The MTA obtained a number of state labor violations final month tied to poor record-keeping of assaults on transit staff and failing to offer required coaching to assist staff take care of these incidents, The Submit has discovered.
The state’s Labor Division stated the MTA did not report greater than 200 assaults in opposition to staff in required harm logs over the course of 2019 and 2020, in line with notices of violation and an accompanying investigative narrative obtained by The Submit.
DOL additionally dinged MTA New York Metropolis Transit for lacking required components of the state-mandate “office violence prevention program” and failing to offer annual office violence coaching in 2019 and 2020.
“The employer didn’t present every worker with data and coaching on the dangers of office violence… at the very least yearly,” in line with the discover of violation dated April 1.
The MTA was beforehand dinged in November 2019 for failing to “set up and implement reporting system for incidents of office violence,” however the issue has continued, in line with the doc.
A DOL spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the paperwork and stated “the report speaks for itself.”
“The New York State Division of Labor is working with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to make sure compliance,” the spokesperson stated in an electronic mail.
The MTA is required to resolve the violations by August.
Violence on the job is a significant problem for the MTA’s frontline workforce. MTA stats present a median of practically two assaults per week on subway staff to date this 12 months and plenty of dozens extra weekly circumstances of anti-worker harassment.
The MTA Inspector Basic has beforehand known as out the MTA’s failure to offer state-mandated coaching.
“The MTA is dedicated to working with the New York State Division of Labor to make sure compliance with all State laws associated to the well being and security of staff,” MTA spokesman Eugene Resnick stated in an announcement. “Employee safety stays a high precedence for the MTA and we take all legitimate complaints filed by staff severely.”