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 Building Bridges 
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 Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg  
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Protest Demands NY's MTA Brings Back Laid Off Workers
Transport Workers Local 100
OWS Labor Outreach Committee

TWU Local 100, elected officials, and community supporters called on the MTA to use nearly $500 million dollars in its GASB 45 Fund to restore services cut in 2010, and to rehire over 120 laid-off Station Agents, and settle a fair contract for 38,000 TWU Local 100 members. According to MTA budget documents, the agency holds approximately $489 million in a reserve fund called the GASB 45 Fund (Government Accounting Standards Board). Since 2006, the MTA has been depositing tens of millions of dollars every year in this account. Even in 2010, when bus and subway services were reduced or eliminated al-together, the MTA stashed money away instead of drawing from its reserve fund to avoid service cuts.
Thousands Joined The Line Saying "NO MORE PINK SLIPS"
Arthur Cheliotes, President, Communications Workers , Local 1180

On Super Tuesday March 6, from 8:14 to 8:28 am New Yorkers joined to form the
world's longest unemployment line for 14 minutes - 1 minute for each of the 1 million currently unemployed Americans. This visually stunning and politically significant form of protest symbolized the 14 million Americans who lost their jobs during the last five years, and the 10 -15 million people who have given up hope of finding a job and are not even counted in current unemployment statistics. More people were living in poverty last year
than in any year since the Census Bureau began keeping records half a century ago, while the richest 1% has tripled its wealth and corporations are being bailed out without giving back. The Line, a creative action stretching arms and joining together to say, No to Pink Slips, Yes to Government and Business Putting America Back to Work!
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