T starts laying off workers
Reductions part of effort to close $80m deficit
THE MBTA IS LAYING OFF workers to help close an $80 million operating deficit.
T officials said the layoffs are part of a larger effort to streamline operations by eliminating 300 corporate and administrative positions. The MBTA’s annual report, released on Dec. 15, said 174 positions had been eliminated through voluntary buyouts and retirements, generating $14 million in savings. The report indicated another 126 positions would need to be eliminated by the end of the fiscal year at the end of June.One source said 25 people were laid off on Thursday, including many from the T’s call center and its marketing and customer service operations. The T has been exploring outsourcing its call center operations.
The layoffs affect nonunion workers as well members of Local 453 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union and the T Executives Association. Officials said those workers with bumping rights will be offered other positions, including bus operator jobs, where turnover creates a lot of vacancies.