yet but I’ll post here when I do. The March class was more or less a rumor, wasn’t it?
  9. Thanks for letting us know. Sad news.
  10. That’s good to hear! I’m sorry if this has been asked before, but are there any materials available online or otherwise where we can start learning all this before we’re placed in a class?
  11. When did Ms Vargas say that they’d start hiring again in three months?
  12. Exactly this. I was supposed to be in the Jan 28th class but it took just a little too long to get off of medical hold. Bad timing, bad luck, inefficient doctors: call it what you will. It’s aggravating to be so close and then have the rug pulled out from underneath you. I’ve taken so much time off to jump through all their hoops that it’s become problematic at my current job. Yes, we have to be patient. But there’s no getting around the fact that we don’t know for sure that there will be another class, or at least another class any time soon. It was easier being patient when they had a new class roughly every month. Now we don’t know. You can argue that they wouldn’t have called so many people if they didn’t intend to hire us. But they called in all those people back when it seemed certain there would be more classes after January. I remember reports of there being a March and April class. The decision makers at the MTA change their mind on a dime though, or so I was told by the woman at window 3. That is what happened here. They changed their mind. So who knows what is going to happen. You can be patient, but for what?
  13. I assume they’ve hired enough people for now. I guess they’ll start calling people again when more TOs retire.
  14. My medical hold was finally cleared today. The woman at window 3 (180 Livingston) said they weren’t hiring train operators. I asked if they would be in the future and she said she didn’t know. I also have to go to DCAS to be put back on the list but the woman said I needed to wait until the end of the month. I asked her why and she said that’s what DCAS told her to tell us. She didn’t have any further information about it when I pressed her. Aftet all this, I’m greatly disappointed that they’re not hiring TOs. Let’s hope they change their mind soon.
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