First wave of Muni layoffs begins 

Transit system mechanics, parking control officers, fare collectors and car cleaners will be among the 53 employees let go later this month by The City’s transit agency.

Faced with a $49.1 million midyear budget deficit, the Municipal Transportation Agency is going forward with a proposal to lay off more than 100 workers, a move that will save the agency $12.5 million in salaries and benefits. The first 53 workers will be let go Jan. 22, while the remaining 50 or so will be laid off in accordance with citywide pink slips later this year.

Of the 53 employees, 46 come from the SEIU Local 1021 union, including 24 parking control officers. Annual salaries for normal parking control officers (not senior positions) range from $43,000 to $53,000 a year.

Only one of the layoffs is a manager, and that employee is the sole worker with a salary greater than $100,000, MTA spokesman Judson True said. He said that management positions make up only 2 percent of the MTA’s staff, so the one laid-off manager roughly mirrors that same percentage among workers being let go. True also said that the number of management employees in the agency has shrunk from 108 to 96 since the 2007-08 fiscal year.

Five other employees, including four electrical transit system workers, have annual earnings greater than $100,000 when fringe benefits are factored in, True said.

The layoffs come while the agency continues to recruit candidates for two managerial positions that would each pay more than $100,000 a year. True said the positions — a sustainable streets director and a deputy executive director — are the result of a department reorganization, and are necessary for an agency that has expanded considerably over the past decade, from mergers with both the Taxicab Commission and the Department of Parking and Traffic. Still, the MTA has not made any hires yet for the two positions.

Faced with a $129 million deficit heading into this fiscal year, the agency recently implemented service cuts, transit fare increases and employee layoffs. Those measures were not enough to prevent the agency’s current midyear deficit of $49.1 million.

So far, the MTA has come up with roughly $28 million in cost-saving measures, but it still needs to identify about $21 million more by the end of this fiscal year in June, meaning more layoffs and service cuts could be imminent.

Who will be let go?

In the first round of layoffs beginning Jan. 22, the Municipal Transportation Agency is axing 53 people. Another 50 will be let go this fiscal year, with more changes possible.

Position, Layoffs

Electrical transit system mechanic, 4

Parking control officer, 21

Senior parking control officer, 3

Transit car cleaner, 10

Fare collection receiver, 2

Senior fare collection receiver, 2

Transit revenue supervisor, 1

Transit traffic checker, 6

Senior transittraffic checker, 1

Transit fare inspector, 2

Manager, 1

Source: Municipal Transportation Agency

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