TWU strikes, shutting down large portions of Philly’s SEPTA system

TWU strikes, shutting down large portions of Philly’s SEPTA system

The 4,700 members of Transport Workers Union Local 234 in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation’s (SEPTA) City Transit Division went on strike on November 1, 2016, after once-promising talks for a new contract stalled over pension benefit changes.

 

With both Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines affected along with SEPTA buses and trolley services throughout Philadelphia, estimates put the impact at reaching nearly 400,000 riders that use the SEPTA services throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Calls to avoid SEPTA shutdown due to TWA strike increase

Calls to avoid SEPTA shutdown due to TWA strike increase

Calls mounted Monday for parties at the negotiating table to work toward avoiding strike that could shut down portions of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority as soon as November 1.

 

Estimates have the projected impact reaching 400,000 riders that use SEPTA services throughout the southeastern part of the Commonwealth.

Monday, October 31, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Gov. Wolf nominates Estelle Richman to School Reform Commission

Gov. Wolf nominates Estelle Richman to School Reform Commission

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday he intends to nominate Estelle Richman to the School Reform Commission.

 

Richman, a former Secretary of the Department of Public Welfare (now Human Services) under Gov. Ed Rendell, also recently served as a special advisor to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Friday, October 28, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia Mayor Kenney signs executive order banning gifts from lobbyists to city employees

Philadelphia Mayor Kenney signs executive order banning gifts from lobbyists to city employees

In a step that he hopes will help restore public trust in government employees, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday that he has signed an executive order expanding and clarifying rules related to gifts that can be accepted by city employees.

 

Chief among the changes is, for the first time in city history, a ban on city employees receiving gifts from registered lobbyists.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia expands prevailing wage requirements

Philadelphia expands prevailing wage requirements

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law Thursday a bill that would expand the city’s prevailing wage ordinance to include service workers at universities, hospitals, stadiums, the Convention Center and other publicly-subsidized institutions.

 

Prevailing wage requirements mandate any corporation or non-profit that receives a subsidy from the city or a city-related agency to pay the going rate for wages and benefits to those they hire that are subject to prevailing wage requirements as outlined by the city.

Friday, October 21, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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