Philly rail strike over: Obama intervenes

A strike by about 400 workers of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) ended early Sunday morning when President Obama intervened by granting a request from Pennsyylvania Governor Tom Corbett to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the dispute. Associated Press: Obama on Saturday granted Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the contract dispute, forcing the 400 union workers to go back. Obama ordered the establishment of the three-member board effective at 12:01 a.m. Sunday and called for "a swift and smooth resolution." The last regional rail strike, in 1983, lasted more than three months. Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen vice president Stephen Bruno said his union's members were complying with the order to be back on duty at 12:01 a.m. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers president Terry Gallagher said Obama's intervention was...(Read Full Post)