SEPTA Transit Police on Strike

septa1SEPTA Transit Police—those guys who give you the $75 tickets when you forget to put your rail sodas in brown bags—began striking at 2 p.m. today. Last we heard about this, the strike was simply in “threat” form over having worked under the same contract that ended April 1, 2011. The union wanted a 24 percent wage hike, though were set to accept an 11.5 percent hike, instead.

Negotiations began again this month, between the Authority and the Fraternal Order of Transit Police, broke down this afternoon at 1:40 p.m., and the strike began at 2 p.m. According to CBS Philly:

“We were given 20 minutes’ notice that they were going to go on strike,” says Septa spokesman Richard Maloney.  “Considering the security of the Septa system of Philadelphia, we don’t think that was fair warning.”

Supervisors on patrol and the Philadelphia Police Department have been made aware of the strike, so don’t go neglecting your paper bags just yet. Also according to CBS, the sticking point of contention is pensions. The Metro reports a SEPTA press conference will take place at 4 p.m. and union presser is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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