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Mayor Bloomberg: If students can't get free MetroCards, neither should retired MTA wo


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If students can't get a free ride, MTA retirees shouldn't either, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday.

 

The mayor called into question the policy of giving retired transit workers free bus and subway rides since free and reduced cards for city students are on the chopping block.

 

"Does it make any sense to give retirees passes for the rest of their lives and not give our kids passes so they can go to school? No," Bloomberg said during his weekly radio show. "It's pretty hard to argue that that is an intelligent policy."

 

About 20,000 former retired bus, subway and commuter train workers get travel passes for their twilight years as a retirement benefit. Some 585,000 students also have free or discounted MetroCards - but they could lose them because of the MTA's budget woes.

 

The travel-pass benefit has been in transit workers' negotiated contracts for decades, officials said.

 

"After years of fiscal irresponsibility by the state government and the MTA, Mayor Bloomberg wants to hang the current fiscal woes around the necks of the elderly, our retirees, and that's not right," Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen said.

 

 

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/02/06/2010-02-06_untitled__mta06ed.html#ixzz0eqAQayL9

 

The funny thing about this article is one thing has nothing to do with the other. Retired MTA employees are the responsibility of the MTA and student metrocards are not. And also there is no mention of the other municipal employees that ride the system free. The NYPD can ride free and they have a pass which is better than mines and is completely unrestricted, they could swipe their pass 50 times in a row if they wanted. I have to wait every 7 minutes to use mines and I work for the MTA. And also Correction and NYC Court officers can ride free when in uniform, as well as military personal and FDNY. MTA workers riding free is a benefit for service rendered, and it is something ever other transit system in america offers it's employees, not just the MTA.

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If students can't get a free ride, MTA retirees shouldn't either, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday.

 

The mayor called into question the policy of giving retired transit workers free bus and subway rides since free and reduced cards for city students are on the chopping block.

 

"Does it make any sense to give retirees passes for the rest of their lives and not give our kids passes so they can go to school? No," Bloomberg said during his weekly radio show. "It's pretty hard to argue that that is an intelligent policy."

 

About 20,000 former retired bus, subway and commuter train workers get travel passes for their twilight years as a retirement benefit. Some 585,000 students also have free or discounted MetroCards - but they could lose them because of the MTA's budget woes.

 

The travel-pass benefit has been in transit workers' negotiated contracts for decades, officials said.

 

"After years of fiscal irresponsibility by the state government and the MTA, Mayor Bloomberg wants to hang the current fiscal woes around the necks of the elderly, our retirees, and that's not right," Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen said.

 

 

 

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/02/06/2010-02-06_untitled__mta06ed.html#ixzz0eqAQayL9

 

The funny thing about this article is one thing has nothing to do with the other. Retired MTA employees are the responsibility of the MTA and student metrocards are not. And also there is no mention of the other municipal employees that ride the system free. The NYPD can ride free and they have a pass which is better than mines and is completely unrestricted, they could swipe their pass 50 times in a row if they wanted. I have to wait every 7 minutes to use mines and I work for the MTA. And also Correction and NYC Court officers can ride free when in uniform, as well as military personal and FDNY. MTA workers riding free is a benefit for service rendered, and it is something ever other transit system in america offers it's employees, not just the MTA.

He's talking about 20,000 (who don't even ride the system every day if not ever since so many have moved out of the area upon retirement) vs. 585,000 school kids who ride every day even trying to (and succeeding most times) in using their cards on days when school is not in session.

 

As ususal Bloomberg showing his HATRED toward transit workers.

 

NYPD= New Yorks Finest

FDNY= New Yorks Bravest

DSNY= New Yorks Strongest

NYCT= New Yorks Most Hated

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He's talking about 20,000 (who don't even ride the system every day if not ever since so many have moved out of the area upon retirement) vs. 585,000 school kids who ride every day even trying to (and succeeding most times) in using their cards on days when school is not in session.

 

As ususal Bloomberg showing his HATRED toward transit workers.

 

In other words Mike Bloomberg=====>Idiot

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Lets dance since there is another thread about it before this one gets locked:lock::lock::lock:

 

Really? It must have gotten locked when i was at work i guess..

 

You some somebody who posts here actually agreed with that Idiot? :confused:

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