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Commuter chaos as Philadelphia transit workers strike

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:03

Philadelphia authorities are warning of commuter chaos Tuesday, as public transportation workers strike over unresolved grievances with the city. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Thousands of Philadelphia bus riders were left to their own devices, Tuesday morning, as nearly 5000 public transportation workers went on strike. It began at midnight after the drivers' union failed to reach a contract agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT OF THE TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION LOCAL 234, WILLIE BROWN, SAYING: "We have economic issues as far as pensions. You have the healthcare. You also have things, like I said, driver fatigue. We need to do something to not have operators run down the street half asleep. Most people work 9 to 5, you get adequate time to rest, our people don't do that. We have to fight for our rights." The strike has shut down bus and most trolley routes in Philadelphia. But the union says after two years of talking, it's time to act The transit system provides almost one million rides a day. City officials are warning commuters to prepare for a difficult day.

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Commuter chaos as Philadelphia transit workers strike

Tuesday, November 01, 2016 - 01:03