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May 14, 2013

Pierce Transit’s workforce, service cuts raise concern

The agency’s plan to cut 10% of its workforce and 28% of its annual service hours in September received a backlash from the public, and spurred a union vote of no confidence in the CEO. The cuts are a result of a sales tax increase measure that was rejected by voters in November.


August 13, 2012

VIA Rail ticket agent layoffs worry disabled riders

By Oct. 24, the agency plans to lay off Kitchener train station ticket agents, who often control portable lifts used to help wheelchair-bound passengers board trains.


June 29, 2012

VIA Rail Canada to streamline service, lay off 200

Adjusting frequencies on some routes to better reflect customer demand, while maintaining service on all current routes. The agency will focus resources on improving service and attracting more customers to routes where demand is strong and growing. The agency’s unionized workforce is expected to be reduced by about 9%.


May 29, 2012

Pittsburgh Port Authority recalls laid off workers

Recently, a shortage of T light-rail drivers led to widespread delays and overcrowded trains when Pittsburgh hosted several major events.


March 21, 2012

S.F. MTA lays off execs to save $2M yearly

Twelve staffers were let go. The agency is $30 million over its current budget and facing projected deficits of $53.2 million over the next two years.


October 13, 2011

Detroit’s SMART to cut service, lay off 123 workers

After nine months of negotiations, the agency and unions representing more than 800 of its employees failed to reach agreements. Agency’s loss in revenue from local property taxes, farebox proceeds, and state and federal funding also prompted the cuts.


September 20, 2011

Toronto Transit to eliminate 482 positions

In an effort to close a $101 million shortfall in its 2012 operating budget, the agency will cut unionized and non-unionized positions. Front line, unionized positions will be eliminated through attrition.


June 28, 2011

Long Island Rail saves ticketing hours, cleaning crews

Agreement reached between LIRR and the Transportation Communications Union modifies some contractual work rules and provides enough savings to avert the planned layoff of 17 ticket clerks in 2011. That would have resulted in the closure of ticket offices and the reduction of ticket window hours at a total of over 18 LIRR stations.


April 26, 2011

Fired Calif. transit workers' retaliation claim heads to court

Three San Joaquin Regional Transit District employees claim they were fired in 2007 for assisting in a civil grand jury investigation of the transit district. The agency said it was due to budget problems.


May 6, 2010

N.Y. MTA token booth clerk jobs temporarily saved

Manhattan judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the closure of dozens of booths after union officials argued the MTA failed to follow legally required steps.


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