Managerial hiring continues even as MTA lays off workers
The MTA is hiring more managers for top dollar even though it’s giving hundreds of station agents and workers the ax, amNewYork has learned.The agency recently posted “help wanted” notices for three subway cleaning supervisors, each making between $109,100 and $163,700. Meanwhile, the MTA is set to cut cleaning crews that sweep out the trains as it scrambles to fill an $800 million deficit.
“I can’t get over the irony,” said John Samuelsen, president of the Transport Workers Union Local 100.
Recent job vacancies also include seven managers in the bus and maintenance divisions, earning between $71,500 and $192,900.
Currently, the maintenance department has about one manager for every four workers.
NYC Transit recently shook up its oversight of subway cleaning and maintenance, eliminating five management positions that were created in 2008. But last month, those five managers were reassigned to other subway departments instead of being laid off.
“All of these mangers bring with them a wealth of experience and are essential to our success in these difficult times,” according to a transit staff letter.
“Jobs will continue to be filled when those positions are required to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the system,” transit spokesman Charles Seaton said.