Obama Ends Philadelphia SEPTA Regional Rail Strike


President Obama signed an executive order on Saturday that quickly ended Philadelphia’s regional rail strike. Train engineers will be sent back to their positions while negotiations continue under the guidance of an emergency mediation board.

Governor Corbett turned to President Obama for help claiming the city and surrounding area depends on SEPTA regional rails for transportation to jobs, doctor appointments, and school. The strike could drastically affect the economy and daily lives of the thousands who reside in the Philadelphia tri-state area. Service on the regional lines should be back to normal by Monday June 16. 400 Septa workers went on strike at 12:01 June 14. Obama intervened on Saturday late afternoon and will give the board 30 days to come up with a resolution.

The union agreed to the intervention but will continue to seek a change in pay that includes raises of around 14.5 percent over a five-year period. Union officials feel the request is reasonable but is more than SEPTA’s offer. Obama’s executive order has gotten SEPTA’s regional rails running again, but the negotiations continue. The rails were down for a short period, but still impacted on the city. 13 train lines were affected including; commuter trains to Philadelphia International Airport, New Jersey and Pennsylvania suburbs.

By Christina Thompson


4 Responses to "Obama Ends Philadelphia SEPTA Regional Rail Strike"

  1. Daniel   July 21, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Ya know, to take away labors ability to seriously disrupt daily life with a strike is to completely declaw the kitty…that’s the whole point of a strike after all. Heck, it’s the whole point behind unionization, to act collectively in order to have an effective counterweight to the interests of business. No strike, no pain=screwed labor. The Executive Branch should stay out of it and let Labor represent its own interest in its own manner. So long as there is no violence, there is no need to intervene. That’s just me though.

  2. Rick   June 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Good article. The concern troll worrying about the picture is the worst part.

  3. David Dillard   June 14, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Why would an article about the settlement of a commuter train strike show a picture of retired and long gone SEPTA Neoplan buses???

    • Christina.T   June 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      I opted for something with the Septa logo due to time constraints for a breaking news article and lack of non-copyrighted photo’s available. I hope you were able to get past the picture and found the article interesting.


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