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President Obama intervenes to end Philadelphia transit strike

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 01:02

June 15 - President Obama intervenes to end a Philadelphia transit strike and sets up an emergency board to force the two sides to negotiate. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Get back to work. That was President Obama's order to striking transportation workers in Philadelphia on Saturday night. The move came just ours after nearly 450 workers, who operate the trains that connect Philadelphia to the suburbs, walked off the job. Republican Governor Tom Corbett had asked Obama to intervene. He wanted the president to set up an emergency board to force the two sides back to the negotiating table. Union rep Arthur Davidson says they'll comply with the president's mandate. SOUNDBITE: ARTHUR DAVIDSON, IBEW LOCAL 98, SAYING: "We will be given the opportunity to present our best case to the presidential emergency board." The workers have gone without a contract since 2009. The main sticking points in talks are wages and pension benefits. The brief strike didn't involve Philadelphia's subways and buses. But nearly 50,000 riders use the affected rail lines on a typical Saturday. Still, the strike could have been more disruptive if it continued into Monday, when many more suburban riders trying to get into the city.

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President Obama intervenes to end Philadelphia transit strike

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 01:02