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June 11, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers returned Friday to a South Philadelphia factory after walking off the job on Thursday to protest a lack of water and air conditioning. About 50 to 60 employees left the Hyundai-Rotem USA Corp. factory at noon Thursday, 31/2 hours before the end of their shift, workers said. The factory is assembling Silverliner V rail cars for SEPTA, and workers have been involved in a long and acrimonious effort to reach agreement with the company on a union contract. Workers said they complained to managers on Thursday morning about a lack of cold water and fans, and about a broken air conditioner in the employee lunchroom on a day when outdoor temperatures approached 100 degrees.
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June 10, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Workers returned Friday to a South Philadelphia factory after walking off the job on Thursday to protest a lack of water and air-conditioning. About 50 to 60 employees left the Hyundai-Rotem USA Corp. factory at noon Thursday, 31/2 hours before the end of their shift, workers said. The factory is assembling Silverliner V rail cars for SEPTA, and workers have been involved in a long and acrimonious effort to reach agreement with the company on a union contract. Workers said they complained to managers on Thursday morning about a lack of cold water and fans, and about a broken air conditioner in the employee lunchroom on a day when outdoor temperatures approached 100 degrees.
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February 28, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The South Philadelphia factory that has fallen far behind schedule in building 117 SEPTA railcars is beset by material shortages, design flaws, inadequate equipment, and culture clashes and poor communication between Korean managers and American workers, according to interviews with workers and complaints filed with the National Labor Relations Board. African American, Hispanic, and female workers say they are frequently disparaged as inferior by their Korean managers. Some managers have slapped employees, workers say, and a male employee says he repeatedly was grabbed in the crotch by supervisors.
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August 9, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The union representing railcar-assembly workers at a South Philadelphia factory has won reinstatement and back pay for nine fired workers as well as more time to negotiate a labor contract with the manufacturer. The National Labor Relations Board approved a settlement of unfair-labor-practice charges against Hyundai Rotem USA Corp. and TTA Philadelphia L.L.C. The charges were brought by Transport Workers Union Local 234. Hyundai's workers are assembling Silverliner V railcars for SEPTA in South Philadelphia, and the South Korean company has fallen far behind schedule in delivery of the new cars.
NEWS
August 10, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The union representing railcar-assembly workers at a South Philadelphia factory has won reinstatement and back pay for nine fired workers as well as more time to negotiate a labor contract with the manufacturer. The National Labor Relations Board approved a settlement of unfair-labor-practice charges against Hyundai Rotem USA Corp. and TTA Philadelphia L.L.C. The charges were brought by Transport Workers Union Local 234. Hyundai's workers are assembling Silverliner V railcars for SEPTA in South Philadelphia, and the South Korean company has fallen far behind schedule in delivery of the cars.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fed up with what it describes as lengthy production delays and shoddy workmanship, Boston's transit authority is threatening to cancel its $190 million contract for 75 commuter railcars being assembled at a South Philadelphia factory. The complaints about Hyundai Rotem Corp. are similar to those raised over the last several years by SEPTA, which is still waiting for delivery of the final three of 120 Silverliner V cars ordered in 2006. "This seriously troubled procurement is at a point of crisis," said Jonathan R. Davis, chief financial officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, in a letter to Hyundai Rotem's new chief executive, Kyu-Hwan Han, in South Korea.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA is still waiting for its last seven rail cars from Hyundai Rotem Co., the South Korean manufacturer that is assembling the Silverliner V cars at a South Philadelphia factory. Hyundai Rotem, a subsidiary of the Hyundai automaker, is two years behind in completing delivery of 120 railcars ordered by SEPTA in 2006, and it faces millions of dollars in penalties. So far, SEPTA has received 113 of the cars, and 108 are in service on SEPTA routes. Five of the 113 are still being tested by SEPTA workers.
NEWS
May 24, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The delivery of SEPTA's new Silverliner V railcars continues to lag because of production problems, and the manufacturer says the last of the 120 new cars won't be ready for more than a year. So far, manufacturer Hyundai Rotem Co. has delivered 19 of the cars, and two more were expected to be delivered Monday. Twelve of the new Silverliner V cars are operating regularly in SEPTA passenger service, in two six-car trains. Four of the new cars are being tested by SEPTA, and three are being used to train SEPTA crews or are undergoing scheduled maintenance, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerria Williams said Monday.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers at a South Philadelphia railcar assembly plant ratified their first union contract with the South Korean manufacturer Saturday. The three-year contract between Hyundai Rotem Co. and Transport Workers Union Local 234 calls for wage increases of 13 to 16 percent, a signing bonus of 3 percent, reduced worker costs for health insurance, creation of a 401(k) retirement account with an employer contribution, increases in paid sick and personal days, and changes in work rules.
NEWS
December 12, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Workers at a South Philadelphia railcar assembly plant ratified their first union contract with the South Korean manufacturer Saturday. The three-year contract between Hyundai Rotem Co. and Transport Workers Union Local 234 calls for wage increases of 13 to 16 percent, a signing bonus of 3 percent, reduced worker costs for health insurance, creation of a 401(k) retirement account with an employer contribution, increases in paid sick and personal days, and changes in work rules.
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December 20, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA will spend $55.5 million to replace the 120-year-old Crum Creek rail bridge on the busy Media-Elwyn line in Delaware County, after approval by the SEPTA board Thursday. Replacement of the 925-foot-long bridge between Swarthmore and Nether Providence Township, which will require rail commuters to switch to buses for part of the route in 2016, is to begin early next year and be completed by the spring of 2017. The SEPTA board also approved other major spending Thursday, including: $6.6 million to buy 40 new 60-foot buses instead of 40-foot vehicles to accommodate more passengers.
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January 26, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Malfunctioning doors on SEPTA's Regional Rail trains and Market-Frankford subway-elevated cars have plagued riders this week, as snow and ice have crippled their automated operation. On the railroad, the new Silverliner V railcars appear to be especially vulnerable to snow and cold, leaving riders unable to get out at their stops. Snow and ice can short out electric motors or block the tracks on which the doors move, forcing train operators to "cut out" or turn off a door to permit a train to move.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA received its last Silverliner V railcar on Wednesday, completing the long-delayed delivery of 120 new cars purchased in 2006 for $274 million. The total cost, including spare parts and associated training and management, is $330 million. Officials of SEPTA and the South Korean train-builder Hyundai Rotem celebrated the completion of the last car in a ceremony Wednesday morning at the South Philadelphia factory where the cars were assembled. The last railcar was nearly three years late, as production snags - including material delays, design flaws, labor-management disputes, and workmanship problems - put delivery far behind schedule.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2013
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BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fed up with what it describes as lengthy production delays and shoddy workmanship, Boston's transit authority is threatening to cancel its $190 million contract for 75 commuter railcars being assembled at a South Philadelphia factory. The complaints about Hyundai Rotem Corp. are similar to those raised over the last several years by SEPTA, which is still waiting for delivery of the final three of 120 Silverliner V cars ordered in 2006. "This seriously troubled procurement is at a point of crisis," said Jonathan R. Davis, chief financial officer of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, in a letter to Hyundai Rotem's new chief executive, Kyu-Hwan Han, in South Korea.
BUSINESS
October 20, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA is still waiting for its last seven rail cars from Hyundai Rotem Co., the South Korean manufacturer that is assembling the Silverliner V cars at a South Philadelphia factory. Hyundai Rotem, a subsidiary of the Hyundai automaker, is two years behind in completing delivery of 120 railcars ordered by SEPTA in 2006, and it faces millions of dollars in penalties. So far, SEPTA has received 113 of the cars, and 108 are in service on SEPTA routes. Five of the 113 are still being tested by SEPTA workers.
NEWS
September 8, 2012 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEPTA's final group of new Silverliner V railcars won't arrive this month as scheduled, because of a lack of parts. Hyundai Rotem Co., the South Korean manufacturer that is assembling the railcars at a South Philadelphia factory, is two years behind in delivering the 120 new cars and faces millions of dollars in penalties. SEPTA had hoped to get the last of the cars in passenger service this month. SEPTA has received 110 cars, spokeswoman Jerri Williams said Thursday, with five more expected by month's end. But the last five cars won't be delivered until missing parts arrive and are installed, which is likely to be in early October, Williams said.
NEWS
December 13, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Workers at a South Philadelphia railcar assembly plant ratified their first union contract with the South Korean manufacturer Saturday. The three-year contract between Hyundai Rotem Co. and Transport Workers Union Local 234 calls for wage increases of 13 to 16 percent, a signing bonus of 3 percent, reduced worker costs for health insurance, creation of a 401(k) retirement account with an employer contribution, increases in paid sick and personal days, and changes in work rules.
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December 12, 2011 | By Paul Nussbaum, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Workers at a South Philadelphia railcar assembly plant ratified their first union contract with the South Korean manufacturer Saturday. The three-year contract between Hyundai Rotem Co. and Transport Workers Union Local 234 calls for wage increases of 13 to 16 percent, a signing bonus of 3 percent, reduced worker costs for health insurance, creation of a 401(k) retirement account with an employer contribution, increases in paid sick and personal days, and changes in work rules.
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