Day Two of Philadelphia’s major transit strike is underway, and rumor has it, the protesting unions are using the upcoming election to pressure officials for a settlement. 6ABC WPVI-TV reports:
Commuters in Philadelphia faced another day of transportation woes Wednesday as the SEPTA strike continues.
Early Wednesday morning, SEPTA released a statement saying the two sides “continue to make steady progress in the effort to reach an agreement on a new contract.” Talks are expected to resume later Wednesday morning.
SEPTA also said it is hopeful that a tentative agreement will be reached before Election Day.
“If we foresee an agreement will not come to pass, SEPTA intends to seek to enjoin the strike for November 8th to ensure that the strike does not prevent any voters from getting to the polls and exercising their right to vote,” SEPTA said.
Pennsylvania is an important battleground state and although polls of the state still show Hillary Clinton up, with the national race tightening, there’s a lot of pressure to make sure her operation in Pennsylvania delivers. As a bastion for the state’s Democrats, Philadelphia is crucial for Clinton’s success.
The possibility of the strike extending into next week raises the question, will the blue model lose Pennsylvania for Hillary?