MTA: Six Time Clocks Damaged Amid OT Crackdown

WCBS 880 Newsroom
October 25, 2019 - 7:06 pm
MTA time clock



NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The MTA says at least six employee time clocks have been vandalized since the agency installed them in an effort to crackdown on overtime abuse.

Two of the clocks were destroyed over the last week.

The MTA’s Inspector General says agents found a clock with the screen bashed in at the Livingston Street Station in Brooklyn.

Another clock at the 11th Avenue station in Manhattan had an adhesive on the fingerprint reader, making it unusable.

Related: MTA Inspector General Suspects Sabotage of MTA’s New Employer Timekeeping System

“Riders and taxpayers deserve to have a modern system in place in place to effectively verify when workers arrive at the job, and clock out at the end of their shift. We will not be intimidated by illegal acts of sabotage that are only designed to undermine our efforts to ensure accountability across the MTA and protect taxpayer dollars from misuse,” MTA Inspector General Carolyn Pokorny said in a statement in June, when another biometric clock was smashed in.

The suspected acts of "sabotage" come amid an overtime crackdown at the MTA.

A watchdog group reported in April that the MTA doled out $1.3 billion in overtime in 2018, including nearly $345,000 in extra pay to a single Long Island Rail Road worker.