Public records show that six of the eight highest-paid employees at the Allegheny County Port Authority were bus drivers, some of whom earned about $80,000 in overtime pay.
According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, after CEO Ellen McLean, who made $187,000, and COO Bill Miller, who made $136,000, all of the next six highest-paid people in fiscal year 2014 were drivers. Base pay for a driver is about $55,000 but one earned over $135,000.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85 President Steve Palonis said some of the top earners worked seven days a week or double shifts. Palonis said the drivers sacrifice home life and should be applauded.
Port Authority spokesman Jim Ritchie said reduced staffing because of funding uncertainty contributed to the overtime, but they are now hiring drivers.