TWU: We want binding arbitration

Some late-breaking news on the SEPTA strike.

Union President Willie Brown just announced that the strike would end if SEPTA submitted to a binding arbitration process.

We’ve written about the pros and cons of binding arbitration before, but basically, the two sides would submit their competing proposals to a panel of arbiters who would decide on a contract.

Councilmen Bill Green and Curtis Jones threw their support behind the idea. Green told the Inquirer, “we're trying to come up with ways to get this resolved and let people get to and from work."

In a Radio Times interview this morning, Gov. Rendell said that SEPTA had agreed to certain measures that wouldn’t cost a lot of money — such as agreeing to cover cost increases in a dental plan — but was unwilling to put down any more serious cash.

No word yet on SEPTA’s response.

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