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OpinionLetters

Letter: Transit managers deserve raises

The LIRR Jamaica station is very busy in

The LIRR Jamaica station is very busy in the evening hours July 8, 2014. Talks between the LIRR unions and the MTA will resume Wednesday afternoon, July 16, 2014, union officials said. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) should do his research before making statements like a manager has "an inherent responsibility to be a leader and an important aspect of that is to lead by example" ["Zeldin: Cancel MTA manager raises," News, Sept. 8].

During emergencies, transit managers work 10- to 12-hour days, nonstop. They support a system that transports millions of people 24/7, with little notice or fanfare. When snow and numerous man-made emergencies keep most commuters stranded, transit managers are already at locations tending to the problems and getting ready for the next day's service.

A manager's inherent responsibility took no backseat after the Sept. 11 attacks, when transit managers worked countless days on end at the World Trade Center site, transporting emergency service personnel, the wounded, and food and supplies.

Hourly and supervisory employees received raises during the last six years, while transit managers haven't. Are they not subject to the same price and inflation increases?

Michael Calabro, Bellmore

Editor's note: The writer is a retired Long Island Rail Road transit manager.
 

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