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NYC Transit Workers Rally And March To Protest Service Cuts
Source labornet@labornet.org
Date 08/12/12/15:54

A DAY OF RALLYING
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2008
4:00 P.M. MEET UP
In front of Governor Patterson’s NYC Offices
633 3rd Avenue at 41st Street
PARTICIPATE IN A SHOW OF SUPPORT
AGAINST
TUITION HIKES
  • A 600 annual CNY tuition hike has been proposed. This is a 15%
    increase which could go into effect in either Spring of Fall 2009
  • CUNY and SUNY’s Board of Trustees seek the power to
    deregulate tuition - to make future tuition increases at will and
    without the approval of the state legislature.
    BUDGET CUTS
  • In August, $50.6 million dollars was slashed from CUNY’s annual
    budget. Governor Paterson has announced plans to cut an
    additional $348 million from CUNY and SUNY budgets.
  • In response, Spring ‘09 classes are being cut with deeper cuts
    anticipated in the fall. This means larger class sections and a
    greater hit to ethnic and gender studies courses, which are pri-
    marily taught by adjuncts (see below).
    LAYOFFS
  • Over half of CUNY’s teaching faculty are adjuncts. Adjunct posi-
    tions will be the most severely impacted by the budget cuts and
    layoffs are already taking place.
    5:00 P.M. MARCH ON
    To the MTA Headquarters
    347 Madison Avenue at 44th Street

    A DAY OF RALLYING
    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2008
    IN ORDER TO PROTEST:
    SERVICE CUTS
  • The proposed cuts would totally eliminate two entire subway lines
    and cut two other subway lines in half.
  • The proposed budget would also cut out over two dozen week-
    end bus routes. The new schedule would have trains run less fre-
    quently on 17 lines, either during the midday or evening hours
    which would mean longer waits on subway platforms for almost
    one million riders a day.
    FARE HIKES
  • A 23% fare increase on the Ridership has been proposed.
  • Doubling the fare on Access-A-Ride customers, consisting of the
    elderly and disabled transit riders.
  • Increased fare on express buses from $5.00 to $7.50.
    LAYOFFS
  • The MTA’s proposed budget will close dozens of token booths
    and at the same time run less trains between the hours of 2:00
    am and 5:00 am, making the transit system less safe for riders.
  • Transit workers are facing layoffs even with Ridership levels at an
    all-time high, and despite the MTAs own reports calling for the
    hiring of more workers, and admittedly being short at least 1500
    employees in the cleaner title alone.
    This rally has been sponsored and
    organized by the Take Back Our Union
    Movement (TBOU). For more information
    visit www.takebackourunion.org, or
    contact Marvin Holland (347) 804-6982 or
    Charles Jenkins (646) 523-8484.
    Labor Donated
    5:00 P.M.
    Assemble at MTA Headquarters
    347 Madison Avenue at 44th Street

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