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Governor Corbett Requests Presidential Emergency Board In SEPTA Rail Strike

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) -– The SEPTA Regional Rail strike has come to an end after Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett asked President Barack Obama to intervene Saturday.

Corbett said he asked Obama to appoint an emergency board to mediate the dispute between the transit agency and its engineers and electricians unions. They went on strike earlier in the day.

“I have requested federal intervention from the President to immediately mediate the ongoing dispute between SEPTA and the Engineers and Electricians Unions,” Corbett said. “It is imperative that parties continue to work toward an agreement for the benefit of the tens of thousands of people who use SEPTA rail every day.”

READ: SEPTA Regional Rail Workers Go On Strike

The governor also called on both parties to work together to resolve their differences and end the strike.

“The people of Philadelphia and the surrounding region expect and deserve a safe and efficient rail system to get them to work, medical appointments, school, and recreation,” said Corbett. “I call on both parties to work together, find common ground and place the riders at the forefront of mind in their discussions.”

SEPTA engineers and electrical workers would have to return immediately to work and both parties are required to continue negotiations.

READ: Complete Coverage ‘SEPTA Regional Rail Strike’

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