This coming Friday, SEPTA officials and union representatives will meet with a federal mediator to attempt to avert a commuter rail strike. SEPTA’s locomotive engineers and railroad electrical workers, represented by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, have vowed to strike at midnight Friday. The strike threat comes after SEPTA set terms and conditions of employment in order to settle the long-running dispute.
Union employees have been working without a contract since 2009. Of note, Governor Tom Corbett has stated that he is prepared to ask for President Obama’s help if the workers walk off the job. If he so chooses, the President could convene an emergency board to mediate the dispute, which would require the sides to continue working under current contract terms for up to 8 months.
More on this story can be found here:
- SEPTA strike likely, says union-Philadelphia Business Journal
- SEPTA strike looms amid contract talks-Delaware County Daily Times
- SEPTA braces for regional rail strike-RailwayAge Magazine