Obama steps into regional transit dispute

Transit service in Philadelphia is resuming Sunday after President Obama signed an executive order creating an emergency board to mediate a dispute between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and some of its employees.

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The board will hear evidence and report back to Obama within 30 days with recommendations on resolving the labor dispute at the transit system. Workers went on strike on Saturday.

Richard Kasher, a full-time arbitrator, will chair the board, which will include Ann Kenis and Bonnie Weinstock, the White House said.

“I appreciate that these dedicated individuals have agreed to devote their talent and years of experience working on labor-management disputes to help reach a swift and smooth resolution of this issue,” Obama said in a statement.

All employees scheduled for the Sunday morning shift have reported for work, a SEPTA spokeswoman told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

All 13 SEPTA Regional Rail lines should be back to normal operating schedules Sunday morning, the spokeswoman added.