March 1, 2015

SEPTA rail members ratify agreement

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SMART Transportation Division Local 61 members working at Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority recently ratified a new agreement governing the rates of pay and working conditions of conductors and assistant conductors on the regional commuter railroad. With nearly 79 percent of eligible members casting ballots, a vast majority of those voting – 87 percent – approved [...]

Several injured in three SEPTA bus crashes

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Philadelphia police are investigating three separate accidents involving SEPTA buses in Philadelphia. The first happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 on Vine St. near 8th. Read the complete story at television station WPVI.

Bus employers ask to have hours of service law cut

SEPTA and Port Authority employers are awaiting a decision to be made by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) on whether or not they can continue to ignore state law and keep drivers on the clock for shifts lasting up to 18 hours. SEPTA drivers can work up to 30 hours within a two-day period. Pennsylvania [...]

Conductors reach tentative pact with SEPTA

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The SMART Transportation Division (UTU) general committee of adjustment representing conductors and assistant conductors employed by Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has reached a tentative contract with the commuter railroad. The agreement calls for wage increases totaling 11.5 percent over the five-year life of the contract that are similar to increases the carrier agreed to [...]

Death by rail: For crew, healing takes time

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Suicide by rail is no stranger to operators of steel-wheel trollies on Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Victory Division in suburban Philadelphia. UTU-represented members of this SEPTA property recall having to plead with management to replace the front facing of a trolley displaying a macabre embedded facial image of a man who chose to end his [...]