Just to keep you up to speed, Just recently, in January;through System Council #7 of the IBEW ,we formally served upon SEPTA our Section 6 notice. This document is a notice under the Rail Labor Act to the carrier: esceentially is our Contract Proposal to amend the existing instrument which we have been working under. As you may know under the Rail Labor Act, the agreement remains in force until both parties come to an agreement. This could take a long time to resolve. We expect to meet later this month to receive their reply.
Under the current agreement one more 3% wage increase is due in April 2009.
As you may have heard, SEPTA notified the organizations they have a court decision granting them their wish to escape from the Federal Employers Liability Act ( FELA) not to be confused with (FMLA). The former, (FELA) is the railroad version of workers compensation. But under FELA, the recovery for an injured worker is richer then under workers comp. At this point I am not sure what is going to happen. The rail organizations including the IBEW have retained council to challenge this harsh act committed by SEPTA against the Railroad Division's workers. Stay tuned. I know we are attempting to get an injunction from a higher court, preventing SEPTA from enforcing this unacceptable conduct. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. I can be reached at 215.266. 3560. The office of IBEW System Council # 7 can be reached at 215.336.1053
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