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NJT Weighs Disciplinary action against “No Show” Train Engineers

Ridgewood Train Station

photo by ArtChick

July 20,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  New Jersey Transit is weighing whether it can pursue disciplinary action against train engineers after a manpower shortage forced dozens of ride cancellations causing further commuter uproar this week amid the “summer of Hell” track work at New York’s Penn Station.

NJ Transit Executive Director Steve Santoro said at a joint Assembly-Senate oversight committee that there were 40 total cancellations Sunday and Monday and that he will meet later this week with union leaders.

The union contract spells out the process for discipline, Santoro said after the Democrat-led hearing. “If it’s appropriate, disciplinary action will occur consistent with the contract,” he said.

At this point it is still unclear how many of the cancellations stemmed from engineers exercising a contract provision that allows them to take two days to report for work when schedule changes are made. But vacations and the summer track work also may have been a factor, Santoro said.

James Brown, chairman of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen disputed the claim that the engineers do  not want to come to work.

Republican state Sen. Joe Kyrillos got into a heated exchange, at one point asking Santoro whether it was true they were “screwing” NJ Transit customers by not working earlier this week.

Once again the hearings have made it all the more abundantly clear that Trenton has not clue what the commute is like to New York City  every day and would explain the media ,obsession with “the bidgegate ” faux traffic delays.