Protest Demand NY's MTA Brings Back Laid Off Workers
Transport Workers Local 100
OWS Labor Outreach Committee
TWU Local 100, elected officials, and community supporters called on
the MTA to use nearly $500 million dollars in its GASB 45 Fund to
restore services cut in 2010, and to rehire over 120 laid-off Station
Agents, and settle a fair contract for 38,000 TWU Local 100 members.
According to MTA budget documents, the agency holds approximately
$489 million in a reserve fund called the GASB 45 Fund (Government
Accounting Standards Board). Since 2006, the MTA has been
depositing tens of millions of dollars every year in this account. Even
in 2010, when bus and subway services were reduced or eliminated
altogether, the MTA stashed money away instead of drawing from its
reserve fund to avoid service cuts.
Thousands Joined The Line Saying “NO MORE PINK SLIPS”
Arthur Cheliotes, President, Communications Workers , Local 1180
On Super Tuesday March 6, from 8:14 to 8:28 am New Yorkers joined
to form the world's longest unemployment line for 14 minutes - 1 minute
for each of the 1 million currently unemployed Americans. This visually
stunning and politically significant form of protest symbolized the
14 million Americans who lost their jobs during the last five years, and
the 10 -15 million people who have given up hope of finding a job and
are not even counted in current unemployment statistics. More people
were living in poverty last year than in any year since the Census
Bureau began keeping records half a century ago, while the richest
1% has tripled its wealth and corporations are being bailed out without
giving back. The Line, a creative action stretching arms and joining
together to say, No to Pink Slips, Yes to Government and Business
Putting America Back to Work!
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