Court injunction puts MTA layoffs on hold

May 6, 2010 11:24:51 AM PDT
A judge has extended until at least Monday or Tuesday a temporary restraining order blocking the MTA from firing 475 workers. The MTA already instructed the pink-slipped clerks to hand in their badges, uniforms and other property at an NYC Transit training center in Brooklyn. But a judge, sitting in Lower Manhattan, issued a temporary restraining order at approximately 1:30 a.m., preventing the layoffs.

Later Thursday, Justice Saliann Scarpulla, sitting in Lower Manhattan, kept in place the middle of the night order issed by Justice Alice Schlesinger.

"Due process always costs money. Have the hearings and then lay off whoever you want to lay off," she told lawyers in court this morning.

The positions are among the nearly 1,475 transit officials the MTA previously announced it was slashing from the bus and subway divisions to help close a massive budget gap this year.

The cuts were the first wave of layoffs at the MTA, and more were expected to be announced.