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LOS ANGELES : MTA to Begin Laying Off 117 Workers This Month

May 17, 1994

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will begin laying off 117 employees later this month to help overcome a projected $300-million budget deficit.

The layoffs are part of a plan announced in March to eliminate 269 positions and scale back some projects to trim $100 million from a massive operating and capital shortfall forecast for the fiscal year beginning in July.

An internal memo issued Friday said 117 employees will lose their jobs, most of them union workers in the operations unit, including service attendants and clerks. MTA officials Monday began the process of notifying those affected.

Thirty-seven administrative employees will be let go, including several from the agency's planning and programming unit, which maps out the MTA's transit projects. The remainder of the 269 positions have remained vacant since a hiring freeze was imposed at the beginning of the year.

Franklin E. White, chief executive officer of the MTA, said the cuts are necessary for the agency to balance its $3.4-billion budget.

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