Philly Transit Strike to Last Through Election Day

A Pennsylvania judge denied an injunction request to force transit workers in Philadelphia back to work before Election Day, but the city is trying to temporarily end the strike so that residents can get to their polling places on Tuesday. Employees of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) have been on strike since Oct. 31. “We are not going to lie down while they can’t resolve this strike, and just watch our passengers suffer. Not going to do it,” said Gino Benedetti, a lawyer for SEPTA. Pennsylvania is considered a battleground state, and the shutdown of rail, bus and trolley service in the city could have a significant effect on voter turnout. In response to the ruling, the city of Philadelphia on Sunday asked a state court to grant injunction to temporarily halt the strike on Tuesday so that residents can “vote without disruption.”