From the NY Post:
While straphangers suffer from higher fares and decreased services, six grease monkeys at a Long Island Rail Road maintenance facility in Queens ratcheted up their incomes by more than three times their base salaries through enormous amounts of overtime and other perks in 2008, according to payroll records obtained by The Post.
The mechanics, all union members, each easily cleared more than $200,000 in income last year -- for a grand total of $1.5 million -- giving well-paid MTA suits a run for their money.
The biggest payday went to Ronald Dunne, a car repairman who pulled down a staggering $283,373 in total compensation, making him the fifth-highest-paid employee in the entire transit system. Only MTA head Eliot Sander -- who made $364,989 in salary and perks -- and the presidents of the LIRR, New York City Transit, and the Bridges and Tunnels division made more.
Dunne's base salary was $62,976 but, incredibly, he hauled in an additional $220,397, mostly from overtime.