MTA inspector general report finds workers slacking

September 25, 2013 4:24:10 AM PDT
The MTA's inspector general has found high-paid workers clocking in for their jobs and then slacking off, even going entire days without doing any work at all.

MTA watchdog Barry Kluger filed disciplinary charges against five road machinists and two foremen who were supposed to be maintaining Metro-North's tracks as part of the Work Equipment Division.

Kluger says that almost a quarter of site visits turned up machinists who stayed at home or sat in a car in a commuter parking lot.

In a statement, the MTA called the behavior unacceptable and said changes to the system would help oversee employee performance and the appropriate use of overtime.

A spokesman for the workers union declined to comment on the disciplinary charges until the report can be reviewed.