Welcome to The Philly Four, a daily recap of four of the top stories from the Philadelphia area, covering everything from local government to the Phillies bullpen. A one-stop shop for the most important news bites in the City of Brotherly Love.
- The union representing SEPTA workers has tentatively scheduled a strike authorization vote in the face of standstill negotiations. The conflict between SEPTA and the union arises from no wage increase being included in the new contract as well as numerous other decisions meant to weaken the workers' power within the company.
- Philadelphia's ban on single-use plastic bags began on Oct. 1 and stores are mixed on how they are enforcing it. Some stores still have a supply of bags they are trying to get rid of prior to the fines being enforced in April. Others have already completely gotten rid of the bags. Reviews are also mixed amongst customers as well.
- Philadelphia Eagles' right tackle Lane Johnson has been away from the team for two weeks due to personal reasons. On Monday he released a statement on what he has been going through and how he is dealing with both anxiety and depression. "Depression and anxiety are things I've dealt with for a long time and have kept hidden from my friends and family. If you're reading this and struggling, please know that you are not alone," Johnson wrote in a statement announcing that he is rejoining the team.
- Philadelphia's Haitian community held a rally on Sunday to stand with the asylum seekers approaching the US-Mexico border. The rally hoped to also drum up support for the over 100 Haitian migrants who have already made it to Philadelphia. The goal is to get them funding, housing and legal services.