City Rehires Over 100 Recently Laid Off MTA Bus Drivers

By Ben Fractenberg on September 8, 2010 8:51am 

The MTA rehired around 100 bus drivers who were laid off in June.
The MTA rehired around 100 bus drivers who were laid off in June.
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By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — These bus drivers have been on a bumpy ride.

The city rehired more than 100 bus drivers after they were laid off just two months ago, the Daily News reported Wednesday.

The MTA let go of about 300 bus drivers back in June in an effort to close their budget gap. But now the city agency is reportedly saying they need to drivers to fill opening from retirements and promotions.

"It's good to see people back to work, especially with this economy Transport Workers Union Local 100 official J.P. Patafio told the News. "We never understood why they were laid off to begin with."

The drivers were originally laid off in an effort to close a $900 million MTA budget gap.


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