MBTA TO OFFER PAY RAISES TO MANAGERS
In response to Gov. Deval Patrick authorizing up to 3% raises for all executive branch managers in fiscal 2012, the MBTA plans to make the same offer to its non-union employees pending a performance evaluation. According to MBTA General Manager Richard Davey, some MBTA 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 new MBTA Management Appraisal Program (T-Map) developed last summer. The MBTA Board of Directors approved a 1.5 percent salary increase for July 1, 2011 and another 1.5 percent raise on January 1, 2012 for non-union 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 she had concerns about the new job evaluation process, and said 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. “I feel like we voted in the 3 percent raise in the budget and now we’re doing performance evaluations and I don’t know if the chicken came before the egg,” Loux said. Davey said for the limited number of employees who don’t qualify for a 3 percent raise based on their performance reviews, he would be willing to consider awarding those raises at a later date if an employee demonstrates improved performance before their next review. He called the total cost of the raises "minimal" – aides placed it at $577,000 a year if all non-union managers receive it - and said they were covered in the fiscal 2012 budget.