A group of Metro-North conductors and engineers caught in a cheating scandal will keep their jobs after submitting to safety tests, and accepting unpaid suspensions and, in some instances, demotions, according to lohud.com.
Some of the accused will continue work with the railroad as coach cleaners and custodians until they’re eligible to reapply for their former positions next year, according to lohud.com, which reported the deal is the result of a year-long negotiation between Metro-North’s attorneys and union officials.
Those who were conductors will have to serve as assistant conductors for at least two years before becoming eligible for their former jobs, according to lohud.com.
The cheating allegations first came to light last year after an Inspector General’s probe into reports of improper actions during safety tests, according to lohud.com.
James Fahey, the director of the executive board for the Association of Commuter Rail Employees, negotiated the deal and later called the punishments endured by the accused “excessive,” according to lohud.com, which reported that Fahey claimed to have accepted the deal in order to save jobs.
Of the 20 employees accused, about half pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and were sentenced to community service, according to lohud.com. All served unpaid suspensions of up to two months and some lost pay or were demoted, according to lohud.com.