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Workfare recipients replacing transit cleaners?

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I read in yesterday's daily news that the workfare program is coming back, from what i make of it-the mta is in dire need of cleaners and with cleaners retiring every year and no city test or list. Most likely,they will hire them for permenant jobs! I know this for a fact because my neighbor was on welfare,got into the workfare program and before you knew it,she was a permenant t,a. Cleaner-that was before they cancelled the program a few years back, i recently saw a t.a. Station cleaner training a workfare worker at the d train station 182-183 street in the bronx. Now i believe that a person should have a job,but shouldn't the mta have a fair test and judge on who passes it instead of just handing someone a job,just like that? I don't mean to sound judgemental, but i wish i could get a job,like that and don't take a test! The mta sees cheap labor,instead of paying a t.a. Cleaners salary,it'scheaper to pay welfare benefits. By the way,whatever happened to the last t.a cleaners exam? Did they exhaust the list? What do you think?

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I see them at some terminals. Wearing green vest, I thought they were doing community service. They do a good job cleaning unlike these lazy car cleaners.

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Before anyone starts any crap about "they're just handing these welfare workfare folks jobs without a test or anything" - a few facts should be stated.

 

Being on welfare and assigned the workfare programs means getting about $200 per month in pay. That works out to about $2 an hour depending upon one's work assignment hours - which could range from 12 to 18 to 30 hours in a week. The more hours in the work assignment means less "pay" per hour. Needless to say - there are no "benefits" - no sick days, personal days, or vacation days - no contributions to social security or retirement, or union representation. It is simply just the chance to be exploited while one has to look for work - on all of the other weekdays that one does not have a work assignment. Welfare is not a picnic.

 

Just telling the truth and keeping it real.

Mike

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I see them at some terminals. Wearing green vest, I thought they were doing community service. They do a good job cleaning unlike these lazy car cleaners.

 

Dan than alone makes it sad and yes i do agree with you...

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I don't disagree that being poor isn't an ideal situation for many people.

 

I personally knew people in the past that rather be on welfare & medicaid than to work for a living. Yes they don't represent everyone but its says something about our imperfect system.

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Dan than alone makes it sad and yes i do agree with you...

 

They could be standing right in front of a train car with garbage from one end to another and all I see them doing is picking up the newspapers, with a newport between their lips.. But those are things you see and just keep walking, and say "hello"

 

And Its not all of them, its just the ones I've seen at a certain place.

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And Its not all of them, its just the ones I've seen at a certain place.

 

Very True its not all of them...

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