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Septa on Strike and why the union is wrong on this one


Well it's official. Septa went on strike at 3:00 AM on Tuesday November 3rd. 

Both the city and the union should be ashamed that things have come to this because it leaves 1 million plus riders in a bind, who now more than ever desperately need Septa to get to and from work.

The union claims the city gave them the cold shoulder once the Phillies games were played.

Rendell and Nutter claim they're offering the union a robust contract. One that gives employees a 10% cost of living increase over 5 years.

And, what it all means is that no buses, trolleys, or subways will be running until both sides can reach an accord.

This appears to be a bitter situation and one that will take a while to resolve. The union has been working without a contract since March and the city did little to nothing to resolve the issue until the World Series arrived.

The union on the other hand has their heads up their you know what if they expect to get substantial wage increases in a time like this when unemployment is closing in on 10% nationwide. 

This marks the third Septa strike in 11 years and it could be the longest one since the one in '98 that was 40 days.

And of course the 1 million citizens who depend on mass transit are the victims in this ordeal.

Governor Rendell and Mayor Nutter need to stop peacocking for the media and get the job done at the negotiating table. And, the union needs to accept that their timing on this new contract is bad. Sometimes it happens. Had their contract come up in 2007 before this horrid recession started then they would've gotten robust wage increases and wouldn't see their health benefits erode like the rest of America.

Wake up and smell the coffee Septa-most working people are making less money this year, working less hours (if they're lucky to have a job), and receiving worse medical benefits every year. It's a fact of life until we have a Public Option. But, that's another story for another time.

With that said, they need to accept that this contract will be less than desirable, but at least they have jobs and won't join the ranks of the growing class of unemployed workers.