Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Thank you, Mr. President. I just wanted to mention a couple things. Number one, I wanted to echo Councilwoman Tasco and Councilman Jones in that we do have a significant mental health issue here in the City of Philadelphia that at some point we have to figure out how to get ahead of it in a much more aggressive way than we have done, because obviously we don't want to see people get hurt and we need to do something about this sooner rather than later.

But over to SEPTA and their contract negotiations, whether it was this particular incident or many of the other incidents. As the Councilman had noted, I have a sister who works for SEPTA for many, many years, and I have spoken about this before, because I don't think that people realize the level of assaults or attacks or threats that drivers and operators face on a regular basis.

So I just really wanted to lend my voice to advocate that we not have a strike, that we work together. I'm sure that City Council and the Administration and whoever it takes will be willing to come to the table to make sure that we can avert a strike, because $50 million in an impact would be devastating to our city right now. We really just can't afford it.

SEPTA does a great job. There are a lot of things that we do right, and SEPTA is one of them, and I think that we need to acknowledge that and make sure that we don't have a strike in the coming months.

So I just wanted to join my colleague Councilman Jones and thank him for being on top of this very important issue.

Thank you.

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