The Presidential Emergency Board found that SEPTA is correct in insisting that pay raises for the Regional Rail engineers and electricians follow the same pattern as raises for subway and bus operators.
The unions have been working without a contract for four years, and mediation officially failed last month, triggering a 30-day cooling-off period.
SEPTA tries to enlist the public’s help with ongoing safety campaigns, safety blitzes at transit hubs, and the new “Look Up, Speak Up” ads. In Monday’s attack on an officer, passengers stepped in to help.
Transport Workers Union Local 234 represents 5,200 workers in Septa’s City Division — including bus, subway, and trolley operators.
SEPTA officials, right up to general manager Joe Casey, are monitoring reports from the field on equipment and vehicle problems as the snow accumulates.
It’s becoming a chronic problem, causing occasional train delays, and officials say they’re taking steps to stop it.