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What You Should Know / March 29, 2011 -- The cash-strapped MTA may soon put welfare recipients to work scrubbing and cleaning the subways.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to revive its participation in the city's Work Experience Program - which makes the unemployed toil for their benefit checks. ... In budget documents, the prior MTA administration claimed operations would be cheaper without the workers.About 150 union-represented cleaners who trained and helped supervise WEP workers received an additional $1.70 an hour under a 1996 pact between Transport Workers Union Local100 and the MTA.

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