Also: Cowboys beat the Eagles. And flu shots are available today.
3 things to know in Philadelphia today:
• SEPTA STRIKE ENDS; TRANSIT BACK TO RUNNING THIS MORNING: After the collapse of Friday's agreement, Rendell had threatened to withdraw nearly $7 million in state funds to pay for bonuses of $1250 per worker. By signing the pact, the TWU, which represents 5,100 drivers, operators and mechanics, preserved the bonuses. The five-year contract also calls for a 2.5 percent raise in the second year, and a 3 percent raise in each of the final three years. It increases workers' contributions to the pension fund from the current 2 percent to 3 percent and increased the maximum pension to $30,000 a year from the current $27,000 a year. The strike ended much as it started: in the middle of the night with many in the city unaware of what would await them in the morning. (Inquirer)
• COWBOYS BEAT THE EAGLES: Tony Romo threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin midway through the fourth quarter and Dallas beat the Philadelphia Eagles 20-16 Sunday night in the 100th meeting between the division rivals. "It was a great team effort and team win," Romo said. The Eagles fell to 5-3 while the New York Giants are 5-4 after a 5-0 start. Donovan McNabb was shaky after a strong performance in a 40-17 rout of the Giants last week. McNabb threw for 227 yards, one TD and was intercepted twice for the first time this season. (Associated Press)
• FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE: More than two dozen swine flu vaccine clinics are slated to open today around Philadelphia Residents who are members of all vaccine priority groups can walk in without an appointment during scheduled hours for a free shot. Hours and locations for the city clinics - as well as others in suburban counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey - are posted at http://go.philly.com/flu/ The priority groups are: pregnant women; everyone age 6 months to 24 years; household contacts or caretakers of infants under 6 months; people ages 25 to 65 with significant medical conditions such asthma, cancer or diabetes; and healthcare or EMS workers with direct patient contact.
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.
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.
Mike Zappone, who works at SEPTA's 69th St Terminal, says that there is widespread concern among union members that their pension money has been misappropriated and calls the dental issue a diversion. “On the news they’re talking about a dental plan? We haven’t heard about dental the whole time.”