Streams

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.

More in:

News, weather, Radiolab, Brian Lehrer and more.
Get the best of WNYC in your inbox, every morning.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Sponsored

Latest Newscast

 

 

Support

WNYC is supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation: Because a great city needs an informed and engaged public

Feeds

Supported by