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Raises for some at T are tied to evaluations

State House News Service / August 11, 2011

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In response to Governor Deval Patrick authorizing up to 3 percent raises for all executive branch managers in fiscal 2012, the MBTA plans to make the same offer to its nonunion employees pending a performance evaluation.

According to MBTA General Manager Richard Davey, some T managers have not had merit-based or cost-of-living raises for the past six years. Davey told the MassDOT/MBTA Committee on Labor and Compensation that about 150 MBTA employees would be eligible for the 3 percent raise retroactive to July 3, 2011. An additional 100 managers who have received salary increases or promotions since July 1, 2010 would become eligible for the same raise on the anniversary of their salary adjustment, also pending a performance review.

“The public demands and has demanded government raises to be performance based and that has not happened at the T maybe ever,’’ Davey said, referring to the MBTA Management Appraisal Program developed last summer.

The MBTA Board of Directors approved a 1.5 percent salary increase for July 1 this year and another 1.5 percent raise on Jan. 1, 2012, for nonunion employees as part of its fiscal 2012 budget.

Rather than award those raises across the board, Davey said the new 3 percent salary adjustments will be subjected to performance reviews so that employees can get feedback on their work quality.

Board member Janice Loux said that she had concerns about the new job evaluation process and that she would rather see 3 percent raises implemented across the board because employees have gone so long without a raise.

She said the new job review program could be used for future salary increases.