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October 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
There won't be a SEPTA rail strike on Oct. 13. But there might be one on Feb. 10. And that could coincide with a possible strike by bus, subway, and trolley workers, shutting down the entire SEPTA system. SEPTA officials said Friday that they will ask for a second 120-day presidential emergency board to mediate the Regional Rail labor dispute when the current board's term expires at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 13, if no settlement is reached by then. Under the federal Railway Labor Act, that would compel locomotive engineers and SEPTA to continue to operate as normal until the end of the 120 days, on Feb. 10. SEPTA's 220 locomotive engineers and 215 railroad electrical workers went on a one-day strike on June 14, before President Obama appointed the first presidential board at Gov. Corbett's request.
NEWS
August 30, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Budweiser Made in America music festival will again shine an international spotlight on Philadelphia - and bring the usual street closures and traffic detours in Center City through the Labor Day weekend. SEPTA will respond by increasing service on its Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines as well as Regional Rail service to accommodate the influx of people attending the two-day event along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Nearly 50 acts will perform on four stages, including Kanye West on Saturday night and Pharrell Williams and Kings of Leon on Sunday night.
NEWS
August 20, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a move to ease the threat of a commuter rail strike, SEPTA's board on Monday delegated its authority to approve new labor contracts to board Chairman Pasquale T. "Pat" Deon Sr. Deon was authorized to sign a new pact with Regional Rail electrical workers if the 215 workers ratify the contract in balloting that is now underway. That would allow the workers to get their raises before the next scheduled SEPTA board meeting at the end of September. No deal has been reached with Regional Rail locomotive engineers, however, so the possibility of a commuter rail strike remains.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A TENTATIVE DEAL has been reached between SEPTA and one of the Regional Rail unions with which it's been locked in a long labor dispute, officials said yesterday. Representatives from the transit authority and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers agreed yesterday to the terms of a new labor contract, said Arthur Davidson, the general chairman of the union's System Council No. 7. With the contract approved by union leadership, the next step is for it to be ratified by IBEW's 220 members, who will be voting for the next two weeks on the matter, Davidson said.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
A presidential panel's endorsement of SEPTA's reasonable offers to two unions should be the last stop for a suspended strike that threatens to bring suburban lines to a needless standstill. Much of the public was no doubt nonplussed by the one-day Regional Rail strike last month, which came in response to SEPTA's decision to "impose" raises of as much as 11.5 percent on engineers and electrical workers after years of stalemate. Now a board of experienced arbitrators appointed by a Democratic president has reached the same conclusion that many American workers would: The raises were a generous imposition indeed.
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
IN ITS REPORT filed yesterday, a board called by President Obama to end a years-long labor dispute sided with SEPTA on raises and pension-plan contributions - two major sticking points behind a one-day Regional Rail strike last month. "We are pleased with the results of the report," said Jerri Williams, a SEPTA spokeswoman. "It's what we've been trying to explain in negotiations with the unions for a number of years. " The board recommends that the wage increases paid out to the members of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers should be the same (11.5 percent)
NEWS
July 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A panel appointed by President Obama sided with SEPTA management Monday on most of the issues in its long-running labor dispute with Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers. The presidential emergency board, whose recommendations are not binding, said the rail workers should get the same 11.5 percent raises negotiated in a five-year contract in 2009 by bus drivers and subway operators. The railroad workers are not entitled to retroactive raises or an additional increase based on a pension boost received by the bus drivers' union, the board said.
NEWS
June 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
SEPTA's Regional Rail lines are once again rolling, thanks to a little help from the White House. The strike that shuttered the transit authority's rail lines ended yesterday after a single day, thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama at the request of Gov. Corbett. In light of that, all Regional Rail workers showed up for their morning shifts yesterday, and the lines were officially back in action for the 60,000 people they serve daily, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
NEWS
June 16, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Aubrey Whelan, Claudia Vargas, and Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writers
Updated Sunday, 6 a.m.  Regional Rail service is back; all workers scheduled for the Sunday morning shift showed up, says Jerri Williams, SEPTA spokeswoman. Previous story: President Obama signed an executive order Saturday evening, appointing an emergency board to mediate the SEPTA labor dispute, thus averting a lengthy strike. All 13 SEPTA Regional Rail lines should be back to normal operating schedules Sunday morning, transit agency spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
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