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On February 19, 1910, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company fired 173 union members to bust a strike by its drivers, leading to a general strike and general uproar against this outrageous unionbusting, culminating in an all-too-rare victory for workers in the early twentieth century. Streetcar workers often had it pretty tough in the Gilded Age, […]

SEPTA Strike Ends

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On November 7, 2016

Everyone who thought that the Philadelphia transit workers union should not use the opportunity to use its leverage to win its contract dispute can now relax. SEPTA settled its dispute with Philadelph

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The Transit Workers Union is on strike in Philadelphia. Their contract expired November 1 and the have many legitimate beefs, including over scheduling and health care. Some are worried that this could impact the presidential election, depressing voter turnout in Philadelphia on Tuesday from those relying on public transportation in that city, i.e., Clinton voters. […]

Seniority

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On August 15, 2013

The Philadelphia school system has decided to use a classic union-busting tactic: destroy seniority provisions: There’s something about seniority that really rubs a lot of people the wrong way.

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