Retired Train Conductors Asked to Come Back to Work

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York transit officials are asking retired motormen to come back to work to help during a post-Sandy manpower shortage, last week sending letters to 120 former train conductors describing a “critical and urgent need” for their expertise.

NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco said the agency needs the extra manpower to run equipment trains for its $3.4 billion in repair projects. While it has not yet delayed any repair projects or impacted service, Transit President Carmen Bianco said, “it’s not a situation we want to be in.”

The Transport Workers Union Local 100 says it’s opposed to re-hiring retirees during a time of high unemployment.