Governor asks US to help end Philly transit strike
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.”