MTA offers employees 4 hours of pay to not vote during work

MTA offers employees 4 hours of pay to not vote during work

The MTA offered to pay workers four hours of extra wages to employees who voted outside of work hours.

In a memo obtained by The Post, Long Island Rail Road President Phil Eng informed his employees scheduled to work Tuesday that they could take up to three hours off to vote on Election Day — or cast their ballot outside of the workday in exchange for an extra four hours pay.

“In the interest of providing full revenue service to our customers on Election day, the LIRR requests that essential personnel vote outside of their work hours,” Eng wrote in the memo obtained by The Post.

“Represented essential employees who are registered to vote in the State of New York … are eligible to receive a one-time payment equal to four hours pay at their regular straight time rate.”

The memo suggests workers don’t have to prove they voted — just show they’re registered to vote and ask in advance for the additional cash.

An MTA spokesman confirmed the new policy — which comes despite the addition of nine days of early voting this year — applies to all agency employees whose jobs “directly impact the running of trains and buses.”

Transit officials defended the approach as necessary to comply with a new state law that requires all employers give their workers up to three hours of paid time off to vote, as long the employee gives at least two days’ notice.

The new policy emerged after negotiations between the LIRR and its unions, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers General Chairman Anthony Simon told Newsday on Monday.

“It was just at a point that if everybody took those three hours that they were legally required to take, it could have disrupted service. And we weren’t going to let that happen,” said Simon, who did not return calls from The Post.

Additional reporting by Kevin Sheehan



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