MTA Starts Laying Off Subway Agents

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority laid off 260 subway station agents today as part of efforts to address a nearly $800 million deficit. Because of seniority rules, most of those who received pink slips had worked for four years or less.

Sadeque Ahmed, a Bangladeshi immigrant with two children -- one just a month old -- lost his job today. He says he’s not sure how he’s going to pay his bills and feed his new baby.

Ahmed says he came to the MTA because he thought there would be more job security there.

The MTA says the decision to lay off employees was "difficult" but necessary.

The authority was planning on laying off 475 station agents, but it had to scale back its plans due to a lawsuit over the way it's closing more than 40 booths staffed by station agents.

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