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SEPTA's Lawsuit to End Strike Denied by Philadelphia Judge

SEPTA Lawsuit to End Strike To Be Revisited Monday by Judge

A Philadelphia Common Pleas judge told SEPTA and the Transit Workers Union Local 234 that she would take another look at a lawsuit by the transit agency that asked for an injunction ending the strike. She said the necessity was not present Friday for a court of law to force bus, trolley and subway drivers back to work. But she would look again at the injunction request Monday morning. (Published Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016)

In an attempt to make sure the ongoing SEPTA strike doesn’t impact voting in Philadelphia, the transit agency filed for an injunction Friday to end the TWU 234 work stoppage.

The attempt failed -- at least for now.

A Common Pleas judge ruled Friday evening that an injunction forcing SEPTA city bus, trolley and subway drivers back to work was not immediately needed.

"There needs to be allegation of immediacy. There is enough evidence that an injunction might be appropriate, but not enough evidence an injunction right now is necessary," Judge Linda Carpenter said.

Carpenter said she would revisit the request by SEPTA for a court-ordered end to the strike at a hearing Monday morning. She scheduled that court appearance for 9:30 a.m. inside her City Hall courtroom.

Earlier in the day, SEPTA said it is "asserting that (the strike) constitutes a clear and present danger to the health, safety and welfare of our riders and the citizens of Philadelphia and the region."

The strike over health benefits and pensions waged into its fourth day Friday leaving SEPTA bus, subway and trolley riders needing to find other ways to get around.

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