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  1. Yes absolutely take the Cleaner job. Once you get called for C/R, T/O, or track, you can decide which position to take. But as of NOW, yes absolutely take the cleaning position. Once you step foot in here, you can move up, even from Cleaner.
  2. I agree with this. I was also at corporate and took a huge paycut to come to transit. This is a cake walk compared to corporate. MOST people feel the same way about their jobs as Yk does. Perception is everything in life and the grass is always greener on the other side. I know NYPD officers and DSNY workers who feel the same way about their jobs. You absolutely absolutely absolutely do not have to ever take your job home here at transit, ever. Come in, open and close your doors safely, make your annoucements, collect your paycheck, go home. You really shouldn't take anything personal. That goes for any public service job. The whole "lifespan" thing is b.s. Statistically yes its true. However, working here at transit, have you seen in what shape these guys/gals are in? Obesity is crazy here and because the job isn't physically demanding, plus people don't take care of themselves, of course lifespan will be short. Also, how many transit workers you see here that just WONT leave even when they can? Its understandable, when you have the senior jobs they have and some of them are literally doing 1 trip, or cleaning out trains, etc. People don't retire at 55 like they should plus don't take care of themselves, so of course the whole "lifespan after retirement" numbers will look scary. My advice to new guys: this can be a great career for anyone, most of it is under your control. Come in with the right attitude.
  3. Yeah good luck with that here at transit. If pride is that important to you, definitely don't come here. Hence why I told you before hotels is WAY better than transit life no matter the pension. You aren't wrong to feel that way, you're absolutely correct. But here at NYCT, abuse of power is a big issue and any TSS/supt. will make your job hell if they're feeling insecure and need to feel powerful. Real shame, this job has A LOT of potential, but the culture is horrible. (Sidenote: most TSS are pretty cool from my experience)
  4. Nailed it. Any future C/R should copy & paste this. It's a really simple job. Some people are allergic to following instructions and mess it up. Don't be that person and you will have a good career.
  5. Ok, go back this thread and see how many times TSS told people on these forums the same exact thing they told you and it was b.s. TSS know as much as you and I do, believe me. Actually, lets revisit this post in a few months and see.
  6. Stop believing the hiring freeze rumors people keep spreading here.
  7. Man that's crazy you make that type of money at a hotel. I would stay put. Hotel life is probably 100000x better than transit life. Can you go back if you quit?
  8. So many people bought a Kaka bag for no reason, because they don't enforce that rule. Most people continued to come in backbags just as long as they have the handle to hold them with your hands (you can't wear them while walking in the tunnels or elevated structure).
  9. You need to go to the dispatcher and sign out first. Unless the run you have is over 8 hours, then you could just leave.
  10. In my honest opinion, I would go with A division.
  11. My opinion: if you live in Brooklyn or Queens, pick B divion. If you live in the Bronx, Westchester/upstate, CT, etc, pick A division. From experience, they try to keep you as close to your house as possible (not sure how true this is for everyone else, just my experience). In the A, my classmates and I all get put on the 1 or the 6. I wouldn't worry at all about the number of lines in each division. Pick whichever is closer to your home. Especially considering the crazy schedule you'll have to work your first year.
  12. Unlikely he/she gets called unless they extend the list like they did with the previous one. Hopefully they do because so many people took this exam. Would be a shame to see people score so high and not get hired. If they do extend, maybe in 7-8 years? Just a guess. They reached pretty high on the previous list.
  13. You can use them whenever you want. You just should only use your SICK days when you're actually sick or have a real family emergency (with doctors lines). Not call out sick to stay home and watch the Super Bowl, or go to the pool on Sunday with the family. I know in other workplaces that's okay, but understand that because of the nature of this job, you should only call out sick when necessary. Also, please: if you're actually sick, definitely stay home. Go get some quick doctors lines. Your health is a lot more important than this job. As for probation, you are on probation for 1 year beginning on your induction date. TWU presence in the MTA? Not in RTO. Only around election time and when its time to pick. Always keep union numbers on you incase you need them though.
  14. While in probation, you get 1 day per month. After 1 year, its 12 days per year. As for using them, yes you can use them whenever you want. However, they are strict and will observe any funny pattern. So say for instance, as you said, calling out sick on a snow storm day. Or calling out sick on Super Bowl Sunday. Or calling out sick the day after your weekend. They will pay attention to when you're calling out and how often. If they feel you are abusing, they will put you on Sick Control. That's when you need to always bring in doctors lines, and are subject to them coming to your house to check you.
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