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SEPTA Workers Vote to Authorize a Strike; YC News' Nik the Hat Convicted; Man Shot in DE House Fire
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/24/21 11:24 pm | updated: 10/24/21 11:25 pm
 
The largest worker's union for SEPTA voted on Sunday to authorize a strike vote. The Transport Worker Union Local 234 unanimously agreed to authorize a strike, but workers probably won't walk off the job until their contract expires at midnight October 31. This would affect bus, subway, and trolley service in the city. Thousands of school students rely on SEPTA to get to school. The Philadelphia School District says that a strike could force schools back to virtual learning. "We're not trying to be greedy, we're not trying to break the bank, we're not trying to be unreasonable," Willie Brown, the president of the TWU Local 234, said. Workers are looking for fair wages, parental leave, and safety improvements.

SEE ALSO: Philadelphia School District SEPTA strike information

SEPTA said in a statement:
"SEPTA is committed to negotiating in good faith with TWU Local 234 on a new contract that is fair and financially responsible. We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached without any service disruptions. While federal COVID relief dollars are providing vital funds to stabilize operations during this ongoing crisis, these are temporary resources. SEPTA continues to lose approximately $1 million a day in revenues due to sharp declines in ridership, and with more employers embracing telework as we move into recovery, we know that ridership will not return to where it was in February 2020. We have to find a way to provide fair wages and benefits to employees, while also facing the challenges ahead. That's why SEPTA has presented two paths to TWU leadership: a shorter-term deal that provides wage increases, a pandemic payment and other benefits, and a longer-term proposal that reflects future uncertainties. We look forward to reaching agreement on a new contract that provides stability for both our employees and the customers who rely on us every day."

A Broomall, Delaware County man was found guilty on Thursday, 10/21, of creating a fake e-mail message from his probation officer as well as impersonating two national reporters. 28-year-old Nikolaos Hatziefstathiou, aka Nik the Hat, was convicted of forgery, identity theft, and tampering with public records. Hatziefstathiou runs a news website called YC News. In 2019, Hatziefstathiou forged an e-mail that looked like it came from the Delaware County Adult Probation and Parole Services. He inserted inflammatory racist language into the message. He then posted that false e-mail and wrote a story with the false narrative on his website YC News. Nik then created fake e-mail accounts and posed as Stephanie Wash, a 'Good Morning America' producer, and Liam Stack, a New York Times reporter. He sent several e-mails from the fake accounts to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office asking for information and comment on the story. The real journalists told officials they didn't send the inquiries and investigators determined they had been fabricated. Hatziefstathiou will be sentenced in November.

SEE ALSO: Delco Man Forged E-mail, Impersonated Press

Firefighters in Delaware discovered a man shot to death inside a house on fire early Sunday morning, 10/24. It happened around 2:10 a.m. on the 11000 block of Hastings Farm Road in Seaford. Delaware State Police say that after the Seaford Fire Department put out the fire, a 39-year-old victim was found dead in the living room due to a gunshot. Investigators believe that unknown suspects forced their way into the home and fired multiple shots. The victim was struck once. The suspects then set the living room on fire before fleeing. Anyone with information shoul call 302-753-3864.

 
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 by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA | responded: 10/24 11:25 pm
 
Nikolaos Hatziefstathiou, aka Nik the Hat.

 

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