Occupy Wall Street protestors joined union workers at Wednesday’s morning’s M.T.A. board meeting, urging the cash-strapped authority that oversees New York City mass transit to tap into a $500 million retiree fund in order to restore service cuts, rehire laid-off workers and underwrite wage hikes.
“The transit workers serve the 99 percent,” said Tony Murphy, from “Occupy for Jobs,” in a call-and-response “mic check” in the M.T.A.’s fifth-floor Madison Avenue boardroom. “It is beyond ludicrous for the M.T.A. to claim a retirees fund as an excuse to deny justice to the transit workers.”