2014-06-14T205942Z_1_LYNXMPEA5D0G4_RTROPTP_2_USA-PENNSTATE

President Obama intervenes to end Philadelphia transit strike

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett speaks at a news conference in State CollegeBy Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday intervened to end a transit strike in the greater Philadelphia area, establishing an emergency board to force the two sides to negotiate. The move, at the behest of Republican Governor Tom Corbett, came hours after about 440 engineers and electricians who operate trains that connect Philadelphia and its suburbs walked off the job. The strike is over,” said Arthur Davidson, spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, one of the two unions on strike. The strike began at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, when a mandatory 30-day cooling off period expired in contract talks between the workers’ unions and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

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