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Obama intervenes in Philly rail strike

June 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama on Saturday intervened in a commuter rail strike in the nation’s sixth-largest metropolitan area, granting Pennsylvania Gov....

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Nobody

Jun-15-14 8:03 PM

EugeneKrabs85: "Just replace them all. Greed for the unions is the only thing here."

I agree with you, Gene.

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EugeneKrabs85

Jun-15-14 10:31 AM

Just replace them all. Greed for the unions is the only thing here.

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USABorn

Jun-15-14 10:21 AM

Two major objections to the SEPTA offer: They want the raises to be retroactive to the expiration of their last contracts, and they want an additional 3 percent raise, which Those increases would have given electrical workers a raise of 11.5 percent Sunday, and the engineers would have gotten a 5 percent raise Sunday and an additional 3.5 percent raise July 6, SEPTA said.

Looks like big case of union greed! What else is new?

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USABorn

Jun-15-14 10:18 AM

The raises were based on the pattern established by the contract settlement in 2009 with SEPTA bus drivers and subway operators represented by Transport Workers Union Local 234.

Those increases would have given electrical workers a raise of 11.5 percent Sunday, and the engineers would have gotten a 5 percent raise Sunday and an additional 3.5 percent raise July 6, SEPTA said.

Wages for electrical workers would have increased by about $3 to $29.50 an hour, on average. Electrical workers on average earn $55,120 a year, not counting overtime. The top wage rate for engineers would have increased by $2.64 per hour, to about $32.50 an hour. Engineers, who typically work six-day weeks, now earn an average of $95,290 a year, SEPTA said.

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CaveFelem

Jun-15-14 6:28 AM

Philly dot com has an article about this, and lays out the current wage structure, and why the union is on strike.

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