Philly rail workers return, service to resume

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia commuter rail workers have begun returning to their jobs following a brief strike that ended when President Barack Obama intervened. Train service is expected to resume within hours.

The strike began after the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and 400 engineers and electricians couldn't reach a contract deal Friday. It shut down 13 train lines connecting Philadelphia to the suburbs, Philadelphia International Airport and New Jersey.

Obama on Saturday created an emergency board to mediate the contract dispute.

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen vice president Stephen Bruno says his union's members are complying with the order to be back starting at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

SEPTA says rail service should be running around 6 a.m.

The workers want raises of at least 14.5 percent over five years, about 3 percentage points more than SEPTA has offered.

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