Thanks to the Center City traffic this morning, there was plenty of time to ponder what should be done about the strike by Transport Workers Union Local 234, which is largely the cause of all the Center City traffic this morning.
Here are some thoughts:
1) Mayor Nutter should get the buses, subways and trolleys running. I'm guessing there are plenty of people who would be willing to work for the current level of salary and benefits that SEPTA workers enjoy. Most could probably step into the positions without too much training, although developing the disdain toward customers that some transit workers have perfected might take a little longer.
2) As for the deal that SEPTA workers rejected -- described as "sensational" by Gov. Rendell in this morning's Inquirer article -- make it a little less sweet. For example, for each day of the strike, drop the proposed salary increase by 1 percent, increase the worker contribution for health benefits and pension by 3 percent, and cut the offered signing bonus by $400. Rendell was quoted as saying that union leaders rejected a $1,250 signing bonus, a 2.5 percent raise in the second year of the deal, and a 3 percent raise in each of the next three years. Not bad considering the economic times.