Monday, April 4, 2011
Everybody's Working For Their Welfare
Recently the MTA announced that they would be brining back WEP program which allows welfare recipients to earn their welfare money by cleaning the subway. The original program was started by TWU president Willie James back in 1996. It was eventually disbanded when the stupid MTA claimed they could do the work "more cheaply" which makes no sense.
Some people think this type of program exploits poor people and cuts into union jobs, but please keep in mind that we are talking about sweeping and mopping a subway platform. This is not a skilled or dangerous job, and having the welfare recipients do the work benefits them (they have the opportunity to gain full time employment), the MTA, and the public. I hope I'm not turning into a conservative Republican like Botttle, but this is a great idea and it should be expanded across the city provided the government doesn't get in the way. I'm not saying there shouldn't be any protection for workers with unskilled jobs, but you have to let the free markets work. According to seethroughny.net, in 2009 the average transit cleaner made $42,360 per year. While that may not seem like a lot of money for NYC, given how many people are looking for work I have to think it would be EASY to fill the positions for much less.
Of course this debate wouldn't be complete without some commentary from the readers of the NYDN, which you can find after the jump...
"Alley viper what does jews have to do with this story, you sound like a racist biggot, go stfu yourself, I have seen people from diffrent races and religions working on Welfare work to earn you check program and even some Jews work for their welfare check, if you dont know don't post your ignorant garbage."
"WEP program stops the bring back the laid off cleaner first. This program only hurt the worthwhile High School grads of the inner New York City from stepping into an chance at a carreer with the NYC Transit. Keep High school grad a burger flipper, and they will become welfare. Give a decent paying job and look to future like train operator, make a city great"
"Able bodied welfare reciprients should be required to work...there should be no FREE LUNCH. Perhaps they would feel it is an improvement in their lives to be a part of the work force. As to the question posted here this mandate should include ALL....not be based on race, color or religion !"