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Philadelphia Transit Workers Strike

septa.jpgA union representing thousands of transit workers went on strike early Tuesday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, shutting down buses, subways and trolleys that carry almost a million people daily.

Transport Workers Union leaders walked out of contract talks just before midnight, saying they couldn’t accept an offer from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority because of a shortfall in their pension fund and disagreements on some work rule issues.

The strike means all buses, subways and trolleys in Philadelphia and on the Frontier line in Bucks and Montgomery counties stopped running at 3 a.m.

Concern about crowds converging in downtown Philadelphia for the World Series surfaced in talks over the weekend and workers agreed to stave off the strike. But not long after the last out in Game 5 and the series heading back to New York, Local 234 went on the picket line.

The transit authority urged riders to check its Web site for contingency plans.

(Source: CNN)

One Response

  1. Almost perfect timing vis a vis the World Series Games. But that would take real intestinal fortitude for a union boss to pull off.


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