From the Daily News:
Up to 1,000 welfare recipients will scrub subway stations for their benefits under a cost-cutting measure in the MTA’s 2012 budget, approved Monday by the agency’s Finance Committee.
The welfare workers are the equivalent of 225 full-time cleaners on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority payroll.
The Work Experience Program helped hundreds of participants obtain full-time union jobs cleaning the subway before it was canceled in 2008. It’s being revived as the MTA struggles to close budget gaps year after year in the recession.
The new fiscal plan, however, did not restore last year’s service cuts.