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11/15/2002



Rail News: Passenger Rail

NJ Transit streamlines management, seeks to recruit, retain rank-and-file


Officials at New Jersey Transit announced plans Nov. 13 to reduce the agency’s non-agreement staff, and modify its hiring practices to recruit and retain the most-qualified workers in other areas of the agency.



Specifically, NJ Transit plans to cut its 1,972 management staff by 8.6 percent through early retirement, retraining and layoffs. Staff members already are taking advantage of the early retirement, says Ken Miller, NJ Transit spokesman.



Officials won’t know exact numbers of layoffs or when they’ll take place until after other options have been exhausted.



Agency officials expect they’ll need more front-line personnel as projects are completed, including the Secaucus Transfer and related extensions. So they plan to focus on retraining employees to do other jobs, and improve the agency’s recruitment procedures to help ensure the right person is hired for the right position.



Currently, the agency has a high turnover rate during new employees’ training periods, says Miller. Ideally, the new procedures also would increase employee productivity.



Kathi Kube


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