SEPTA Regional Rail Strike
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.
Three members of the panel are on a 30-day mission to hear testimony from locomotive engineers and electrical workers, as well as SEPTA labor relations staff, and deliver a report with recommendations to the President by July 14th.
After four years of stalled contract negotiations, the clock is ticking again, but the next inflection point may be a month from now.
SEPTA’s regional rails were back in business for the Monday morning commute, thanks to a presidential executive order that derailed a strike by some 400 locomotive engineers and electricians.
The sound of trains running was music to the ears of the hundreds of thousands of commuters who rely on SEPTA to get work.
SEPTA announced Sunday that hearings on the labor dispute will take place next week before an emergency board, established by President Barrack Obama.
Riders who rely on the regional rails for their commute were breathing a sigh of relief Sunday after federal intervention forced the end of a short-lived SEPTA strike.
An executive order signed by President Obama Saturday forces train engineers back to work.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is asking President Barack Obama to intervene in the SEPTA transit strike.
The SEPTA transit strike comes as roadwork takes place in several areas in the region. AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering travel tips.
The SEPTA strike was inconveniencing riders who had planned to use the regional rails over the weekend, forcing them to make alternate plans to get to their destination.
SEPTA’s Regional Rail service interruption plan is now in effect.
CBS 3 has also confirmed that an offer for a two-week extension was presented. It is not yet known how union officials responded.
The mayor has no direct role in the labor dispute, but he says his people are monitoring developments.
One rider says she’s very concerned that a walkout will shut down the rails, leaving her with very little in the way of options to get to work.