Today, over 200 MTA workers are turning in their work badges to comply with the agency's layoffs. The Transit Workers Union, which is planning a mass protest today, says that 202 workers are turning in their IDs today (WABC 7 reports 194 are station agents). The MTA issued the layoffs to deal with its huge deficit. TWU president John Samuelson told NY1, "Our members that lost their health insurance, we just came up with a plan within ourselves and we all kicked in $10 a pay period just to keep our 3,500 members that are laid off with health insurance all right. It shows you the fortitude of our membership and it was done in a very quick motion."