The strike is over but the details aren’t public yet.
We do know that the transit police can expect an 11.5% raise over 5 years and a nice $1250 bonus.
But the question remains, did the transit police get their 50 cents/hr raise for “certification” pay or did they agree to SEPTA’s offer of 15 cents/hr?
As SEPTA’s 219 unionized police officers continue to bargain with SEPTA management, the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that they’re only 35 cents per hour apart. Time to split it down the middle and call it a contract?
In the meantime, Philly cops, SEPTA police management, and private rent-a-cops are covering. Where’s the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) on this? They’re asking their members not to volunteer to do overtime, but permitting them to cover SEPTA police shifts. As a union man myself, I’m surprised the FOP is crossing the picket line. Then again, I haven’t seen too many SEPTA cops visibly walking the line.
All in all: a pretty tepid strike over–if the media is to be believed–pretty small potatoes.
Meanwhile, Philly cops nabbed an alleged bad guy on the El tracks near City Hall during Thursday’s evening rush.
More than 200 SEPTA Transit Police officers went on strike at 2 pm today.
Philadelphia Police Department will respond to any criminal activity on buses, trains, or trolleys. We will follow up with additional information as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Here’s SEPTA’s statement on the strike. Excerpt:
We have an agreement with the Philadelphia Police Department to immediately begin periodic checks of our stations and vehicles 24 hours a day, with an increase presence at our key stations during school dismissal between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm and during rush hour.