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Obama Intervenes in Pennsylvania Commuter-Rail Strike

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(PHILADELPHIA) -- President Obama intervened in the commuter-rail strike between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its employees on Saturday, appointing a Presidential Emergency Board to help resolve the dispute.

SEPTA engineers and electrical workers went on strike Saturday after no labor agreement was reached. The strike is expected to impact 60,000 passengers on 13 regional rail lines per weekday.

Obama signed the executive order creating the board on Saturday, at the request of Gov. Tom Corbett, R-Pa. Within the next month, the board will hear evidence and provide the president with a report featuring recommendations for a resolution of the strike.

The president named the three members of the Presidential Emergency Board on Saturday, choosing experienced and professional arbitrators Richard Kasher, Ann Kenis and Bonnie Weinstock. "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.

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