How Bad It Is

Buried in all the talk about the health insurance payments and pay raises in the transit union settlement has been employees’ deep-seated disgust with the M.T.A.’s disciplinary practices. (In our report on the strike last week, a transit expert called labor-management relations at the agency “something out of the 1930’s”.) The Village Voice this week has a round-up of some doozies, like a subway car cleaner written up when he said he was helping a rider, and a booth attendant cited after getting held up at knife point. The new contract calls for an independent consultant to examine the disciplinary system, but the M.T.A. has been promising change for a long time, with nothing to show for it.

Matthew Schuerman

How Bad It Is