Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Heron’s Nest: The Daily Numbers for Tuesday, Nov. 1 (SEPTA Strike Edition)

The Daily Numbers: 4,738 union workers on strike against SEPTA’s city division this morning.

12:01 a.m., when workers hit the bricks

0 buses, trolleys and subways operating in city this a.m.

0 runs on the crucial Market Frankford El.

800,000 trips made on city SEPTA service very day.

400,000 riders affected.

60,000 students in the city who depend on SEPTA to get to school.

7 days before the election, with many city residents dependent on SEPTA to get to their polling places.

552 to 600 dollar boost in health care costs being sought by the company for union workers.

50,000 dollar cap in their pension for union workers, while management had no such limit imposed, according to the union.

1.2 billion SEPTA pension plan.

62 percent funded, according to the company.

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Doug Pederson needs to shed his label as Andy Reid Lite. He didn’t help things much with his Sunday night performance against the Cowboys, nor with his explanation the day after on Monday.

I Don’t Get It: I think I just heard the union leader whose workers just walked out, paralyzing the city, say that bathroom breaks were one of the key issues. Honest.

Today’s Upper: Kudos to commuters. Pack your patience today. You’re going to need it.

Quote Box: “At this time discussions have been progressing, however there are still many unresolved issues.”

SEPTA spokeswoman Carla Showell-Lee, earlier in the night before the strike was called.

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