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NY-ers On Welfare Might Clean Subways

From the New York Daily News:

Cash-poor MTA may put recipients of unemployment benefits to work again cleaning subways

BY Lisa Eadicicco and Pete Donohue   
Tuesday, March 29th 2011

The cash-strapped MTA may soon put welfare recipients to work scrubbing and cleaning the subways.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to revive its participation in the city’s Work Experience Program – which makes the unemployed toil for their benefit checks.

"This is a program that has a proven track record of doing three things: providing low-cost cleaning help for the subway; providing job training to people who need it, and leading directly to full-time employment for many of the people who participate in the program," MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin said.

Certainly work would be an exotic new experience for a number of these worthies.

The MTA eliminated 173 cleaner positions last year in a series of budget cuts that slashed a total of about 3,500 jobs

WEP participants were assigned to subway cleaning tasks for about nine years ending in 2008, when the previous MTA administration nixed the free labor.

Somehow we suspect that the program was instituted under Rudy Giuliani and dismantled under (mayor for life) Bloomberg.

In budget documents, the prior MTA administration claimed operations would be cheaper without the workers.

Sure it would.

About 150 union-represented cleaners who trained and helped supervise WEP workers received an additional $1.70 an hour under a 1996 pact between Transport Workers Union Local100 and the MTA.

Oh, so the public sector unions get a piece of the action. Well, then this program might be revived, after all.

By the way, this Daily News also features a poll, which at this hour has gotten the following response:

Mind you, this is a poll taken by a newspaper that leans so far left that some call it the New York Daily Worker.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “NY-ers On Welfare Might Clean Subways”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Fire the cleaners so you can get most of them back w/o having to pay for ObamaCare, dental, eye, paid vacations……… and for 1/3 less.
    Those bums!!
    Work ’em like borrowed mules!

  2. canary says:

    Luckily the quota will mean Mexicans will be among them working.
    That way when they encounter groups of Mexicans glaring at them speaking in Spanish, someone will be able to interpret the gangs intent. I learned a Mexican gang order washing my car once. Found out later they were telling me to give what I had to them. I of course took off running for my life, and when I came back after calling police first, the Mexicans had put dents in my cars.

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