Supervisors, state senator set to protest MTA layoffs today 

City Supervisors Chris Daly, John Avalos, and David Campos, and State Senator Leland Yee will hold a press conference today at City Hall, urging the Municipal Transportation Agency to back off on its plans to lay off 108 employees.

The MTA, which has been dealing with a $45.1 million mid-year deficit, is scheduled to go forward with its first round of layoffs on Friday, a move that will affect transit cleaners, fare box inspectors, and traffic counters.

That proposed batch of layoffs prompted Daly to hold a hearing today at the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance Committee. The discussion will focus on potential health risks of the staff reductions, which will take cleaners away from picking up garbage and other detritus on Muni’s buses.

Before that hearing, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. today, Daly, Avalos, Campos and Yee will join officials from SEIU, the largest employee union in the MTA, to protest the layoffs.

Pressure against the reductions has helped temporarily stave off the planned layoffs of 24 parking control officers. Originally set to be let go this Friday with 29 other MTA employees, the parking control officers will work for at least another month, at which time the transit agency will evaluate their status.

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