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October 29, 2009
Advisory: SEPTA Transit Strike Contingency Plans
As of this announcement, employees of SEPTA’s Philadelphia transit division are negotiating their employment contracts with the organization. If an agreement is not reached, a strike has been authorized and could occur without notice. This strike would affect SEPTA's bus, subway and Market-Frankford El service inside Philadelphia's city limits. If the Victory Division of SEPTA votes to support the strike, bus and trolley service to 69th Street would also be affected. The strike would not impact SEPTA’s other suburban bus, trolley services or Regional Rail, which are operated by different union workforces. We understand that a transit strike will pose transportation problems for many faculty, staff and students of the University. To provide assistance to those affected, Penn Transit Services has worked with the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Drexel University to develop a contingency plan for campus bus service and special parking areas. Details of this plan are available on www.upenn.edu/transportation.
We also recommend some additional measures for departments and individuals that may provide assistance and help maintain regular University operations and services:
During a transit strike, University business will continue as usual. The University’s attendance and leave polices will remain in effect. We urge everyone to make transportation plans in advance of the potential strike. Please allow sufficient time for the delays you will likely encounter in your commute. We encourage administrators to use discretion in making reasonable allowances for lateness attributable to transportation conditions. Any questions concerning the time off guidelines may be directed to the Division of Human Resources, Department of Staff and Labor Relations at (215) 898-6093.
Please review the contingency information prepared by Penn Transit Services which is available at www.upenn.edu/transportation. To speak with someone directly, please call (215) 898-RIDE (7433).
– Marie D. Witt, Vice President, Penn Business Services