Gover­nor asks US to help end Philly tran­sit strike

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

PHILADEL­PHIA (AP) — Gov. Tom Cor­bett asked Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on Satur­day to in­ter­vene in a com­muter rail strike in the na­tion’s sixth-largest met­ro­pol­i­tan area and force union work­ers to re­turn to their jobs.

The Repub­li­can gover­nor said he wants Obama to ap­point an emer­gency board to me­di­ate the con­tract dis­pute be­tween the South­east Penn­syl­va­nia Trans­porta­tion Author­ity and its en­gi­neers and elec­tri­cians unions. Four hun­dred work­ers went on strike at mid­night.

“The people of Philadel­phia and the sur­round­ing re­gion ex­pect and de­serve a safe and ef­fi­cient rail sys­tem to get them to work, med­i­cal ap­point­ments, school, and re­cre­ation,” Cor­bett said in a state­ment. “I call on both par­ties to work to­gether, find com­mon ground and place the rid­ers at the fore­front of mind in their dis­cus­sions.”

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