A disaffected New York City subway conductor faces possible suspension for “grossly disregarding” MTA guidelines, and possibly more trouble for telling his colleagues not to show up for duty.
Tramell Thompson has only worked a few days since March 17, 2020, according to MTA documents. But he’s getting paid while protesting the MTA and vaccination mandates – and being praised by anti-vaccination activist Kyrie Irving.
His social media features photos of him enjoying New York Giants games and hiking in California with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
He says he was unable to work after being spat on at work a year ago when he returned from a year-long COVID-19-related absence.
Thompson, 40, who runs a group called Progressive Action, rants against the MTA and the Transit Workers Union on YouTube.
He calls his organization a nonprofit and solicits donations, although there is no record of the group being registered in New York or with the Internal Revenue Service.
An internal MTA investigation found that he posted copies of two workers’ disciplinary reports to Twitter and YouTube without permission, according to a copy of the investigation report obtained by The Post.
The report concluded that his behavior showed “gross disregard” of MTA guidelines and recommended that the agency take “appropriate action.”
However, he remains an MTA employee. According to state records, he earned $80,498 in 2019.
Thompson said on YouTube he faces a possible 10-day suspension and further investigation for possible wrongdoing push employees not to work on the day of a subway mass shooting in Brooklyn.
Thompson told the Post that the MTA targeted him. He said he’s on the road to work, earning less than his normal salary and taking medication because his doctors think “I’m very angry.”
“I walk across the country, I travel — my psychologist wants me to do things that make me happy,” he said.
An MTA spokesman, Tim Minton, said only that on the day of the subway shooting, “dozens of transit workers heroically ran toward the danger zone…to provide assistance while also helping hundreds of passengers get to safety.”
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