Rendell: SEPTA Strike Would Hold Down Voter Turnout In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell addressed the SEPTA strike, telling Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT that the legislature should consider re-classifying the transportation workers as essential and take away their right to strike.

“They never have traditionally and I don’t know of any jurisdiction that does consider them essential workers and therefore unable to strike…It’s something that, probably, the legislature should consider going forward.”

He worried that if the dispute is not resolved soon, it could boost Donald Trump’s chances of taking the commonwealth in next week’s presidential election.

“This will hold down the turnout in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia area. I guess that would be good for Donald Trump. Who knows? A strike like this usually gets settled. Now, usually. When I was Governor, there were two SETPA strikes and we settled them both within 12 hours of the union going out on strike. I don’t know, but if it exists until next Tuesday, it’s real problem and a real plus for Donald Trump.”

 

Rendell doesn’t think schools should punish students, should they not be able to get to class.

“If they don’t have any alternate means of getting to school, they just can’t go to school. I think the school can’t hold it against them and can’t count it as them not being in school that day.”

He believes Governor Wolf will eventually attempt to intervene to bring the stoppage to an end.

“If I were Governor right now, I would, and I think Governor Wolf is going to get involved personally. I would get involved personally and see if I could settle the strike. That’s what I did the two strikes that took place during my time as Governor, I did get involved and I was able to bring about a settlement of both strikes.”

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  1. Hank Maglio says:

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  2. Hank Maglio says:

    these demos, will keep lying to the people,,,,,,to make people do things,,,,all the time,,,,,now this demo,,,is blaming the election on the strike,,,,but,,,,how long, have they been trying to talk to the mayor,,,,,the mayor,,,should cut back on high salary management,,,,,cut back on the wages of high salary management,,,,,but will he,,,,noooooooooooo, , because he put his friends in those jobs,,,,but won’t the demo. back in,,,,like the lying demo for president….like this………………Hillary Promised U.S. Will Use Nukes in Local/Regional Conflicts – Nuclear War

    Published on Mar 29, 2016
    Hillary promised to lob nuclear weapons for the benefit of other countries in the region of Iran, not just Israel, if they were attacked. We would use nukes on their behalf. She notes her ‘umbrella’ plan covers multiple countries in the region, the names of which she refused offer. She initially called the use of nuclear weapons ‘massive retaliation’, but later clarified that term was referring to the use of nuclear weapons by the United States of America.

    A Nuclear War.

    This is the person people are considering for the President of the United States? Someone who flippantly throws the idea of firing nuclear weapons around like toy catapults, as if there would be no consequence to the world? Does she not think there would be a massive onslaught of terrorist attacks on the United States which there is no way to prevent, ones which would no doubt be as horrible and unbelievable as obliterating an entire country full of people in the Middle East? Is she that stupid? (“obliterate” is her word, used to clarify her comments the next day.)

    More dangerous than Trump. More dangerous than Cruz. More dangerous than any recent Presidential candidate.

    We do not need a nuclear war. Perhaps this saber-rattling princess needs to find another line of work because she shows she has no ability to hold her tongue in matters of major importance — and this was even BEFORE she had even won a nomination (’08, which, thank god, she did not).

    People have called Hillary a War-Hawk. I think it is worse than that. She is actually an Armageddon-Hawk who has no idea of what horrors she is unleashing. All voters in America should take note!

  3. Mara Henao says:

    Donald trump Donald Trump blah blah blah…Let’s take the rights of workers away becuase of big boggie man. How about teachers? Has made the teachers strikes illegal made the conditions in schools any better??? IF ANYTHING THEY GOT WORSE!

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