SEPTA STRIKE: The Backlash Has Begun

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Philadelphians are sick and tired of listening to TWU 234 whining over a perfectly good contract and keeping us from getting to work, school, and other commitments. We’re planning to gather this Sunday at 1pm at SEPTA headquarters at 1234 Market Street to tell SEPTA not to back down! We support collective bargaining but will not stand for collective bullying! We would rather go without transit for however long it takes for SEPTA to either negotiate a fair contract with the union that won’t raise fares or replace and retrain all of them.

UPDATE: Gov. Rendell and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady late last night announced a tentative agreement to end the four-day-old transit strike that has paralyzed the region. If approved, as they anticipated, by the SEPTA board and the executive committee of Transport Workers Local 234, buses, subways and trolleys could be running tonight. MORE

UPDATE 2: Governor Ed Rendell says negotiations between Septa and the transport workers union have broken off. Early Saturday evening, Rendell called for members of the city’s largest transit union to vote on a contract proposal presented by Septa. Rendell had announced late Friday night that a tentative agreement has been reached to end the transit strike. But a national spokesman for the transit union early Saturday called the reports “premature.”

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