Thruway Authority cuts more workers

Albany

The state Thruway Authority last week quietly laid off about a half-dozen non-union employees. Saying it was a personnel matter, Thruway spokesman Dan Weiller declined comment on the precise nature of the job cuts or the reason, but the move came as the federal government has told New York that they’ll only lend the state about 33 percent of the nearly $4 billion cost of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, as opposed to the 49 percent that Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been hoping for.

The cuts also come five months after the Thruway Authority issued layoff notices to more than 200 unionized workers including Teamsters and members of the Civil Service Employees Association.

The layoffs, announced at the start of the year, came after the Thruway abandoned an earlier plan to raise truck tolls by 45 percent in order to balance their books. That increase was dropped amid an outcry about the economic impact of such an increase.

One of the affected unions, CSEA, in August sued the Thruway in federal court, contending the initial round of layoffs violated the Constitution since they applied only to union members.

A consortium of public sector unions in Connecticut recently won a suit in federal court, ………..

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