Philly transit police move closer to strike

June 8, 2008 9:48:19 AM PDT
Transit police in Philadelphia have moved a step closer to a possible strike. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority rejected the police union's request for binding arbitration in a long-running contract dispute.

Now, the police say a strike is possible in a week to 10 days. They held an emergency meeting on Saturday.

About 200 police officers who patrol the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines want the same pay as officers in the Philadelphia Police Department. Those officers start at about $39,000 a year, compared to $30,752 for a SEPTA officer.

The officers' last contract expired nearly three years ago and was extended a year. If there is a strike, SEPTA says it will rely on private security guards and Philadelphia police.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,