Rejected Pact Wasn’t So Bad, Experts Say

November 4, 2009 – In The News
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The proposed contract that SEPTA workers rejected was better than most workers are getting in the recession, some labor experts say. At worst, it was in line with other collective-bargaining agreements successfully negotiated in the last year. James A. Matthews III said collective-bargaining agreements this year average about three percent increases. Private-sector employers have been willing to grant pay increases in exchange for reductions in benefit contributions.