Unionized labor may have its downsides, but the steady decline of union membership has been disastrous for American workers, including Pennsylvanians. That's one reason the TWU deserves your backing.
If the Guild does go on strike, the support of the other unions would be critical, notably that of drivers who could disrupt newspaper distribution even if management publishes papers.
Shorter Philadelphia dailies: "Our pensions are important, yours are not".
Our local papers should be ashamed of themselves. Instead of educating the public about the issues at stake, local media are going out of their way to pit riders against the transit workers, pitching a one-sided story that favors management. They're openly trying to bust the union. Way to encourage working people to advocate against their own interests.
Instead of bemoaning those awful grabby transit workers who want their pension plan fully funded (how dare they?) and want an actual contract after six months on the job without one (the outrage!), why not do some of that angry finger-pointing at SEPTA management, which isn't fully funding its employees' pension?
And more to the point, I'd like to see every unionized reporter and columnist in this city that's complained about the TWU to walk their talk. All I've seen any of you do is bitch that the unions are too greedy. Well, back it up: quit your union if you think strikes and organized labor are so bad for the city.
But pardon me if I don't hold my breath waiting.
Here's the lamest thing in the world: When somebody calls a protest and the protesters end up outnumbered by A) the journalists who show up to cover the protest, B) the cops who show up to make sure things don't get out of hand, or C) both.
Will Philadelphians show up to express their anger over the SEPTA strike?
Plus: A trans woman files suit against the library. And area parents are worried the flu vaccine will hurt their kids.
I am the wife of a “cashier” and I did not appreciate your article. This job is not an easy one. They have to deal with ignorant people everyday. No matter how polite they are to the customers, the customers are never happy with the answers.
Probably light political blogging here today, folks. Trying to stay abreast of developments in the SEPTA strike for PW’s main website.
Like I’ve often said, SEPTA’s service is usually so crappy that it seems like they’re on strike even when they’re not. But now that Philly’s transit system is truly crippled — and for who knows how long — we hope you’re able to get where you need to go.
At least they waited until after the World Series home games were over. But the surprise strike by the Transport Workers Union caught Philly commuters off-guard -- and presented Mayor Michael Nutter with yet another crisis to solve.
Here’s a prediction for Game 3 of the World Series: The Transport Workers Union will win another round of labor negotiations with SEPTA and baseball fans will be able to take public transportation to the park. But will taxpayers win?
For commuters, the denial meant lost work hours, missed school days, and a status quo of disruption. TWU chief Willie Brown, obstinate as a toddler, was absolutely correct: there was little reason not to hate him.
Also: Cowboys beat the Eagles. And flu shots are available today.
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