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October 31, 2005



what a mess! i'm glad that i am fortunate enough to be able to get to work, albeit by alternate routes and biking. i can't imagine what all those people without alternatives are going to do.

Jerome Gaskins

Al, are you sure everyone pays the amount for healthcare in SEPTA? Don't they have different plans to choose from? If so, everyone who picks plan a should be paying the same price for it; what's wrong with that? A sliding scale doesn't make sense for people in the same plan; they should all pay the same amount. Remember, an employer is not obligated to pay for health care, and they're stepping away from picking up all of the tab for it now.

As for the sick time issue, it is the result of years of sick leave abuse. It's not good for morale, but Philly's not the most liberal town for labor relations. If you're up to it, check out the Evening Bulletin and Inquirer archives around the '60s and '70s.

The difference in pay scales for new hires is a fact of life for many employees now. It's not gonna change unless the nation straightens up and flies right.

I know I wouldn't like to have to deal with those conditions if I worked for SEPTA, but I don't know that I would strike in this economy. If they are counting on people not crossing the picket lines, they may be sorely mistaken, as jobs are tight all over. I have a friend in South Carolina who can't find a job, and she's in healthcare!

Ah well, such is life. If you don't already have one, I suggest that you hit I. Goldberg's down on Chestnut Street (between 8th & 11th) and get a full body jump suit, like the ones the highway maintenance folk wear, not only for the strike but the middle of winter too. I had one during school, and I couldn't wear anything else but a T-Shirt in the midst of several storms.

here's a link to the CitySearch review:


Ajayi Harris

Does this mean I can't take the Airport line when I fly back on Friday? Oh brother...what a pain

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