Y2Julio 206 Posted September 14, 2010 Share #1 Posted September 14, 2010 The MTA will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars training new bus drivers instead of bringing back some who were recently laid off, the Daily News has learned. About 125 recruits are being hired from a list of job applicants, while some 185 drivers pink-slipped in June remain out of work, according to NYC Transit and union officials. Not surprisingly, labor and management have different explanations for the situation. An NYC Transit spokesman cited the intricacies of Civil Service law that govern how certain vacancies are filled. Transport Workers Union Local 100 President John Samuelsen accused transit managers of retaliating for the union's refusal to grant contract concessions, like a reduced pay increase. "They're doing this strictly out of spite and are willing to flush taxpayer money down the toilet," Samuelsen said. Newly hired bus drivers earn about $3,300 a month, Samuelsen said. That puts the cost of preparing the new recruits at about $400,000, because each recruit spends one week in the classroom and three weeks driving with a veteran, he said. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/09/14/2010-09-14_laidoff_drivers_sit_at_home_as_mta_trains_new_hires.html#ixzz0zWT4LQkF Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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