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Septa and Union At Odds, Possible Strike Friday before Phillies host World Series


This week Philadelphia and New York are going head to head as the Phillies and Yankees are set to meet in the World Series for the first time since 1950.  Turns out Philadelphia has another battle on its hands. 
Septa employees who operate subway cars, buses, and trolleys have authorized a strike and are ready to pull out their trump card, just in time for the World Series.

They have been working without a contract since March and are ready to go on strike this Friday if their demands aren't met.
Of course, the Phillies will host game 3 of the World Series on Saturday.  The timing couldn't be better.
This would create havoc in the city when they can least afford it.  Not to mention it could potentially turn off many people who would otherwise go down to the Stadium Complex just to hang out and tailgate.  An estimated 8,000 fans will rely upon the subway for transportation to and from the stadium.
Granted I think Septa should have had this resolved months ago, but it's pretty disgraceful for the union to pull out this card after being ok with not having a contract for over seven months.
Ultimately the city deserves a lot of blame.  Mayor Nutter was allegedly concerned about the strike back in March! How concerned was he in April? Or May? Or even September?
The Mayor was preoccupied with the budget crises in the city throughout the summer and fall, but is that a reason to ignore something as important as public transportation?
Thousands of people rely upon the subway system to not just get to school, but also for work.  And, more people now are reliant upon public transportation due to the tough economy, when it's becoming more of a privilage to just drive a car these days. 
Now that the World Series is upon us the city will get the message, but it shouldn't have come to this. 
The bottom line is that citizens shouldn't be the second fiddle to anything let alone the World Series.  By ignoring the labor talks, the citizens in effect have been ignored.  Ah, business as usual in Philadelphia.
Unfortunately for Philadelphia, the words "Septa" and "Strike" have become synoymous as we've seen strikes in 1998 and 2005.  The strike in 1998 lasted 40 days.  And, the one in 2005 lasted 7 days. 
Septa and the union are at odds this time over wages, pension benefits, and job security. 
The bottom line is we're in a difficult time in this country and the union should get it through their heads that we all have to make sacrifices when there's an unemployment level reaching 10% nationwide.  Less people are working, thus less people are spending money, and it impacts us everywhere. 
To ask for more money at this juncture is assanine when millions of people are taking paycuts just to keep their jobs.
Still no deal. 
Should the strike go down on Friday expect no buses, trolleys, or subways to be operating for the time being.  4,700 workers in all are set to walk out.

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