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Bush Administration-appointed board recommends resolution to SEPTA/UTU dispute


Presidential Emergency Board (PEB) No. 237 recently released recommendations aimed at settling a collective bargaining dispute between Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and 365 United Transportation Union-represented conductors and assistant conductors.

Established April 12, the board was charged with settling a dispute that dates back to February 2002, when UTU requested three consecutive 10 percent wage increases. In June 2002, UTU filed a request for mediation with the National Mediation Board, which in January 2004 recommended SEPTA either unconditionally accept or reject the board’s proposal. SEPTA rejected the arbitration proposal.

Arbitrators Richard Kasher, Robert Peterson and David Twomey recommended SEPTA provide conductors and assistant conductors a 3 percent wage increase effective upon ratification, 3 percent increase effective July 4, 2004, and a 4 percent increase effective July 3, 2005. SEPTA would not have to pay retroactive wage increases.

The board also recommended SEPTA give engineers with more than 10 years of service $1 per-hour longevity pay. Conductors with 10 years of service will receive a 92 cent per-hour longevity pay and another 92 cent per-hour increase after 15 years of service.

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