Saturday, February 28, 2015

The strike is over: Did any of the arguments sway you?

As you've no doubt heard by now, the SEPTA strike came to an end in the middle of the night.

The strike is over: Did any of the arguments sway you?

As you've no doubt heard by now, the SEPTA strike came to an end in the middle of the night.

Here's what we're curious about: This strike lasted six days. There was a lot of back-and-forth between the two sides, including several false alarms of settlements, proclamations that the union was rejecting excellent offers given economic circumstances, a request by the union for binding arbitration (declined by SEPTA) and for a forensic audit of its pension fund, to ensure its health.

As you followed these events, did your opinion -- over who was at fault or what would constitute a reasonable offer -- ever change? Was it persuasive, for instance, when union prez Willie Brown claimed that his members deserve a good contract because this is a good financial time for mass transit? Or when SEPTA attributed the 52 percent funding level of the TWU's pension fund to the stock market crash?

Tell us in comments.

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