Union offers binding arbitration to SEPTA

PHILADELPHIA - November 6, 2009

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If SEPTA accepts the offer, that would likely mean the end of the strike.

The comes just hours after Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the city was looking at a possible court injunction to get the striking members of TWU Local 234 back to work. Nutter even said they may use the public health emergency created by the swine flu outbreak as a possible avenue.

Early in the morning, it appeared there was a deal after a meeting between the union and Gov. Ed Rendell, but the union later rejected it.

Rendell said that offer included raises of of 11.5% over five years, but would front load the contract with the bulk of the raise.

No more paychecks

Striking SEPTA employees received their last paychecks on Friday.

There is no strike pay, so they will have no more money coming in from SEPTA until the strike is over. The Union workers do not have strike pay.

TWU Local 234 represents about 5,000 SEPTA bus drivers, subway and trolley operators and mechanics.

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