Regional Rail Service Resumes After Brief Strike

President Obama on Saturday signed an executive order appointing an emergency board to mediate the labor dispute.

SEPTA's Regional Rail employees showed up for work Sunday morning, ending a brief strike. As of Sunday, Regional Rail service has resumed normal operation, SEPTA announced.

The strike ended just a day after it began due to intervention from the federal government. President Obama on Saturday signed an executive order appointing an emergency board to mediate the labor dispute.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Governor Corbett asked Obama to get involved and appoint the emergency board, requiring SEPTA's Regional Rail employees to return to work.

The short-lived strike went into effect 12:01 a.m. Saturday. More than 400 workers participated in the strike, halting service on the 13 Regional Rail lines for a day.

Regional Rail employees want a 14.5 percent raise over five years, which is about 3 percentage points more than SEPTA has offered, 6 ABC reported.


Rich June 15, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Why is a request for a 2.9% per year COLA wrong? Corbett and O'Bama are both very wrong on this. I am not affiliated wityh SEPTA in any way.
Gary Freiberger June 16, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Obama has nothing else to do?
Jordan June 17, 2014 at 08:23 AM
This is a long standing law and part of the whole contract process for railroad workers. If this had happened in any city, the governor of that state and president at the time would have done the same thing. The people who are using this to attack Corbett or Obama are just ridiculous.


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