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It's Your Dime: SEPTA Strike Costs City

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The six-day strike by SEPTA's largest union cost you a lot more than just extra time and money getting to and from work.

Fox 29 has learned the recently-ended strike will cost cash-strapped Philadelphia big bucks because scores of city police officers were pressed into action.

The extra cops were needed to man intersections during rush hour and to cover picket lines.

They'll be paid with tax dollars from an already-tight city budget, so taxpayers will front the bill.

According to the Mayor's Office of Public Safety, strike related duties covered by Philadelphia police officers cost the city more than $175,000.

About $58,864 covered officer's "straight time," and $116,969 was spent on overtime.

The sometimes bitter strike ended early Monday morning when the union went back to work.

Gov. Ed Rendell said he looks forward to five years of labor peace with Transpirt Workers Union Local 234.

Adding on the cost of the extra police duty brings Fox 29's "It's Your Dime" taxpayer tab up to $8,172,631.

And remember, we want to hear from you. If you have examples of government waste or unnecessary spending, call our tip line or visit our Fox 29 Investigates Web page.

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