Metro-North Fires Conductors Caught Cheating On Safety Exams

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Nine rookie Metro-North conductors were fired after they were caught cheating on a safety exam.
Nine rookie Metro-North conductors were fired after they were caught cheating on a safety exam. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Nine first-year Metro-North conductors were fired and three others were reassigned after they were caught cheating on a safety test during a training session, according to the New York Daily News.

One or more of the conductors gained access to a written safety exam, photographed the questions with a smart phone, and shared it with other members of the training program, the Daily News said.

The nine conductors who were fired had less than a year of experience and thus did not have union protections. The three on reassignment were demoted to their previous titles, the Daily News reported.

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Would love to see their pictures to know how many times my train was piloted by a bum.

Exactly. I'm sure that's why the other 3 were demoted and not fired. I guess they will get to take the test next year. Unbelievable!

"The nine conductors who were fired had less than a year of experience and thus did not have union protections." I guess this means that if they were longer tenure, the union would support them for cheating and they would not be fired? Am I the only one who realizes that unions are an anachronism?