By Esmé E. Deprez, Bloomberg
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority has long been an anomaly in the public transit world, with almost all of its 66,000 employees working full time. If the agency follows the lead of many American employers, that would change.
The biggest U.S. transit agency’s proposal to use part-time bus drivers to cut costs is one of the most contentious points in contract talks now in their second year with its largest bargaining unit. The plan is part of a package of measures, including three years of no wage increases, that union leaders hope to derail when they send hundreds of workers to swarm the offices of lawmakers in Albany next month.
Leaders of Transport Workers Union Local 100 say allowing an army of part-time drivers would shrink paychecks, threaten public safety and harm the economic stability of families.