This is the reason for the SEPTA strike???

Posted November 3rd, 2009. Filed under Uncategorized

Concerning the SEPTA strike (in the middle of which I unexpectedly find myself):

According to a source close to the negotiations, the union was willing to accept SEPTA’s economic package of raises totaling 11 percent over five years with zero increase and a $1,250 signing bonus in the first year, a 120 percent (six percntage points, from 5 to 11 percent) in contributions to the employee pension fund, and no increase in employee contributions to the healthcare plan. The main sticking point, the source said, was proposed changes in longstanding work rules that allow maintenance employees to pick the equipment they will work on based on seniority.

So, wait…  300,000 commuters and daily riders have no reasonable way to get around America’s 6th most populous city because SEPTA wants the dudes that have been maintenance workers for 6 years to have the right to make the dudes that have been maintenance workers for 4 years fix the toilets?  Am I reading that right? They’ve agreed on the money but have gone on strike over this?

One Response so far

  1. I hope that’s just been exaggerated… but I sincerely doubt it.
    .-= Andrew Conkling´s last blog ..One of me for a change =-.

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