Pennsylvania Observer

A blog for progressive people in Pennsylvania. Greens, Democrats and others who want to comment on current news items in the Keystone State.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Teamsters Strike the Pike

Teamsters Strike the ‘Pike. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), Locals 77 and 250, went on strike last week on Thanksgiving Eve against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC). IBT Turnpike workers have been without a contract since October 1, 2003. The issues are typical for workers today; job security, healthcare and a decent, livable wage. The PTC management has refused to bargain in good faith, drawing the negotiations on for 14 months past the expiration of the last contract. What makes it worse is that management is giving raises (averaging 4%) to non-union workers. Now the PTC has hired scab workers to replace the striking Teamsters. The PTC has also implemented a flat-fee of $2.00 for cars and $15.00 for commercial vehicles, regardless of the distance driven.

The Teamsters have asked people to not use the Turnpike during the strike. If that is impossible or overly burdensome, the Observer is suggesting that you send the difference between the flat fee and what you would have paid under the normal toll structure to the Teamsters’ strike fund (see any Teamster link above). We are also urging readers to contact the Turnpike Commission to express your support for the Turnpike workers. The PTC can be reached at 1-800-331-3414 or Governor Rendell is the de facto head of the Commission and could bring the negotiations to a positive conclusion for the workers if he desired it.
Contact Governor Rendell:
Governor Edward G. Rendell's Office
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
(717) 787-2500


  • At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Who do these uneducated jackasses think they are by going on strike? A monkey can do what they do, and in an economy where people with engineering degrees are delivering pizzas they think that sitting in a booth drinking coffee and reaching into car windows entitles them to $15 per hour? No wonder jobs are leaving the country. I'm glad the Republicans are standing up to this crap.


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