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post #1441 of 1736
Not too far off.

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More than 10 percent of the MTA’s workforce--8,214 individuals in all--took home $100,000 or more in total pay, including overtime. The MTA’s six-figure club included:

• 10 employees who earned more than $250,000, averaging $102,000 over their base salaries;
• 44 employees who earned between $200,000 and $250,000, averaging $89,000 over their base salaries;
• 600 employees who earned between $150,000 and $200,000; and
• 7,560 individuals who earned between $100,000 and $150,000.

Eleven of the 654 employees who earned more than $150,000 in 2008 were Long Island Railroad car repairmen who earned an average of $206,000—which was $143,000 over their average base pay rate of $63,000. Other popular titles in the $150,000-and-over category included:

• 62 Long Island Railroad and Metro-North Railroad conductors who averaged $83,000 over their base salaries which averaged only $82,000;
• 40 police officers averaging $79,000 over their average base pay of $90,000;
• 39 gang foremen averaging $87,000 over their average base pay of $79,300; and
• 30 Long Island Railroad engineers averaging $103,000 over their average base pay of $73,000.

http://www.empirecenter.org/AboutUS/news_releases/2009/06/mta2008payroll062309.cfm
post #1442 of 1736
Unreal. You can make a good argument for the huge salaries and pensions enjoyed by police/fire, but fuckin' MTA conductors? Come on.
post #1443 of 1736
I can actually believe that some of the specialist repair guys might earn that kind of money. That's probably a pretty specialized job.
post #1444 of 1736
The bit quoted above suggests a huge share of their income is in overtime. If so, it's probably cheaper to pay them than to take on another employee with the associated insurance and pension liabilities.
post #1445 of 1736
Excellent point.

I wish I got overtime. Sheesh.
post #1446 of 1736
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

The bit quoted above suggests a huge share of their income is in overtime. If so, it's probably cheaper to pay them than to take on another employee with the associated insurance and pension liabilities.

That and benefits.

However perhaps vendors would be cheaper and more productive. Hard to say.
post #1447 of 1736
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That and benefits.

However perhaps vendors would be cheaper and more productive. Hard to say.

NYS agencies/authorities pay astronomical amounts for fringe benefits. Talking 55-60% of total payroll in some cases.
post #1448 of 1736
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I pay a very low amount for my benefits. They recently pushed more of it onto us, however because of huge increases due to Obamacare and some other tidbits of people abusing and over-utilizing the awesome benefits that we had.
post #1449 of 1736
I pay very little (dental and vision free, ~$60/month for health care), though I don't think that trend can continue forever. The days of wine and roses are coming to a close for public sector employees IMO.
post #1450 of 1736
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I pay very little (dental and vision free, ~$60/month for health care), though I don't think that trend can continue forever. The days of wine and roses are coming to a close for public sector employees IMO.

That's crazy low. I pay a bit over $200 a month, but then again my plan isn't as awesome as yours either. Last year I paid about $90 and had better benefits. I was bitching to my self-employeed father about the jump. He looked at me and said, "I pay $2000 a month, wanna trade?" I shut my mouth.
post #1451 of 1736
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Originally Posted by Connemara View Post

I pay very little (dental and vision free, ~$60/month for health care), though I don't think that trend can continue forever. The days of wine and roses are coming to a close for public sector employees IMO.

I know Wiener who is running for mayor in nyc wants to propose giving city employees the option of lower pay and pension vs. higher pay without one.
post #1452 of 1736
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

That's crazy low. I pay a bit over $200 a month, but then again my plan isn't as awesome as yours either. Last year I paid about $90 and had better benefits. I was bitching to my self-employeed father about the jump. He looked at me and said, "I pay $2000 a month, wanna trade?" I shut my mouth.

Yeah every time I mention my benefits my dad gets pissed and reminds me about how much he pays, which is close to what your old man's amount.

I bet within 10 years many local/state gov'ts will have switched to 401ks exclusively, or a much-reduced pension with higher retirement ages.
post #1453 of 1736
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I bet within 10 years many local/state gov'ts will have switched to 401ks exclusively, or a much-reduced pension with higher retirement ages.

Public sector unions will fight to the death over this...
post #1454 of 1736
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Originally Posted by Johdus Fanfoozal View Post

Public sector unions will fight to the death over this...

And have, and lost.
post #1455 of 1736
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I just encountered a douche of all douches. This guy gets on a very crowded train and holds onto the overhead bar in the aisle near me where people sit. Well there was this old spanish lady sitting there and I guess she moved her foot and her foot went on this guy's foot. Well, this dickweed was wearing those toe shoe things that look like somebody sprayed rubber onto his bare feet. He cried out, "Ahh! This is the third fucking time this has happened today! It hurts! Every time this happens I just want to fucking slap the person!"

Um, you're essentially wearing NO FUCKING SHOES on a crowded train. GO FUCK YOURSELF, PRICK.
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