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Report suggests ways New York MTA can bolster labor/management ties


Yesterday, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) released a blue ribbon panel report on workforce development, which recommends 61 ways the agency could foster a better relationship between management and labor.

Formed in May, the eight-member panel was co-chaired by former MTA Chairman Richard Ravitch and mediator/arbitrator Hezekiah Brown. Members conducted interviews with MTA employees and union representatives, analyzed data, visited field workers and researched leading industry practices to obtain insight into workforce issues.

Based on their findings, panel members developed recommendations in five areas: organizational culture, workforce development, succession planning, employee availability and labor-management relations.

MTA officials now will begin developing an implementation plan.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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