- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Janitors with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are urging Republican Gov. Charlie Baker not to follow through with possible layoffs.

The Boston Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2aD6jry ) more than 100 protesters and their families held signs Wednesday outside the State House that read “MBTA Don’t Make a Mess.”

Union leaders say workers won’t be able to keep the MBTA stations clean if a third of the staff is cut.

T station officials have said cleaning costs in recent years have increased 45 percent over the amounts contracted with two companies. They’re working on a new scheduling system to help lower costs.

The cuts are scheduled to take effect as early as Sept. 1.

Baker’s legislative affairs director accepted a letter from the protesters and says a final decision hasn’t been made.

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Information from: Boston Herald, https://www.bostonherald.com

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