SEPTA and Transit Workers Union Local 234 are discussing a two-year deal that would avert a strike. Credit: Metro file photo
With a strike by its workers seemingly imminent, SEPTA on Thursday night reported progress in negotiations with its biggest union.
SEPTA and Transit Workers Union Local 234 are discussing a two-year deal, according to SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams.
"Progress was made tonight during an informal meeting attended by SEPTA management and TWU Local 234 negotiation team leaders," Williams said in an email late Thursday.
The two sides will meet again at 11 a.m. Friday morning at an undisclosed location, Williams said.
SEPTA and TWU 234 were said to be far apart on just about every contract issue heading into Thursday. SEPTA reportedly had been pushing for a five-year contract agreement, and the union was seeking a two-year deal.
TWU Local 234 represents about 5,000 SEPTA bus drivers, subway, regional rail and trolley operators, mechanics and maintenance workers in Philadelphia and its suburbs. The fourth and final contract between its workers and SEPTA is set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday.