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  1. Privacy? Far from it. It’s for protection and glare from the sun. One side of your face getting baked is not fun.
  2. That old limit was for entering Utica on the s/b local, not leaving n/b.
  3. All supervisory positions are promotional only. They currently, and as far as I know, have never offered those titles to the public. Assistant Train Dispatchers(ATD) promote from Conductor, Station Agent and Collecting Agent. Train Dispatchers(TD) promote from Train Operator, Tower Operator and Assistant Train Dispatcher. Console Train Dispatchers, the job in question, is not a civil service title. It's a resume-based position that only ATDs, TDs and Train Service Supervisors can apply for if they want to work at the Rail Control Center.
  4. I'm a T/O as well. The previous shoe company did offered 1 steel toe boot that we could've used; the one before that one didn't. Once upon a time it was only composite toe for RTO. Not anymore. Like I stated, I have personally bought and took a pair of steel toe shoes that met TA requirements to be approved by the Safety Unit. The same TSS that do the effiency tests are the same ones that will verify your footwear.
  5. Bulletin 62-18 states the requirements for alternative footwear. Steel toes fall under the requirement. The previous footwear company offered steel toe boots for T/Os. I have purchased steel toe shoes and have had them approved by the Safety Unit. It's allowed.
  6. Safety shoes are part of your uniform/personal protective equipment. If you don't have them on when you report to work, you'll be sent home.
  7. Steel toe boots are allowed, any protective toe is allowed. No Doc lines have been needed for your own pair for at least a year. All you had to do if you didn't want their pair is to buy based on what they allow, take it to the Safety Unit to be approved and get a partial reimbursement.
  8. What more can a train operator do? They move the train and most can do the duties of a conductor.
  9. This isn't a paramilitary organization. There are grooming and appearance standards, but it's vague and any supervisor or manager who enforces it has not better to do.
  10. T/O(Yard) is only a pay rate, basically a trainee. Nothing to do with your status as an employee. Yes, at least when I was one. I remember it was multiple choice and no less than 80% to pass. Train Operators is written out and 100% to pass.
  11. Complete the "second" or "official" probationary period after they certify the list and reach your name. Complete that and you'll be a permanent employee of the NYCTA.
  12. Correct, with one caveat. All that time will not count until you become a permanent employee, not once the list is established. The second probationary period will start thereafter.
  13. Let's clarify this situation: What HR told you is correct. This "temporary" position is a provisional offer. You can be hired as a provisional even if you took a civil service test. I was promoted this way. My probationary time as a provisional did not count once the list was officially established and certified. Why do they do it? My guess is because they need bodies as quickly as possible. The administrative stuff is figured out later. All RTO titles are going through this provisional stuff lately. As for top pay, it takes 241 road days(operating a train in passenger service) to reach it. It's not a set amount of years.
  14. Some folks are overanalyzing the labor side of things. Assuming OPTO on the L happens again, nobody would be laid off or have a new role other than what they signed up for. T/Os would remain T/Os and C/Rs remain C/Rs. Those displaced C/Rs would simply be assigned/pick new routes to work on.
  15. Who knows. All train operator classes for the foreseeable future are being called from the most recent promotional list. Worst(or best) case scenario is that they exhaust the promotional list and rehire again from open competitive test from '08 until they establish the list from the most recent exam...
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