MTA to hire 120 consultants to figure out how to cut 2,700 jobs
Updated On: Mar 02, 2020
The job cuts were announced last summer through a state-mandated reorganization of the MTA — but the plan to hire more consultants was announced Wednesday, adding a new wrinkle to the agency’s effort to save money.
The MTA has eliminated 788 jobs since last April “through attrition,” said MTA Chief Transformation Officer Anthony McCord, who’s been given the nickname of “Hatchet Man” by rank-and-file transit workers.
McCord has a staff of 15 people working under him, and is looking to add another 35. He told MTA board members Wednesday that he’ll need the people to manage the rush of 120 consultants who will soon work out of the MTA’s lower Manhattan headquarters.
Between the start of April and the end of March, “we will initiate a reduction in force for roughly 1,900 positions,” said McCord. “The process will take roughly six months to complete.”Top of Form
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MTA officials last year said the focus of the reorganization and job cuts was the consolidation of the agency’s redundant administrative offices, like its seven human resource departments, seven legal offices and seven financial divisions.
But on Wednesday, McCord revealed a different blueprint. He said he plans to cut 700 operational positions, which could include transit workers and supervisors.
The planned cuts concerned Vincent Tessitore, an MTA board member and the vice general chairman of the Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Union, which represents Long Island Rail Road workers.
“When I see 700 operational positions that could be identified as a reduction in force, to me as a labor guy, it is mind-boggling to think how that could be achieved when we are so shorthanded now and we have so many issues with overtime,” Tessitore said.
But McCord said there was no reason to worry — or for the agency to get squeamish about the reductions.
“We have in place a team of 15 people," said McCord. "We’ve created and validated our processes and we’re essentially ready to go.”
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